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Summary: What must we know about the Authority of Christ? How does the Authority of Christ apply to us? Is the Authority of Christ important to my Christian life? Find out and be inspired.

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The Authority of Christ

Question: What must we know about the Authority of Christ?

Question: How does the Authority of Christ apply to us?

Question: Is the Authority of Christ important to my Christian life?

These are some of the questions that we will attempt to answer from today’s message.

We need to know that:

1. The Authority of Christ was given by God the Father

Matthew 28:18

“All authority [exousia] is *given unto me* in heaven and earth.”

The word Exousia means = delegated authority

God, the Master of the Universe, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Creator of all living things has all the authority in the whole Universe.

Now God gave that authority to Jesus according to Matthew 28:18. That is delegated authority.

Jesus had authority/exousia when he was on earth, and the reaction was that the people were awed, and glorified God when they saw the authority that Jesus had.

John 14:10,11

“The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.”

Everything Jesus did and said, He did it with the authority that God gave to Him - Jesus said both His words and His works were given to Him by God the Father.

Illustration:

Example: A manager has delegated authority [exousia]. If a manager resigns, he has no more authority. A policeman with uniform has authority when he stands at the traffic junction.

When he removes his policeman’s clothes, he has no more authority.

Application:

And because we are the Body of Christ and Jesus is the Head of the Body, we carry His Authority with us everywhere we go. It is not Jesus who is physically walking on the earth today, but you and me. So God wants us to know that the authority that He has placed on Jesus Christ is now walking with us.

We need to know that:

2. The Authority of Christ includes Heaven and Earth

Matthew 28:18

“All authority [exousia] is given unto me in *heaven and earth*”

Philippians 2:10

“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in *heaven and on earth and under the earth* and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

That authority given to our Lord Jesus Christ is not just for the period of history when Jesus was walking on the earth more than 2000 years ago. It is for the NOW. And it includes all heavens and all earth.

There is no place anywhere that the authority of Jesus does not apply. Hallelujah!

What does Authority include Heaven means?

Heaven means:-

a. Authority over angels

Hebrews 1:6 “Let all God’s angels worship Him.”

All of God’s angels obey Jesus and the words of Jesus.

Satan is a fallen angel – he also will have to bow his knees and worship Jesus.

What does Authority include Heaven means?

Heaven means:-

b. Authority over Principalities and Powers

Ephesians 1:20

“God raised Jesus from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power [authority], and might, and dominion…”

Satan is called the “god of this world” and the “prince of the power of the air”

- That means Satan is also under the feet of Jesus and must submit to the authority of Jesus Christ.


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