“I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus ” – Philemon 1:4-6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Authority is not without responsibility because it is responsibility that defines authority.
The believer’s authority is not just available in Christ to the believer, it is a necessity; it is necessary. The believer’s authority is not something that is given without reasons, the believer’s authority is given with reasons and as the study proceeds, the reasons will be clear. But truth is, for there to be authority, there must be reasons. At salvation, the saved man who was saved by Jesus’ finished work was ushered into the ongoing work of Christ and this ongoing work puts responsibility on the saved, hence his authority. That is, responsibility will define authority (this will be explained as the study continues). The authority of the believer is not given without reasons, the believer’s authority is with reasons; it is because the believer has responsibility after salvation, hence, his authority. So if responsibility will define authority, it will mean the kind or extent of authority that the believer has will be to the degree of responsibility he has. Having set the pace in which the thoughts in this study will be targeted towards, the facts that will come to the fore by our investigation in this study are:
- What is authority (the believers’ authority)?
- How do we know that the believer is in authority?
- What is the “why” of authority?
- What is the reason for the believers’ authority?
- Is it enough to just know your authority? What about enforcing your authority and living in the victory that God in Christ has provided?
- Can the believer in authority, in dominion, in power lose his authority/dominion or power?
- And how do we reconcile the question before this one with the idea or theology that says “God created Adam in his own image and likeness with the very life of God in Adam. And God gave Adam authority and dominion, but when man (Adam) sinned he lost that authority to Satan. So God had to send Jesus to come and die for man and get back the authority back to man”. How correct is this theology and true is if this theology is correct, it means just like Adam, when a believer today sins, he loses his authority to Satan and just like it took Jesus to die and get back the authority to man according to that theology, then it must equally take Jesus to die again in order to get the authority back and give it back to the man who lost it.
- The authority of the believer is not an afterthought of the Father, how do we know?
Follow the studies as the above questions and many more will come to light.
INSTRUCTION:Read your bible.
PRAYER: I declare that God’s word becomes real to me as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: If you cannot read your bible, then you have settled for another gospel.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3