Sola Scriptura: Delegated Authority (Part 3 of 3)

This is a series that is focusing on the question, “Am I willing to take God fully at His Word, especially in what He has revealed in Scripture?”

This week has passed by very quickly! I hope you all enjoyed a break from my writings. 🙂 This is the third part of a series exploring the authority we have in Christ. To recap:

Part 1: God gave dominion of the earth to man, and man surrendered it.

Part 2: Jesus came not only to take our punishment, but also to reclaim the enemy’s dominion.

And now we move on to the final part:

Part 3: Christ has granted us as believers delegated authority and has seated us with Him in heavenly places to reign with Him.

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He told His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). That authority was the basis from which He sent out His disciples. However, Jesus did not just send them out as mere reporters or messengers. He sent them out as representatives or ambassadors. Paul explains the authority that was given to the apostles:

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

This authority isn’t merely something for the apostles, but it’s something for all believers. Paul also writes, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6-7). This verse is not a promise but a statement of fact. If you are a believer, you are seated with Christ. This is a position of rulership and authority. Christ has invited you, through faith, to enter His divine rule. It means becoming part of His invisible kingdom, or rulership.

Even though this is a reality, why don’t more believers live in this reality? Once again, we see Paul encouraging the Colossians, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3). Even though our lives are hidden in Christ and we are seated with Him in heavenly places, it’s up to us to turn our focus on that fact. As we set our focus on Christ’s rulership and identify ourselves with Christ, we begin to live out of that reality.

Do you remember how I demonstrated from Scripture that Adam’s sin allowed death to reign? Here’s the good news! As Paul explains this, He continues by saying, “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17).

The simple question I have for you is this, “Are you reigning in life?” Are you reigning in your relationships with other people, in your job, in your private life, and in your relationship with God? Or are you merely surviving? From Scripture, we see that God has given you authority, but are you living in it? I invite you to ask this simple question, “In light of your current situation, how does God want to reveal His authority to you, so that you might reign in life?”

If you don’t feel like you understand or “get it”, don’t despair! The most incredible part of this is that it is available to every believer through faith. It is nothing that we have done; it is only because of Christ. He is the center of our lives, He is the one who receives our focus and devotion, and He is the one who receives the glory as we allow His life to flow through us.

May God reveal to you the depth of the mysteries of Christ, and may He write it deep on your heart, that you may point others to the glory of Christ!

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