By David P. Ward
Authority , the ability to make power to be felt, liberty, delegated authority by the Head of the Church.
a) Through Christ, the unalienable right that affirms free movement to the ability needed at the time.
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
14And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
15And to have power to heal(sozo #9) sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
a) Jesus gave His disciples authority(exousia) over sickness and disease and to cast out devils by using His name.
b) the origin of sickness and disease is from the devil;
38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power(dunamis #12): who went about doing good, and healing (sozo #9))all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion (kratos), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
19Behold, I give unto you power (exousia) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (dunamis #12) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
c) Jesus gave His disciples authority over the ability of the devil.
d) serpents are considered to be “low-level” devils
e) scorpions are considered to be “high-level” devils
f) exousia translates to our English word authority; speaking of the authority Jesus gave us as believers so that Satan’s strategies do not have to prosper against us.
2 Timothy 1:7
7For God hath not given us the spirit(pneuma #31) of fear(phobia #51); but of power, and of love(agape #35), and of a sound mind.
g) The Apostle Paul speaks to Timothy about a “spirit of authority“: that he should walk in instead of a spirit of fear/phobia.
h) The above verse speaks of love, which is from the greek word, “love,” that refers to the “God kind of love.” This is the love spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13. A love that never fails. (see agape #35)
Colossians 1:13 (Amplified Bible)
13[The Father] has delivered and [a]drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son [b]of His love,
i) “control and dominion” translated from the word exousia
John 1:12 (Amplified Bible)
12But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name--(A)