The Source of Every Christian’s Authority

 

What is the source of every Christian’s authority? Well, first of all, let’s examine this authority.

Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary describes authority as “The power or right to do something, particularly to give orders and see that they are followed.  The word authority as used in the Bible usually means a person’s right to do certain things because of the position or office he holds.”

In view of this definition we can see that in a general sense everyone from a king to a small child has some degree or level of authority.  While a king has authority over many people, a child also has authority, even if it is only over a small puppy.    But there is one who has absolute authority over all things.  His name is Jesus.  He has authority over all people.  He has authority over all the creatures on the earth and in the water.  He has authority over all the plants and trees, and over all that grows on the land and in the water.  He has authority over all of nature, even over the wind, the rain, and the snow.  He has authority over the entire universe—over the planets, the moons, and stars, and over all their orbits.  He also has authority over the unseen world—over the angels, also over the devil and over all the demons.  He has authority over all evil, over all sin, over all sickness and disease, and even over death.  He reigns supreme in authority over all things, now and forever (Eph. 1:21, 22).

Accordingly, as Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary points out, God’s authority is intrinsic to His essential nature, while man’s authority is derived by God and limited by the particular position or office God gives him.  Therefore, our authority is really His authority (Romans 13:1, “There is no authority except from God.”), which is entrusted to us, according to the position He gives us, to be used for His purposes.

As Christians, God calls every one of us to this awesome ministry of authority; we are his appointed leaders to do His work.  In this blog article we will examine …

 

The Source of Our Position of Authority

As we said earlier, a person’s authority is based on his bestowed position or office.  And the source of our position of authority comes from Jesus Christ. When we trusted Him to save us, He, by His death, gave us new life.  That is, when we gave ourselves to Him, instantly our old life died with Him on the cross.  We were buried with Him, then raised with Him, and we ascended to heaven with Him and sat down with Him on His throne (Rom. 6:4-6, Gal. 2:20).  This all happened to us instantly, and spiritually, when we trusted Him to save us from our sins.  Yes, as long as it took to say, “save me Lord,” He brought us from spiritual death to spiritual life—eternal life (Jn. 5:24).  And now we reign in life with Christ (Rom. 5:17).  We are members of His body (1 Cor. 12:12), and we have joined the family of God with all others who have trusted Him.  Praise God!  When we were dead in our sins, He made us alive together with Christ by His marvelous grace.  And He raised us up together (all of us who believe), and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 2:5-6).

Now when Christ died on the cross and was raised up by the power of God, He demonstrated His absolute authority over death and sin and Satan.  Therefore, at the cross, He disarmed Satan and his demons and rendered them powerless (Col. 2:15, Heb. 2:14-15).  That is, they have no authority or power over us to make us sin.  Christ has given us victory over sin.

In Romans, chapter 6, it tells us that because we are in Christ and under His rule we are dead to the reign and rule of sin; and we reign in life with Christ in God.  In fact, because we are His body all authority that belongs to Him also belongs to us.  Accordingly, since God put all things under Christ’s feet, He also has put all things under our feet—including sin and Satan.  Yes, we have all the authority of Christ and we spiritually reign in Him over all things and all powers (Eph. 1:20-23; 3:16-20).

So, if someone were to ask you where your authority comes from, you could simply say that it comes from Christ.  He is the source of it.  For since God gave Christ all authority, and because our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3), what is Christs’ is ours as well.  But we should not boast about it.  It is not at all about us—about our authority; it is all His, worked out through us when we abide in Him. Thus in Him we are made kings and priests.  And through His name we reign.

 

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Free eBook on the Rapture of the Church

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I am happy to offer you today this FREE pdf eBook entitled Biblical Evidence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. As I have written in my book description,

Many regard the idea of a pre-Tribulation rapture as an escape for cowardly Christians who wish to escape not only the coming Tribulation but the present trials and responsibilities of life. This book will help to dispel that idea as the reader will see clear, biblical evidence of a pre-Tribulation rapture. This evidence is God’s design to bring us comfort and encouragement in these last days. This study, in four parts, thoroughly investigates the subject of the rapture. Part one lays out the groundwork for the rapture, in which we focus mainly on a study of Daniel 9. Part two is a short study of the kingdom of God, so the reader can better see the significance of the rapture. In part three

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Disrespectful Talk about President Trump: Freedom of Speech or Disrespect?

Prayer for Trump and Country

 

Freedom is one of the greatest things that America is known for—something most other countries don’t have. We have freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble peacefully, freedom to petition our government, and freedom of speech (the first Amendment to the Const.). Freedom is a very good thing, a gift from God, but it can be abused and misused.  For instance, we have the freedom to say anything we want about anyone, verbally or in print; but if what we say is disrespectful and unloving, this is not helpful. Disrespect of anyone is not good, especially if we are talking about authority figures—like the President.

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY FIGURES

1. We are required by God to submit to (and to have respect for) authority figures, because they have been established by God for our good. Consider the following passage in Romans…

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Pray For Love and Unity between Democrats and Republicans

Prayer for Trump and Country

Pray that our Nation will experience a new attitude of love between Republicans and Democrats.

We recently (1/9/2018) witnessed this kind of attitude in a bipartisan meeting of senators and leaders to discuss DOCA and other pressing concerns—where the press was present during almost the entire meeting. Everyone had positive things to say about the historical meeting, especially how the President conducted it.  I viewed the entirety of it on YouTube. I was quite impressed but not surprised.

Pray that there will be more meetings of this kind in the future and that people will be willing to listen to each other and compromise.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with a little compromise as long as major important things aren’t given up.

There are some great verses in Romans 12 that I think can be applied here.

Romans 12:9-21

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How to Prayer Unceasingly — Four Points

 

Unceasing prayer is so important and also very possible. The following discussion, centered on the Old Testament Tabernacle and the burning of incense, will help explain how we can pray unceasingly.

As we approach the important topic of burning the incense, which is symbolic of praying, let us consider how to answer the following four questions:

What makes the incense burn? As we have discussed in a previous post, the incense upon the golden altar was symbolic of Christ and His prayers. And the aroma of those prayers rose up to God only by the burning coals of the brazen altar, which prefigured His death for our sins on the cross.

But the question before us now is: what started (or ignited) the incense (which for us is the prayers) on the golden altar?   And what kept the prayers going?  Well, I believe it was, and is, the Holy Spirit.  He is the fire that burns the coals and ignites the incense.  And so, He also is the one who gives us prayer passion.  Yes, He burns in our heart the incense of Christ in us, which rises up to the Father as prayer desire—the desire of both the Father and the Son.  For the Holy Spirit works in us to melt our heart together with the Father and the Son, so that we pray the same things as He does with the same holy passion.

Why was (and is) the burning of incense to be perpetual? Perpetual means continual, without stop, and lasting for eternity. In other words, the burning of incense was never to go out (Ex. 30:8).

Realistically, it probably did go out on occasion. And there isn’t any tabernacle or golden altar now—so it’s out!  It didn’t last forever!  So what did it really mean?  Well, again, it was symbolic.  It prefigured the perpetual intercession of Christ for us.  And that will always be true.  Hebrews 7:25 tells us that “He always lives to make intercession for us.”  His intercession will keep us and sustain us forever.

But the perpetual burning of incense also prefigured the believer’s unceasing prayer and worship, for we are called by God to be always yielded to Him, offering our bodies always in constant service of worship (Rom. 12:1). Likewise, God commands us to be always filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18), rejoicing and giving thanks always, and praying without ceasing (1Thess. 5:16-18).  This does not mean, of course, to pray words continuously, without a break; but rather, to pray persistently, regularly, and to be always in a spirit of prayer.  And this is entirely possible if God has filled us with His Spirit.

What makes our prayers perpetual? Well of course, we have just answered that question. The same One who has filled us accomplishes it and caused us to pray without ceasing—the Holy Spirit. He is the one who constantly intercedes in us and for us.

Likewise, as well as helping us to be always in a spirit of prayer, He calls us aside for special times of prayer—when we pray both in spirit and in words. I would say He does it as often as we are willing to pray; that is, as often as we take the time for it.  In other words, if we say to ourselves, “I want to pray seven times a day; at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and at midnight,” I believe He will remind us of what we wanted to do by calling us aside for those times.

But let me back up and say this: even though we choose to pray at certain times, He is the one that gives us the desire to pray at those times. And then, when we agree with Him on the times, He helps us to stick with it.

And He may also burden us to pray at irregular times—right out of the blue! So we need to be ready to pray at all times.

I want to emphasize in this section, however, that we should really try to set aside two times a day, morning and evening, for prayer. Why do I say this?  Because two times a day, morning and evening, live coals were brought from the brazen altar to the golden altar to keep the incense burning.  Thus, since the burning of incense was symbolic of prayer, I believe that that is an indication for us that God desires us to pray at those times.

Accordingly, as David Levy points out in his book, “In New Testament times the disciples kept morning and evening hours of prayer in the temple and in their homes (Acts 3:1; 10:9, 30), indicating that God desires believers to set aside specific times for prayer throughout the day.”

What will be the result of our regular prayer times? I believe that when we set aside certain times to pray, especially in the morning and evening hours, those times of prayer will serve to strengthen us spiritually. They will in fact keep the Holy Spirit burning in us throughout the whole day so that we will be more receptive to God, hence, more in the spirit of prayer, and more alert to keep praying for special needs whenever He calls us.

But there is another result that we must consider. We read in Exodus 30:7-8 that Aaron burnt fragrant incense on the golden altar every morning and evening, which was at the same time that he trimmed the lamps.  Consequently, at exactly the same time that the incense was re-ignited, when the fragrance became the strongest, the light of the candles burned the brightest.  The meaning is clear.  Since the light from the candlestick is symbolic of the light of Christ shining out to a lost world, and since the sweet aroma of incense is symbolic of Christ in our prayers, the light of Christ in us will be the brightest when we are praying in Christ.  Prayer then makes a big difference in our evangelistic efforts—as to how people see us and respond to us.  They will see Christ in us more strongly when we have taken the time to pray.  But they will not only see the light of Christ in us; they will sense a sweet aroma in us, which hopefully they will discover to be the sweet aroma of Christ (2 Cor. 2:14-15).

 

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Christians to Pray for President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Prayer for Trump and Country

This is just the bare bones of the strategy—the five pillars. There is much more to it, but I thought this would be enough for now. I think it would be a good idea for all Christian Americans to pray for this strategy to work. It’s a good plan and well worth our prayers for America and for all humanity.

I. PROTECT THE HOMELAND: President Trump’s fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.

II. PROMOTE AMERICAN PROSPERITY: A strong economy protects the American people, supports our way of life, and sustains American power.

III. PRESERVE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH: An America strengthened, renewed, and rejuvenated will ensure peace and deter hostility.

IV. ADVANCE AMERICAN INFLUENCE: As a force for good throughout its history, America will use its influence to advance our interests and benefit humanity.

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What Will Happen to Israel’s Neighbors? – Psalm 83

Pray for Israrel and Israel’s neighbors.

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I have just watched a short video by Joel Rosenberg, asking for prayers and donations to evangelize and aid Israel and her neighbors—the Palestinians, the people in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. These are the people that Joel has a heart for and that his ministry is focused on. It is “a region,” he says, “that has been shattered and shaken in recent years by war, terrorism, and genocide; and they desperately need to hear the good news that God loves them and has a plan for them and that Jesus is the answer.”

Rosenberg said, “People in these countries are so open to hear the gospel. Muslims in these countries are curious and open to hearing the good news, many of them for the first time in their lives.”

“Along with the gospel,” Rosenberg says, “there is a need for humanitarian relief in these areas and for acts…

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