Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
With a basic understanding of authority developed in the previous blogs we will now address how God desires to use ordinary people to do extraordinary feats for the Kingdom by becoming revolutionaries, armed with the authority of Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit for their mission. A quick lesson on Christology (the study of the nature and person of Jesus Christ) is needed at this point to understand that our orders give us tasks to perform, and we will be victorious – it is a certainty that we cannot fail to make disciples and to teach if we perform in Christ’s authority. We should know a little about the work of Jesus Christ in heaven and on earth and how it applies to us (our little Christology lesson). The following chart will serve as a guide for the discussion that follows:
In Heaven On Earth
Will is Done Will will be Done
His Mission Our Mission (Commission)
Gives Authority Receives Authority
Prays (intercedes) for Saints Saints Pray
Gives Holy Spirit from Above Yields to the Holy Spirit Within
Priest and King Priests and Kings
Lord, Master, Slave Owner Slaves
The Dual Nature of Jesus Christ
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant (slave), and coming in the likeness of man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)
Scholars call the Scripture passage presented above the Kenois passage, speaking of the self-emptying of God the Son. My purpose is not to do an exposition of this passage, but rather try to simply a difficult topic in order to view the concept of authority properly, as presented in the Bible. The Orthodox view of Jesus Christ is that at the present moment (post resurrection) He has a dual nature: one is deity and the other is humanity. Prior to His incarnation the Son of God was fully divine, being fully God. When He became man He entered the world and was as man with the name of Jesus: fully man and fully God, but took on the form or expression of a man. In His post resurrection expression He is the Christ (Messiah or anointed One), Jesus (the God Man) Christ, or Christ Jesus. It is an interesting study to read the New Testament and see how the writers use these combinations of expression to make their point. In summary: the Son of God’s expression is a dual expression (bring omnipresent); He was Jesus on earth and Christ in heaven, and will forever be Christ Jesus.
This dual nature of Jesus on earth, and Christ in heaven, solidifies complete authority as He stated in the Great Commission (as we studied in the previous Chapter). The writers of the New Testament give us an understanding of this fact for our benefit so we will be firm in our resolve as we win the battle of the Kingdom on earth as it has been one in heaven. All authority means all authority. The Revolution will end in victory.
Believers also have a dual nature as a manner of expression. We have the nature of sinful flesh and the divine nature (see Romans 6, 7, and 8). It is this divine nature that we rely upon to be disciples of the risen Lord, Christ Jesus. With the divine nature imparted to us we have been given the authority to act on behalf of the King of kings in the Revolution of the Kingdom. All authority is in our possession. We carry the seal of the King upon the documents that give us authority – The New Testament. We will discuss this in more detail as we continue looking at authority in upcoming blog posts.