Matthew 28:18 NIV - Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go…." Keep Reading...
Jesus has all authority. He died on the cross to take the keys of death and hell. He rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
At this point, you think Jesus would hold onto his authority and not share it with anyone. For it was humans that rebelled and abdicated their authority in the first place (Genesis 1-3).
But Jesus here again shares his authority with the church and sends them on a mission to disciple the nations. Indeed Jesus gives us the keys of the kingdom with authority to bind and loose on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 16:19).
We are not sent out on a mission to try our best. We are sent out with authority. This authority means that people will respond as we preach; the sick will be healed and the demons will flee. Effective ministry can happen because we go with the authority of the risen Jesus.
It's one thing to have keys. It's another thing to use them. Take up your authority today on mission with Jesus. Preach the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons. It's time to use your keys of authority.
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