Authority of the Believer

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Matthew 28:18–19 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore… 

 
When God created man, He gave man authority to have dominion over everything on earth.

Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, the tame beasts and over all of the earth and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

 But when man sinned, he gave this authority to Satan. And when man’s authority was transferred to Satan, Satan brought in diseases, poverty, strife, bitterness, pain, loss and death. He messed up everything on earth for man.

It was a man who gave away his authority to Satan. So it had to be a man who would legally take it back. And God has done this through a Man. His name is Jesus!
 
By His death on the cross, Jesus righteously restored all that man had lost. That is why, just before He went back to heaven, He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore…” Those words tell us that He has transferred His authority to us.

HOW AUTHORITY WORKS
One thing that made it clear that Jesus was the son of God, is because He exercised authority that nobody else had access to in history!

He cast out demons using His authority: 

Mark 1:27, “And they were all amazed, and they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

He healed the sick with His spoken word: 

Luke 7:7, “I am not even worthy to come and meet you.  Just say the word from where you are and my servant will be healed.”

Jesus has been given authority over everything:

Matthew 28:18, And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore… 

THROUGH THE SPOKEN WORD
Authority is exercised through our spoken word. The power of life and death are in the spoken word: 

Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it 

AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO “THEM WHO BELIEVE”
Jesus gave His disciples authority to carry out His will here on earth, but they weren’t the only ones. He also gave ALL believers authority to heal the sick and cast out devils as well!

Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe;  in my Name they will drive out demons  and; they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up snakes with their hands;  and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;  they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well.

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