Daily Devotional 5-6-19

Believer’s Authority Restored 

“…and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.” Ephesians 1:19-21

“…and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6
 
Paul prayed for the eyes of the Christians in Ephesians to be opened to realize the great authority God has restored to them. The restoration of authority has come about because of the new position of the Christian in Christ Jesus—we are seated in heavenly places with Christ.
 
Let us recap what really happened in the garden when Adam to sinned. Adam was the representative of God on the created order. He had so much authority and power over all the created order of God because God chose to entrust him with that authority. In fact, Adam named all the animals and had dominion over the created order. Adam was blessed and privileged with so much power and authority. However, when he sinned against God, not only was his relationship with God broken, but he also lost the authority and power given him.
 
Instead of dominating, Adam was dominated because of sin.
 
Therefore, among the many blessing of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the restoration of the authority we lost through Adam. The texts above enlighten us about our position in Christ. Now, we must also understand that position comes with authority. At gatherings and occasions, dignitaries and people entrusted with power and influence are seated to reflect the responsibility given to them. Similarly, our spiritual position in Christ depicts the authority and influence we have. Paul said we are seated with Christ in heavenly places far above principalities, powers (Ephesians 1:18-20; 2:6-7).
 
What this means for us is that we have authority over hatred, wickedness, all manifestations of darkness, personal and systemic evils. You have authority over Satan and his cronies. Most importantly, you have authority over yourself—thus, you cannot be a slave to the whims of your thoughts and feelings.
 
Arise, take your authority in Christ, and rule as Christ has intended.
 
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, open the eyes of my understanding to realize how much you have blessed me with divine authority.