Some Notes On Jesus’s Authority


Matt 8:8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

The soldier and the servant have no problem in obeying orders from a superior in authority.

The greatness of the centurion’s faith is that he understood that the relationships of disease and any circumstance are to Jesus just as the soldier and the servant are to him.

We must know that in Jesus Name we are the centurion to disease, and the disease is the soldier and the servant unto us, that is, if we treated it with the same authority of the centurion.

Matt 9:6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

The English does no justice to the original Greek and the expression, “arise and take up thy bed”. Notice, that Jesus speaks to a man who is paralyzed.

The “arise”, is in the aorist passive.

It should read, “Being aroused, take up your bed and go home with it.”

Only when you know that you have been aroused and resurrected can you carry something that you had been unable to do because of paralysis.

Do you know today, in your heart, that you have been aroused permanently back into life by Jesus? He who has been aroused from the dead cannot be ill.

To heal was to forgive. To Jesus, saying is doing.

“In itself either is the sign of Divine authority and power; and the connection between sin and disease is in itself most close: the power which removes both is one. According to human judgment, it is easier to say, “Thy sins are remitted;” and he who can say “Arise,” which appears greater, can also say this, which appears less.”  Gnomon Commentary

Matt 10: 1   And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

They were given authority over demons for the purpose of casting them out. Also, the same authority over diseases for the purpose of healing them. This is the ordinary mission of the Christian. There is nothing extraordinary about it.

“Authority, is the power given to conquerors.” Lange Commentary.

We are more than conquerors, Paul said.

If you are not a genuine disciple or leaner of Christ, you will not be able to enter into the special mission of Matthew ten.

Seeker sensitive or seeker friendly churches have in part yielded the fruit of what is now the current state of the American body of Christ.

“Until now, there is no evidence that Jesus’ disciples could cast out demons and heal the sick. This was new power He delegated to them for the mission on which He would shortly send them. This ability is a clear demonstration of Jesus’ unique greatness.”  Constable Expository Notes.

Mt 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Is given, is in the timeless aorist or the aorist of the eternal fact. Once and for all eternity was given to Jesus all authority over the material, emotional and spiritual in the whole universe timelessly. The authority is independent of the time dimension.  The Christian carries this authority inside.

“Notice the repetition of “all” in: all authority, all nations, all things, and all the days.” Constable Commentary

“Since all authority was given to me, go and make this power a reality.” Nicoli

This should be the normal Christian life. Doing less than this is abnormal.

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