“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power” – Ephesians 1:16-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The authority and power of Jesus belongs to the believer. Who Jesus is and what Jesus has relates to the believer in him.

The words of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-19 are crucial to as at this point on this subject, it reads “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost”. The statement of Jesus here was upon his exaltation. And the word “power” here is from the Greek word that means authority. Upon his resurrection where he was exalted, all authority was given to him. However, in the four gospels, his disciples used his authority. In Luke 9:1-2, you will find out that Jesus gave them power and authority over all devils, and they cured diseased. In Luke 10:19, you will find similar truth; they were given power or authority over the enemy. So, he gave them authority in the four gospels. The question now is what stood out in Matthew 28:18?

Observe that Matthew did not add, “I give it to you” (that is, I give power/ authority to you) because we are now in him. What they had in Luke 9 was Jesus giving them power of attorney but we don’t have it by Jesus giving it to us as power of attorney. What Jesus gave to them was a right to use His authority. Observe that at this time, Jesus was anointed of the spirit (Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18 give details). Acts 10:38 says “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”. He now give his disciples power. This is the power of attorney, that is, it is not theirs but was given a right to use it on his behalf. Jesus died and rose and is exalted and says that based on the authority that I have now, you can go. Hence, that authority belongs to us today, not as a power of attorney but as a possession. In other words, we own the authority, Jesus authority is our possession. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: When looking at Jesus, equally look at yourself in him.

CONFESSION: The authority of Jesus belongs to me today not as power of attorney; it is mine, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Your authority in Christ is your possession in Christ.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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