Day 38Â All Authority
18Â Jesus came and told his disciples, â€œI have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Â Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Â Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.â€ Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
All authority (all power of rule) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (AMP)
Jesus is giving his followers a Great CommissionÂ that requires supernatural power, the kind that only comes from God. He assures them (and us!) that He has the the power and authority to not only command the assignment, but to empower them to accomplish it.
He is All Authority. Not only is He trustworthy, He is all powerful and able.
Paul describes the source of Christ authority as coming from God in Philippians 2:9 ” God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”
The response of all creation to Christ’s authority follows “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
In the words of Charles Spurgeon “Power in the hands of some people is dangerous, but power in the hands of Christ is blessed. Oh, let him have all power! Let him do what he will with it, for he cannot will anything but that which is right, and just, and true, and good.â€ Therefore
- We do not seek any other power.
- We defy every other power.
- We know our powerlessness will not hinder the progress of His kingdom.
- We give all our power unto Him.
Our Commander-in-chief has authorized his followers to undertake a great mission. We can not do it on our own power, but by His power living in us.
I invite you to pray with me.
Jesus tune our hearts to sing your praise. May we submit to Your authority before all others. Give us strength to do your will. May your kingdom come , and will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.Â Amen.Â
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