As believers, we find ourselves possessing a divine inheritance—the authority and power bestowed upon us by our Creator. Let’s delve into the rich tapestry of biblical teachings, specifically examining passages from the books of Matthew and Luke to explore the theological foundations supporting the idea that God has empowered us to walk in authority.
In Matthew 28, we encounter the Great Commission, where Jesus, after His resurrection, declares, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”. This proclamation serves as the cornerstone of our understanding of authority. We are called to go and make disciples, knowing that the authority of the risen Christ accompanies us.
In Matthew 21, Jesus speaks about the power of faith. He says, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt… if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith”. This passage reveals the incredible power that stems from unwavering faith in God.
In Matthew 10, Jesus commissions His disciples, granting them authority over unclean spirits. This demonstrates that the authority to confront and overcome spiritual forces has been imparted to believers.
Luke 9 narrates the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. As Peter, James, and John witness this extraordinary event, a voice from the cloud says, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”. Here, we see the divine affirmation of Jesus’ authority. The transfiguration underscores the importance of heeding His teachings and embracing the authority given by the Father.
In Luke 10, Jesus sends out seventy-two disciples, empowering them to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God. Upon their return, they rejoice, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”. Jesus responds, affirming their authority and reminding them of the greater significance of their spiritual standing.
In the light of these passages, we find a resounding theme of authority and power granted to believers. As we reflect, it becomes evident that God has entrusted us with the authority to advance His Kingdom and walk in the power of faith. May we embrace this divine inheritance, recognise the responsibility that comes with it, and continue to grow in our understanding of the authority bestowed upon us.