We Have Authority Through Jesus' Name
May 31, 2006
We Christians have authority on the earth. We have authority over devils and demons, we have authority over sickness and disease, we have authority over storms and mountains. Most Christians don't realize that they have authority and as a result we put up with things we should be putting a stop to. We sit around wondering why God won't do something when he has given us the authority.
I believe that the exercising of this authority is integral to God accomplishing his plans upon the earth. I don't think God can do it without us. Or to put it in more theologically correct language, I don't think God intends to do it without us.
We have authority through the name of Jesus. Our examples should be the 70 disciples that Jesus sent forth in Luke chapter 10.
Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest… 8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
After what things? The things described in chapter 9. It says he appointed other seventy also. So who were the others? Who were the ones he had also appointed? They're the one he sends out in Chapter 9.
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Now I went through that step by step to suggest this: Jesus gave the seventy disciples basically the same instructions he gave the twelve. He probably said something similar to them to the effect that he had given the seventy power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases. It's certain that he gave them power to heal and cast out diseases because he told them to heal the sick. My point is the 70 weren't any different than the 12 and I believe the 70 are no different than any of Jesus' modern day disciples.
How did Jesus give them this power and authority? Did he give them a special magic wand or something? Did he lay hands and transmit some sort of power to them? (I believe in the laying on of hands but there is no indication he did anything like that here.) The returning disciples tell us how Jesus gave them this power and authority:
Luke 10:17 “17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
It was through his name that they had power over unclean spirits and to heal diseases. Jesus had given them a permit to use his name to exercise his authority, to act in his place and he has given all of his disciples that same permission.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Jesus says that those who believe on him will do the works that he has done. It doesn't say the specially sent ones but it says the ones who have faith in Jesus. How will they do these works of Jesus and these even greater works?
Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do…
This is essentially a repetition of what happened with the 12 and the seventy in chapters 9 and 10 of Luke. Jesus is giving a permit, permission, license, authority to use his name in the doing of the works of Jesus. That's just what you would expect a disciple to do, i.e. to copy his master, to duplicate his master. That's the whole point of having disciples.
This same scene is essentially repeated again in Mark 16:
Mark 16:15-18 “15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe;In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Jesus has given us the right, the privilege, the permission to use his name so that we can do his works on the earth.
This is the Sunday, April 23 service, it last about 40 minutes.
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