God's Ability And Man's Authority

Authority simply means the legal right to exercise power. God's ability requires a man in authority to be evident. Someone on the earth must have the legal right to exercise the power of God in that situation.

Through the redemptive work in Christ, God conferred upon man His authority, certain legal rights to exercise His power in situations according to the provision He made in Christ. However, we must understand that if we do not exercise our authority God's ability will not be seen in our lives. It's about God's provision and man's responsibility. Let's give a few examples.

satan has been defeated and that gives us the legal right to exercise authority and when we do, God's ability shows up. The authority is exercised when we resist satan. God's power comes in and satan flees. Without us exercising our authority even though it is true in the spirit realm that satan is defeated, it will not be evident in our lives.

Legal rights:
Colossians 2:15 
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Hebrews 2:14 
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Man's responsibility:
James 4:7 
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 5:8-10
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Forgiveness of sins: Legal rights and man's responsibility

Legal rights:
Colossians 1:14 
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Man's responsibility:
1 John 1:9 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Our inheritance in Christ Legal rights and man's responsibility. Looking at wisdom and the love of God.

Legal rights to wisdom
1 Corinthians 1:30 
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Exercise of that authority by Paul in prayer:
Ephesians 1:17 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Legal rights to love:
Romans 5:5 
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Exercise of authority in Christ by Paul:
Philippians 1:9-11 King James Version (KJV)
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

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Poju Oyemade is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos. The church office is located at 400 Herbert Macaulay Way – Yaba, Lagos. This fa...

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