Jesus’ Authority Given By the Father
Jesus was given the authority (power) over sins. Take note that there is a military command given by Jesus as He says, “take up.” The term in Greek is aron and in the phrase, “Arise, take up your bed, and go” is of the aorist tense and imperative mode in Greek grammar. Thus the command given was done as an order to be obeyed at once without questioning of authority. A fuller understanding of the all authority is shown in the following passage of Scripture:
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” (Matthew 9:4-6; see also Mark 2:8-11 and Luke 5:22-24)
The Father gave the Son authority to give life and to execute judgment. Both the Gospels and the Epistles teach that Jesus Christ received His authority from the Father. The following passage is a wonderful example of what should transpire with the delegation of authority. Jesus was delegated authority and He will fulfill that order because His will was to do the will of the Father. When the authority is delegated to us, we should have the same objective: to follow the will of our Superior. This is another piece of the all that describes the authority Jesus has.
For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the father who sent Me. (John 5:26-30)
The Father has given the Son authority over all flesh. Jesus was given authority over all flesh, which would mean mankind here on earth. This is an affirmation of the statement dealt with previously concerning Christ’s authority on earth.
As You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. (John 17: 2) – Authority over all flesh (on earth – as opposed to heaven and earth in Matthew 28:18)
Jesus Delegated His Authority in His Earthly Ministry
Jesus gave the Twelve power and authority over demons and disease. We just made the point that Christ has authority over all flesh, and on earth. While in His earthly ministry Jesus delegated the authority that He had. This authority had results in the ministry of Jesus’ trainees. In these passages a delegation of Jesus’ authority was given to His disciples. In order to delegate authority one must possess authority. Jesus had all authority and this is what the Manifesto has to say concerning delegation:
Then He (Jesus) called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)
And when He (Jesus) had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of disease. (Matthew 10:1)
He might send them out to act as Jesus’ representatives, with proper credentials to assert His authority is the meaning here. They were commissioned ambassadors with the full power of the Kingdom behind their authority. Through delegation the Twelve had the same authority Jesus had to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons. (Mark 3:13-15)
And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. (Mark 6:7)
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
Jesus Gave an Example of His Millennial Ministry
The Good Servant was given authority over ten cities. In Luke 19:11-27 The Parable of the Minas is told by Jesus. This is another illustration of the delegation of authority from God to man. Only one who has all authority can give authority to man as the following says:
And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.” (Luke 19:17)
Christ Has Disarmed Demonic Beings’ Authority over Believers
With Christ’s finished work on the cross we have only one Authority over us. Satan can no longer dictate anything in our lives. We have been set free to serve the risen Christ, the Conquering King, and Him only. There has been a transfer of power in our lives and we are now subjects of the Kingdom. We get our orders for engagement from Headquarters with the authority to carry out Christ’s dictate’s starting with the Great Commission and then all the commands of the Son of God. The risen Lord has made the enemy inoperative against us in our Revolution. Victory is in our grasp. With this authority we will be successful in all missions on the road to complete victory in Christ.
Concerning Colossians 2:15 and triumphing, Wuest in Bypaths in the Greek New Testament has this interesting description common to the first century:
The translation should read, “leading them in triumph.” The word referred to a victorious general, home from the wars, leading a triumphal procession through the streets of Rome. The captives and spoils of war would precede him, and he would follow in a chariot, a slave holding over his head a jeweled crown. Then would come the victorious army.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. (Colossians 1:13)