Category: Jesus’ Authority

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 341

1 Understanding our purpose 2 Rule of God

March 6

Jesus came to confront and conquer the kingdom of darkness (cont.)

In Acts 10:38, Peter summarized Jesus’ ministry by pointing out:

Acts 10 38

It is rather obvious, that everywhere Jesus went, He found the residue of all things that were not representative of the rule of God – and He confronted those things, with loving authority, to bring them back in line with what characterizes the rule of God. This is the simplest, and most profound, understanding of the life and ministry of Jesus. He came to confront the dominion of darkness and defeat it through His words, and through His work.

Coupled with Jesus’ life, Jesus’ death brought the battle to the usurper in the spiritual, and eternal, arena. All this is the focus of the cross. Jesus went to the cross, not only to set humanity free from sin, but also to completely liberate humanity from the reign and rule of the usurper. The results of Jesus’ atoning work is summarized in this way:

public spectacle

What Jesus secured at the cross is secured for all eternity. The work of the devil has been destroyed (Hebr. 2:14).

But wherever men’s souls are still subjugated to the devil’s rule, the usurper’s reign still presides. Jesus’ work, in His death, only applies to those who receive it by faith. It requires a submission to God’s rule in order to experience the defeat of the rule of the enemy of God.

As James was inspired to remind us of the principle at work: 

Colorful clouds on the dramatic sunset sky

Because of Jesus’ work, the devil has no legal right to rule or reign over human lives any longer. Through the liberating work of Jesus, we can be completely submitted again to the rule of our Creator-King, and restored back to our original design and purpose. Jesus came to confront the dominion of darkness and to restore the rule of God once again. He came to confront and defeat it through His life… and His death.

When our Savior came, He came to take back what was stolen, to restore what had been damaged, decimated, or destroyed. He came to reclaim life from death. All of Jesus’ work is centered in the rule of God. Jesus came to confront the kingdom of darkness and to defeat and destroy it forever. In His life, and in His death, He accomplished this purpose.

Six – Understanding the Holy Spirit, p. 191

1 HS Banner

July 13

We have been looking at what Scripture says belongs to Jesus…

3) Jesus possesses all authority to rule (Power to rule over all principalities and powers). Jesus has not just won the right to rule over creation – He also possesses the ability (or power) to rule. This is what it means to have “authority.” Authority is the ability or power to do whatever is desired. Authority is essential to the reign of any king.

Just how essential is this authority? Jesus’ Great Commission to His disciples begins with the power at work behind that commission: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:18)

great-commission 1

The ability to successfully bring people into the Kingdom of God begins, and endures, with the power and authority of The King. A disciple’s commission can only be fulfilled in the power and authority of the orders of a King!

Jesus connected this rightful authority with the gift of eternal life when He prayed…

prayer-jesus

As we have seen, this authority is to be exercised through God’s New Covenant people (The Church), as the apostle was inspired to teach us: The Father raised Jesus “from the dead and seated Him at his Right Hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion… and God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be Head over everything for The Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way… His intent was that now, through The Church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (from Ephesians 1:20-23; 3:10-11)

What was accomplished through The Christ, through His death, resurrection, and ascension, would now be implemented through the Holy Spirit in the power and authority given to Jesus, the rightful Ruler over all things. What Jesus possesses is rightfully exercised through those who wear His Name – and who are empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

HS empowered 1

We must always remember that we are all in the midst of an ongoing war – a confrontation of light vs. darkness; a conflict of lies vs. truth; a clash of freedom vs. bondage. As the apostle reminds us: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

At the heart of this warfare is a dynamic truth: All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus. We wage warfare against the forces of darkness in His authority and for the glory of His Name. The Holy Spirit has come to continually remind us of the power and authority of our Lord Jesus. He has come to make known, and keep making known, the authority at work within us, just as it was at work within our Master as He walked upon this earth.