Key Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-12
Introduction: So far, we have learned about our enemy, our Lord, the weapons of our warfare, and part one of the authority of the believer. Let’s continue with the authority of the believer. I ended the last lesson by saying we will establish in scripture that Christ Jesus has been placed above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and He is the head of the church. Everything is under the feet of Jesus. Christ Jesus has all power. He is above all else, and we as believers have power and authority that many do not realize.
How Did Jesus Exercise Authority? - Jesus Christ always knew what to address to solve each peculiar problem. We as believers need to learn what to address to solve the problems we face.
* There was a time Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law of fever by rebuking the fever out of her (Luke 4:38, 39).
* There was a time he cast out the spirit of infirmity from one that had been bent over for eighteen years to get her healed (Luke 13:12).
* Yet another time he saw a paralytic on a mat and He addressed sin with its emotional bondage in his life to heal the man.
* When the wind and the sea begun to rage, He did not rebuke the devil. Instead, He rebuked the wind and spoke to the sea, and the storm ceased. Jesus exercised authority over.
* With authority and power He commanded the unclean spirits, and they come out (Luke 4:36)!
* What are unclean spirits like? We often see them manifesting themselves through sicknesses, cancer, various other disease, filthy talk, insanity, etc.
What Other Areas Did Jesus Exercise Authority?
•Over Demons - Mark 3:15 – “And to have power to heal sicknesses and[a] to cast out demons…”
•Over Nature - Mark 4:41 – “…said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
• Over Death - John 10:18 – “I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.”
• Over Sins - Matt 9:6 – “…that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins “He said to the paralytic…”
Why Is It Important To Study About The Areas Where Christ Exercised Authority?
-----In dealing with problems, there is the need to identify the spirit or force that is at play so that we will address those forces effectively.
-----If we fail to do this we might be beating about the wind or punching off target and get no results.
How Can The Believer Become Effective In Exercising Our Authority - We become effective in exercising our authority as believers if we can identify what forces are at play and address them directly. Knowing and identifying the enemy is essential for effective warfare. Our adversary takes advantage of us because we are often ignorant of who they are. When our adversaries are identified, and exposed, they are paralyzed, and they have to flee into hiding, never to show up again to face the consequences.
What Is The Source Of The Believer’s Authority? – Our source of authority is through the resurrected power of Jesus Christ!
So, How Has The Resurrection Affected The Believer? - Ephesians 1:18-23 answers that question. It was by an incomparable great power that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. The devil has no match for that power. Each time he encounters that power, he finds himself at his wits end.
* Additionally, the devil is no match to us who are believers, because we possess this incomparable great power also!
* The power of the resurrection at work in the believer makes the believer a force to reckon with.
* Ephesians 1:18-3 is a prayer, asking God to give us revelation and knowledge about the incomparably great power He has given to us believers.
* Knowledge is what we need.
* We need to apply our hearts to knowledge.
* Most of the time the devil takes advantage of us because we do not realize what authority we have.
* We go about moaning when we should be ruling.
* We resort to using money and medication to solve all of our problems or soliciting for human help when we ought to be exercising authority.
* Christ Jesus is the source of our authority.
* The incomparably great power (a power that is unbeatable, no power surpasses) that we possess as believers gives us our authority.
* Revelation knowledge empowers us to exercise this authority.
As A Believer, We Have To Learn To Release This Power Continually – Let’s read Ephesians 2:1-8 and I Corinthians 6:17
The source of our authority lies in the fact that we have been saved from our sins and joined to Christ.
Being joined to Him as part of His body, with He as the head, we are raised up with him and seating with him in the place where He is reigning or taking dominion.
The words used in the above verses are “made alive.”
In other words, we are given a new spirit by salvation.
We are together (in union) with Christ.
We are raised up (elevated or placed above or ranked above) others.
We are to be sitting, ruling, and reigning or exercising dominion over all things.
Conclusion: - By trying to identify further the source of the believer’s authority, there is a lot to learn from the scripture. We learn the following:
The prince of the power of the air is an evil spirit working inside sons of disobedience.
Because of these controlling spirits or their manipulations, people’s desires, mind, conduct and very nature have become evil.
That is why people are walking in lust.
That is why people are walking in carnality (the course of this world).
They are under the control of the prince of the power of the air.
There are also forces at work in the air that affect the environment and communities.
There are cities and towns where promiscuity, conflicts, diseases, witchcraft, wickedness, drunkenness and the sort abound.
It is because of the prince of the air.
If we can identify the works of the prince of the air in various places, we can take those territories for Christ.
We should consider these things and realize how important it is to exercise authority as believers.
Many Christians will lead successful lives if they deal with the prince of the power of the air, which is the spirit at work.
We will continue with Part 3 of “The Authority of The Believer,” in our next study of Spiritual Warfare.