random thoughts on our authority in Christ…

“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, yI give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. rejoice because zyour names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:18-19

A narrative unfolds in the gospel of Luke where Christ tells his disciples about the phenomenal story of seeing Satan fall like lightning. The Word of God is what cast Satan out of heaven. His spoken Word changed the course of eternity and His authoritative Word commanded Satan and his demons to be gone from unity with God forever.

I can imagine the eyes of the disciples growing wide with amazement as they hear the words of their teacher and just as He catches their attention He astonishes them by literally giving them that same authority!

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He yHimself likewise shared in the same, zthat through death He might destroy him who had the power of adeath, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who bthrough fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” – Hebrews 2:14-15

This gift of authority clearly gives us the legal basis of deliverance from Satan’s bondage and oppression and for offensive action in conflict within him. It is clear from this and from other passages that God intends the true Church, not Satan, to be the controlling factor in human affairs. Paul explains that Christ is the supreme Authority and that He has absolute dominion. He also is the Head of the Church – the way in which we should fashion ourselves (Ephesian 1:19-22).

In order to be fashioned with Christ in the Church we must have a criteria of organic unity, without this it will be almost impossible to maintain the destinies and the authority that Christ has given us. Just so, Christ longs to have a living breathing relationship with the Believer. The born-again believer has an organic relationship with Christ because his source of life is in Him. The Church is not merely an institution ruled over by Christ as President, but it is an organism which is in vital connection with Him, having the source of its life in Him

This idea of organic unity came from the very beginning of creation. God designed life to be in full heart connect with Himself. He walked in the garden, dwelling with man, speaking with Him. Among all the lower orders of life there was found no fit companion for Adam (Gen. 2:20), none of them partook of his nature. So Adam was sent into a “deep sleep” and from a wound in his side a portion of his own body was taken and a helper suitable for him was made. “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23). This was an organic relationship.

In 1 Corinthians 14:44-47 Christ is called the “second Adam”, as well as “the Last Adam”. As the antitype of the first Adam it was necessary that Christ, the second Man or Last Adam, also have a bride. Like the first Adam, He too went into a “deep sleep” of death and resurrection. Out of his wounded side the Church, through faith, is born of God as the Bride of Christ. In Ephesians 5, the chapter dealing with both earthly and heavenly nuptials, Paul reveals in verse 30 that as Eve was of Adam so we, the Church are “members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”

We clearly have an organic relationship and unity between us [the Church and as Individuals] with Christ. But this raises a question, if Christ has been exalted as the Supreme Authority in the universe and is now seated at the right hand of the Father and on earth; and if the Church as His Body is organically united with Him as the Head, where does that place the Church? Can it be elsewhere except upon the throne with Christ? In heaven we have already been legally enthroned with christ because we are organically united with Him and reign with Him. WE are co-crucified, co-raised, co-exalted, and co-seated with Christ!

“Even when we were dead in trespasses, lmade us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together min the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” – Ephesians 2:5-6

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