Recognize Christ’s Authority: Our Authority
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 59:16-20
Key Verse: Isaiah 59:21
As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
The Prophet Isaiah, many years before Jesus appears in the flesh on earth, had a revelation about our authority as God’s people. God’s Spirit that was revealing this to Isaiah would be in us as well. God’s Spirit that gave Isaiah his authority would give us authority. The Spirit that put words in Isaiah’s mouth would put words in ours, to speak God’s will on the earth.
Jesus was given all authority to carry out and settle all the affairs of the church. Adam Clark, the great commentator of scriptures, described Jesus’ authority: To raise up followers, to sanctify, to protect, to perfect, to subdue all nations to Himself, to judge all mankind.” (Adam Clark’s commentary on Matthew 28:16-20). Jesus takes this grand authority, turns to His followers and gives them authority to carry out the work of God’s kingdom. Theologians call this challenge the Great Commission, which is found in Matthew 28:16-20.
Isaiah predicted it and Jesus fulfilled it. We can experience it! We have authority, not on our own, but as we walk in His light and are obedient to His Word. He will put words in our mouth and these words will penetrate the hearts of listeners. Take your authority and be bold in your walk with Him!
Father, I will recognize your authority. I will trust your authority over me and in me. I will go into this day with confidence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.