The Believer in Christ Jesus
Believers in Christ Jesus are not ordinary people. If you happened on any of these who is a disciple, you are meeting a Christ incarnate. This is not a small thing. This individual has authority that is unlike any other kind of authority known to man. He has authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy and nothing will harm him.
The believer in Christ has the authority to cast out devils and heal the sick and as a disciple has the power to teach and make others obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ as he himself has learned to do.
Anyone in Jesus Christ is not ordinary. He is a new breed, separate and different from what human kind is used to. He is way over and above powers and principalities, he has no condemnation over him because he is no longer under the power of sin and death. He has by faith become the son of God.
It is rather ironic that some believers do not want their authority in Christ questioned but they question God’s authority.
I am not in doubt that most of these people are believers, they have repented and have accepted Jesus as the Son of God who is also the Savior but I marvel at how the authority of believers is being stretched beyond its limits.
Believer’s authority has serious limits that if not observed will lead to error and it is this limits that must be emphasized, the emphasis of limits is not more than high contrast design of speed limits on the highway, the contrast is there for you to see clearly and to drive accordingly but they don’t affect the car you drive but not heeding the warnings they are indicating may mean you will never be able to drive again. Whenever the limits are been exceeded believers’ authority must be questioned.
Do believers have authority over unbelievers?
There is nothing around the Biblical view of believers’ authority that places believers as automatic rulers over unbelievers, in fact quite the opposite often happens in this world. Jesus told Pilate in John 19:11 “You have authority over me only because it was given to you by God.” This simply means that the unbeliever, Pilate had authority over Jesus, the Son of God. A believer can be a ruler in this world just like an unbeliever but it will not be simply because he is a believer. The Kingdom of Christ, the same Kingdom we belong is not of this world and thus does not operate by the rules of this world.
Can believers exercise the believers’ authority on one another?
No. Every human organization requires leadership and in this wise a believer can be a leader over other believers. This is not simply because he is a believer even though in this context it is required. He is to love the believers he is leading just as he must love unbelievers, especially if he happens to have them under his leadership.
Does believers’ authority extends to commanding God?
NO. It is ridiculous to think that exercising believers’ authority means that one can order God around. God is the Boss Boss. He runs the show, we don’t. God is not a magic wand neither is He an Aladdin lamp. He does not answer to our whims and selfish ends. We have the authority in Him and also FOR Him. I have already taken it for granted that it is a believer with a fair understanding of believers’ authority that will likely read this so the reader can ask me “what about Isaiah 45:11?”
Isaiah 45:11 KJV Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
I hope this does not break your heart. This scripture is not asking you to command God. Before we look at the rendering of this scripture in other versions we can try to analyze the phrasing as used in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. In a sense we can lift this verse and analyze it by itself and doing so may lead to mistake which is not uncommon when verses are read out of context but be that is it may, we can still see that God is not saying we can command Him but we can say that He is saying we can ask Him about things that concerns His sons and also about the things He has done.
This is how Matthew Henry commented on the phrase “command ye me.”
“…command you me, not by way of prescription, but by way of petition.”
What more can I say?
Authority under authority
Believers’ authority is valid as long as believers stand under authority. We have authority because of Christ and only in Christ. We have no authority without being under God’s authority. Any claim to Believers’ authority without submission to God’s authority is demonic and should be shunned.
The basis of our authority is God’s authority. Demons, powers and principalities don’t answer to us, they answer to God, but then we are in God. When we speak demons flee, not because our voices are loud but because we are using our daddy’s weapon.
The sum of this article is that believers have authority, but it is an authority under God.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.”