June 28

Our Victory Over Satan, Part 4: The Great Transfer

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

If this power had remained with Christ for forgiveness of our sins and eternal life only, we should be the most grateful of people. But God has gone beyond that, first declaring that all power has been granted to Jesus Christ, and that He has given that power to us who believe. The transfer began even before His death and resurrection when He sent out the 70 on the first “missions trip.” See Luke 10:19 above to see the limited but real authority He gave them.

After His death and resurrection, though, things changed for the more powerful. Jesus spoke of His own authority directly in Matthew 28:18: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Yet right away He sends out His disciples in that same authority: “Go therefore and make disciples….” The rest of that passage says two things about that authority: He expects His disciples to move in that authority as He sends them out, and it will always be available to them because “[He is] with [us] always, even to the end of the age.”

Paul refers to this wondrous power in his prayer in Ephesians 1: “[that] the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe (emphasis mine), according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places….”

Almost hidden in Jesus’ prediction of the end times is a prophetic story (Mark 13:34) that speaks of the same thing. Jesus says, “It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, (emphasis mine) and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.” Perhaps the first listeners focused on the waiting part of that story. For us, we see the plan of God to give His authority to us while He goes away (i.e., back to heaven), with the idea of our using that authority in His (visible) absence.

If we believe, we have His mighty authority over our enemy. It is a gift. It is a weapon. May we use it according to His wise direction.

Prayer: Lord, You paid a dear price to hand this great authority over to us. May we live in that authority every day as You continue to send us out to make disciples. Thank You for such a marvelous gift and marvelous weapon of warfare.

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