All Authority in heaven and on earth
Good leaders give not only the upgraded responsibility but also the authority to accomplish the responsibilities they have been given. They provision those they commission. Frustration is the primary emotion where responsibility has been given but not the commensurate authority. Excitement and shiny eyes appear when leaders empower with authority those they have given a trust.
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus gave the church His great commission. The most exciting thing I see built into His commissioning is the sharing of His authority to execute His vision. He assured us that all authority in heaven and earth was His, implying there is none left for the devil or any other person who stands against God. He then said a big “therefore”, in effect saying that those who would go that they go in His authority.This lines up with Jesus telling His disciples not to ask in their own names but to ask the Father in His name. By His authority we can requisition heavens help and resources to accomplish what He has called us to.
John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 16:23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
John 16:26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
In fact we begin to understand that Jesus accomplished a complete victory over sin, brokenness, rebellion and the enemy for the sake of His church. He already had victory personally over all of these things but the authority that the enemy had siphoned away from Adam and the glory Adam had lost was reclaimed by Jesus atoning work. For the sake of His church becomes an important concept when the scriptures speak about heavenly authority.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,We are blessed in Jesus with every spiritual blessing and are seated with Him in heavenly realms far above principalities and powers (whom we war against) in authority.
We are beloved children filled with God Himself and led by His Holy Spirit. We have been given His name (authority) to use and we have been commissioned.
Don’t go about the responsibilities of your calling without tapping into the authority and provision of Jesus. His authority and backing makes all the difference.
Pray in Jesus name - not in your own. That means you come boldly to ask for things you know you did not earn and don’t deserve but have been made available to you in Jesus name. Ask boldly for what He deserves.