7/8 Jesus was given full Authority over everything

In our last post, we saw what ‘authority’ means, how authority is used by humans and what authority Satan has on this earth.  We now continue to discuss that Jesus was also given God’ authority and what He did with this authority.


Jesus claimed that all authority had been given to Him in heaven and on earth in Matthew 28:18. He then proved that authority by dealing with the demonic, directing the forces of nature, healing the sick and forgiving sins.

1. Jesus was given this authority because of His total obedience to the Father.

Hebrews tells us that by His obedience, Jesus proved Himself worthy of being the Lord of all, Hebrews 5:8-9 – not only did He have the weight of God’s approval and authority, but Jesus’ obedience – even unto death – proved His place in eternity. He did only what the Father told him to do, stayed inside God’s mission for Him and only used God’s weapons – not his own. He ‘laid aside’ all His supernatural powers to walk by the Holy Spirit’s guidance – just as we are to do today!

2. Jesus taught with authority. “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Matt. 7:28, 29). Jesus’ authority is greater than that of Moses or the prophets. (Matt. 17:1-5).

The reason Jesus spoke with such authority was that he said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

3. The Son sat down at the Father’s right hand.

It is only after our Lord accomplished cleansing for sins that He sat down. That is because He had finished His work and has reunited God and His creation.

4. The Son, Jesus Christ, is God’s full and final revelation to mankind. Jesus has been appointed heir of all things….which He wishes to share with us!

The police officer must be under authority himself, obedient to his superiors. He goes where he has been assigned, not outside his jurisdiction. We believers must be doing what Jesus has said, according to the Bible and His personal word to us as well. We cannot be out doing our own thing for our own pleasure. A clean, submitted heart is imperative.


Jesus’ Authority is delegated: Jesus demonstrated God’s authority in his ministry on earth. He delegated that authority to His disciples and to all who would believe and follow Him.

Jesus gave His authority to His disciples: Jesus said, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20

Then, Jesus gives his authority to those who believe in Him: He has given us the authority to overcome Satan and his forces in our own lives – and in the lives of others. Here are some scriptures to back this up:

John 1:12-13: “But 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 ….13 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God.” [They are born of God!]

Jesus received authority from His Father: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18) We learn the reason why when Jesus prayed to His Father, “For you granted me authority over all people that I might give eternal life to all those you have given me.” (John 17:2)

Jesus received authority to grant God’s kingdom to those who love Him. “……and I confer on you a kingdom just as My Father conferred one on Me.”

“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?” (Luke 22:29, James 2:5)

Jesus is superior to everything. This includes Satan and the forces of darkness that wage war against us daily (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 3:22). Jesus defeated Satan at the cross and will eventually bring every enemy under his feet.

In our next post, we’ll continue with our thoughts on hearing God and His authority and what He expects us to do about the authority we have in His name.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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