Lesson 15
The authority of the name of Jesus is for us today


  Jesus not only had authority, but was the Authority and IS the Authority. 

' And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.'   (Luke 4:36)

  Here Jesus demonstrated His authority as the truth.
Philip further explains in Philippians 2:10,

' that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.'

  That is how great His authority is, and it is in the name of Jesus.  It is the name of Jesus that has authority, and every name, must bow to it.  The demons know that, sicknesses know that. Every demon has a name and every sickness has a name, and at the name of Jesus they must obey because Jesus won this victory on the cross.
  What is more, Jesus has given the authority of the name of Jesus to us in delivering the oppressed and casting out sicknesses and evil spirits.  We cannot heal the sick, we cannot cast out demons, but the name of Jesus can, and He does it over and over again through simple human beings like you and me.
  Jesus wants us all to rise up in righteousness and demonstrate the authority.

'When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn'. (Proverbs 29:2)

  Jesus wants his people to use His authority and be in authority  so that countries may be ruled in righteousness and justice.  We need to see more Christians in politics.
  In Takoradi, Ghana, the Queen organised that I speak on radio.  I found myself on a programme entitled, “Christians and Politics”.  I had never had anything to do with politics.  So when they asked me ‘should Christians be involved in politics’, I did not have any idea of the answer, so I asked the Lord.
The Lord told me to read Genesis 1:28,

' And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth'.

  Then the Lord said,  “Who did I speak to?  My people”.
I then went on to say, on radio, that if God gave His people dominion, then,  yes, His people should and must be involved in politics.  Christians should be involved in politics to govern the land in righteousness, justice and truth. I did not know what my answer to this question did until later.  As I walked back through the streets, people were talking excitedly about it.  I discovered that an extreme religion from the north were trying to take control, they were telling the Christians they could not have their all night prayer meetings, and desired to replace Christian prayer  by Muslim prayers over loud speaker five times a day. But now the Christians of Takoradi, stood up and began to take authority over the region themselves.  It changed the whole direction of that area in Ghana.

Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 19:17,
' 'thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities'.

Acts 3:6,
'Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk'.

Acts 4:30,
'by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus'.

Titus 2:15,
'These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee'.

Luke 10:19,
' Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you'.

John 14:12-14,
 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it'.

  This is the promise of Jesus to us, right from the time of His disciples, the seventy, the early church and the great men through history, to us today.  In His name, the authority of the name of Jesus, we can do His work effectively because Jesus has gone to the Father.  What else do we need?

Some will say, though, is this for me too?
' And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover'.  (Mark16:17-18)

This is speaking to you and me, but you may still be saying, ‘but how’?
Mark 11:22-23,
'And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Psalm 107:20,
'He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions'.

We need to know our victory through what Jesus done on the cross. We need to know who we are in Christ and the victory Jesus has over every rule, authority, power, dominion and every name.

Ephesians 1:18-22,
'The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.  far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church',

Philippians 2:8-11,
'and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father'.

  We are His body, “the church”.  We are now His hands and feet on earth if we allow Him to be that.  For He has given of Himself to reach the lost in the power and authority of His Majestic name.
Is answered in Ephesians 2:4-6,

' But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,  even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus'.
and Colossians 3:1.

'If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God'.

  In prayer, we can come to know this reality.  In prayer we allow the Lord to raise us in in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  It is there that the Lord equips us to move on in Him. In His power and authority to loose men from the bonds of wickedness, to bring men to salvation and to deliver the oppressed, and to heal the sick.

  So what does the Lord do for us in the heavenly places?  Read for yourselves Ephesians 1:1-18 and discover the points that are below:-

He blesses us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.  Ephesians 1:3
  2. He shows us who we are in Him.  Ephesians 1: 4-6
  3. He shows us what He did on cross.  Ephesians 1:7-8
4. He makes the mystery of His will known to us.  Ephesians 1: 8-10
5.He  shows us His will for us, His destiny and purpose.  Ephesians 1:10-12
6.He shows us what is our inheritance in Him.  Ephesians 1: 12-14
7.He promises us wisdom and knowledge in Him.  Ephesians  1: 17
8. He calls us to know our hope and inheritance.  Ephesians 1:18
9. He shows us the greatness of His power  to us who believe.  Ephesians 1:19
10. He calls us up with Him, to live spiritually where He is, so that we can be equipped and sent out into the world to show men His immeasurable riches of His grace and kindness, His salvation, in healing and deliverance which God has prepared before hand, that we should walk in ( Ephesians 2:  4-6).

  These are Scriptures that we need to study and pray over, and live out in our lives.  Coming up into the Lord’s presence, into the heavenly places is what equips us to do God’s work as John 3:27 says,
 'John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven'.

  So let us come up to the heavenly places in Christ, in prayer and receive from Christ Himself.  Then we will then be able to speak out in faith as we read in Psalm 107:20,
'He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions'.

How does God do it? 

 'And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God'. (Mark 11 22) 

  To rise up in Jesus in prayer, believe His Scriptures, get to know Him and go out in the name of Jesus and do it.
  Firstly, we have the armour of God which is our protection.  Secondly, we have the power of the Holy Spirit that gives us power over the enemy. Thirdly, we have the authority of the name of Jesus to do the job.
  Authority is a higher level than power, because authority enables us to take command over the enemy, command over the demons, command over sickness. Through the authority of the name of Jesus, these spirits have to obey.  Believe it, walk in it, take authority and show the enemy you mean it, and the victory will be yours in Jesus name.
There is one word that is even higher than authority that we will also need in serving the Lord and that is - the love of God which is discussed in the next chapter.

*Every sickness has a name, every demon has a name. They have to obey in Jesus name – explain this.
*Is the authority of the name of Jesus for us today?
*Who are we in Jesus?
*Ephesians give us eleven things Jesus has shown us – discuss them.

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