Authority in Christ
So often we read scripture and yet not get the full impact of it for our own lives. Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and make disciples (Matt 28:18-20). He said in that passage that: "all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (KJV); thus, confirming the prophecy of Daniel (Dan 7:13-14).
The power word here is authority. He sent his disciples out in his authority; that means us. Authority for what? Authority to preach and teach the word (Mark 16:15; Matt 28:20), to make disciples (Matt 28:19), to cast out demons and heal the sick (Mark 16:17-18).
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Through his death and resurrection Jesus utterly defeated satan and took back all power, victory and authority (Col 2:15).
We are his brothers and sisters (Rom 8:29), God's children (John 1:12-13), joint heirs with him (Rom 8:16-17) and seated in heavenly places with him (Eph 2:4-6). We share in his victory, power and authority. We have been taken out from under the power of darkness and placed in Christ's kingdom of light (Col 1:13-14).
We are kingdom kids, charged to assert kingdom authority on this earth in Jesus name. When Peter healed the lame man at the Gate Beautiful in Jerusalem he did it in the name and power of Jesus (Acts 3:6). We have the same power and authority so let's go and bring light and abundant life into the world.