“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.” – Ephesians 1:19-23 (NLT)
- All things are under the authority of Christ
- This authority is for the benefit of the church. Why does the church need authority? Primarily, to deal with the enemy. As we know, Satan is out to pull down and destroy the work of God, and our job is to resist and stand against his evil attacks, to protect the church and to promote the Kingdom of God.
- We have been given the keys of the Kingdom. Whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. And we know that ‘all things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His Purpose’.
The trouble is that often we accept the fiery darts the enemy throws at us as if they were just natural circumstances, or negative thoughts as if they’re our own thoughts. I object. I think we should start realising who we are and deflect those fiery darts with the shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Of course, that means we need to know the Word of God and we need to be obeying the Word of God.
You can’t be holding a grudge and expect to have authority from heaven. You can’t be disrespectful to your parents and expect to have authority from heaven. You can’t be indulging your lust through internet chat rooms and expect to have authority from heaven. But if you are living in obedience to God’s Word, then you already have authority from heaven through the Holy Spirit who lives in you.