Authority to Rule

The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the Earth He has given to the sons of men. Psalm 115: 16 Authority is good; it gets things done. Authority is the power and the right to act. However, just like Adam and Eve, our authority is supported by God only as long as we are born again and in submission to Him. The Jewish exorcists in Acts found this out the hard way. But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Acts 19: 13-15 The evil spirit only recognized those who belonged to the Lord, those whose authority came from being in submission to Him. “I recognize Jesus and know about Paul, but who are you?” The seven sons of Sceva were using the name of Jesus without being true sons of God and therefore without true authority. This lesson is as true today as it was in Paul’s time. The name of Jesus is not a talisman. Evil spirits only obey true authority. When we are born again, we submit to God and He begins to delegate His authority to us. When we exercise our authority in Christ, demons obey! Powerful! You see, God has ultimate authority over everything, and, all authority flows from Him. But at creation, He delegated some of His authority over the Earth to man. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the Earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the Earth.” Genesis 1: 28 Please note the conditional nature of man’s position. As long as he remained submitted to God, he retained the authority to fulfill God’s commission to subdue the Earth, bringing it under man’s rule and God’s rule. What a great deal. Incidentally, God intended for man to reign over the Earth; man— not Satan, or demons, or animals, or any other created being. In Genesis when Adam exercised his right to name the animals, he did so through the authority God gave him, meaning that man was in authority over these creatures from the beginning. Unfortunately, man did not retain his authority for long. It is also interesting to note that God did not give man authority to subdue and rule over other men in order to control and manipulate them.

Joe Nicola

Excerpt from my book “Ekklesia: The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth” 

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