CALLED to KINGDOM AUTHORITY (by permission; chp 13 from Ray Prinzings Book - Whispers of His Call)
"And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron... even as I received of My Father." [Revelation 2:26-27].
What a tremendous promise is given to those who are called
to this path of OVERCOMING! They are to receive from Jesus Christ, even as He
received from His Father, that kingdom authority which will enable them to rule
"Now is come salvation and strength, and the KINGDOM OF OUR GOD, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down." [Revelation 12:10].
"Our Father which art in heaven... FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, and the power, and the glory, for ever: amen." [Matthew 6:9, 13].
HIS KINGDOM bespeaks of the manifest authority of our Eternal God. And Paul well spoke, when he said, "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink,. but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the holy Spirit." [Romans 14:17]. He has always been sovereign, there has never been a time when He was not totally in charge.
"I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me: that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these." [Isaiah 45:5- 7].
He, and He alone is God! He recognizes no other superior authority for there is none, He is the Supreme, the MOST HIGH. "There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me. Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." [Isaiah 45: 21-22].
"A JUST GOD and a Saviour." Or, we might say, He is a SAVIOUR because He is a JUST GOD. If He were not the Saviour of all men, He would not be just, for HE is the One who subjected creation to the bondage of vanity and corruption, having turned man to destruction. [see Romans 8:20, Psalm 90:3]. Were He not the Saviour, who said also, "Return, ye sons of men," and then make that return possible, and perform that salvation in every man, He would not be a JUST GOD. But because there is no other God, and He is totally righteous in all His works, He can call to "all the ends of the earth" to look unto Him, and be saved.
It has been well stated that, "There is nothing out of Him that should be in Him, nothing in Him that should be out of Him. He remembers nothing because He has forgotten nothing. He learns nothing because there is nothing that He does not know. HE IS ALL TRUTH!"
Truly He is omniscient-- all-knowing, infinitely wise; He is omnipresent-- present everywhere at once; He is omnipotent-- unlimited in power, ability, or authority; almighty.
While He is totally the unlimited outreach of all, He is also the true Eternal Centre of all things, "with Whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." [John 1:17]. He is the I AM! He does not look to the past to say, I was; nor does He look to the future to say, I will be; for He dwells in the eternal centre of I AM. He does not turn to the past and thereby cast a shadow upon the future. He does not turn to the future and thereby veil the past in obscurity. But because He is the Eternal Centre He can deal with past or future in equal manner and capability at all times, out of the presentness of the I AM. Therefore He was able to say through the prophet Joel, "I will restore to you the YEARS that the locust hath eaten..." [Joel 2:25]. Not just a restoration of the blessings lost, but a restoration of the very time element of which He is in total control. He can deal with your past just as easily as He can with your future which, for you, is yet to unfold.
For all of this tremendous greatness, yet He has involved Himself with us in incarnate humility. "Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour:" [Isaiah 45:15]. Hiding Himself in the creaturely form of His own creation, as He "Made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." [Philippians 2:7]. So hidden was He in this lowly form, that "He was in the world, (the world that was made by Him), and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." [John 1:10-11]. That is the extent of the humility of Him who is Lord of all-- to so hide Himself in the creaturely form of His own creation, that He would be unknown by them.
Yet He is also the Almighty One, of Whom we read, "He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him What doest Thou." [Daniel 4:35].
His working is not a euphoric, ethereal, mystic matter, but He purposes that MAN, coming into his destiny, in realization, AS THE IMAGE OF GOD, until the universe sees GOD PROJECTING HIMSELF THROUGH REDEEMED MEN AND WOMEN, to the everlasting praise of His glory.
He said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion..." [Genesis 1:26]. In the DIVINE EXPANSION of Himself, to bring forth man in His own image, indwelt by His Spirit, to share in that KINGDOM AUTHORITY-- to have dominion over the works of His hands.
Yet man, going his own way in disobedience, rebelled against Divine Authority, to do his own thing, under the influence of "the spirit that now worketh (energizeth) the children of disobedience." [Ephesians 2:2]. Therefore the disciplines of God are upon man, and the chastenings will continue till man learns that the WAY and WILL OF GOD are far better than his own, and the Saviour comes to "save His people from their sins." [Matthew 1:21].
The religious systems (rightly called Babylon) have promoted the Satanic bluff, the LIE; that when Adam forsook and abdicated his God-given authority, that Satan took it over, i.e. that man relinquished this authority to Satan. So there are those who consider Satan to be equal with God, as if some awful struggle is going on, the outcome of which they still are not sure. That is blasphemy!
God has always been, always is, and always will be in total control. He is not in an eternal struggle with evil. He has purposed evil for wise ends, and when those ends have been accomplished, evil will cease to exist. Though the last enemy to be destroyed is death, when death is destroyed, it is self-evident that none remains. While God, who is Light, and in Whom there is no darkness, shall be ALL IN ALL-- everything to everyone.
When Adam forfeited his authority, Satan did not get that authority from Adam. God took it out of Adam's hand, and HE KEEPS IT until one shall come who can handle that load of responsibility. If we may borrow the words from Ezekiel 21:26-27, "Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same; exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him."
The promise is clear, "To him that overcometh... to him will I give power..." Not that Satan will return it back to man again, for Satan never had it to give. GOD HAS ALWAYS RETAINED FULL CONTROL, and therefore HE shall give that authority to those whom He has prepared for that dominion.
Truly, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." [Psalm 24:1].
You ask: but what about the verse that reads, "the god of this world hath blinded..." [2 Corinthians 4:4], or, "the prince of the power of the air..." [Ephesians 2:2].
So let me answer: Jesus spoke of a people, "They are not " of the world, even as I am not of the world." [John 17:14]. Then what world is Satan a prince and a power over? We say, he is over moral intelligences who submit to his lying reign, and those who are "taken captive by him at his will." [2 Timothy 2:26].
But we are NOT OF THIS WORLD, i.e. of that which yields itself to his influence, WE ARE IN A WORLD THAT BELONGS TO GOD. Satin is not my god, nor is he my prince. I dwell on the earth that IS the Lord's, and the fullness thereof. I recognize only one GOD over this present kosmos, world arrangement. "For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained (ordered) of God." [Romans 13:1]. His control is absolute, including the control over the interplay of good and evil.
"For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, WE ARE THE LORD'S." [Romans 14:8]. We are HIS POSSESSION, and His alone, no other authority has any rights over us. We submit to all lesser powers as unto GOD, and will pay tribute to whom tribute is due, AS UNTO THE LORD. We are HIS!
"GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son." [Hebrews 1:1-2].
HE REIGNED from heaven, and Israel rebelled against His reign, and said, "Make us a king to judge us like all the nations." [1 Samuel 8:5]. Samuel was very distressed by this request, and he wept before the Lord over this, and God spoke to him, [ verse 7], "they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected ME, that I should not reign over them."
God spake by His prophets, so they stoned His prophets.
Then He sent them His SON. "The chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority?" [Matthew 21:23].
Again, "They questioned among themselves, saying, What , thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for WITH AUTHORITY commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him." [Mark 1:27].
It was a marvel to them, for here was one WITH authority, "and not as the scribes." The scribes would quote from others, relying upon others for their authority, and their verification, etc. Jesus taught them as one who possessed this INNER AUTHORITY to utter and do those things. He spoke and acted as having that authority IN HIMSELF, not derived from others. HE SPOKE ON HIS OWN!
In some ways we see this same thing today. People are so used to hearing the messages spoken by rote, quoting the doctrines and traditions of men over and over. When one comes along and speaks a word by revelation, out of the indwelling Spirit of God, they ask, by what right do they speak this? How dare he go against the creed and dogma of the religious institution and speak such things? We have never heard it this way before!
There are two Greek words which have been translated as "power." One of them is "dunamis" meaning: ability; and from which root we get both of our English words: dynamite, and dynamo. Dynamite bespeaks of that explosive energy, often destructive in its nature unless very carefully handled. A dynamo bespeaks of a more controlled energy with a continuous supply. God's kingdom is a law of order. God is not producing sons who will use His power in undisciplined action to dynamite out everything that stands in their way. His sons will move in precise order, harmony, purpose, with the controlled power in sufficient supply to carry out His will at all times. There will not be displays of the soulish, wild nature of the flesh, for it will all have been dealt with by His cross. One in His Spirit, all power will be manifested to His praise and glory. For HIS WISDOM will enable His own to use the EXPLOSIVE power controlled to meet the need, not to be destructive. And His enablement will be such that as a glorious dynamo supplying, there will always be enough to accomplish the task.
The other Greek word often translated as "power" is "exousia" meaning: authority. Significant that it comes from a root that means: "to be out," and is used of that authority which a person has which has been delegated to him from someone else. The person delegating the authority is, in a sense, out of himself, and acting in the person to whom he has delegated that authority. So the word comes to mean "the power of authority," or, we might say, "delegated authority." It is, as if God is saying, I am going out of Myself, and into yourself, to be in you that authority.
Turning our eyes again to our Lord Jesus Christ, our example in all things. AS GOD, HE WAS THE AUTHORITY, it was IN HIMSELF. And truly, "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself." [2 Corinthians 5:19]. The Father, indwelling the Son, was the RESIDENT AUTHORITY. No wonder He spoke as no other man spoke, for He spoke out of Himself as the SOURCE. For in the realm of HIS divinity He was very God.
But in the sense that He was "a man" His authority did come from another, His Father. So either as a man, or as GOD, He still had the selfsame authority. As a man, He said, "I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which sent Me." [John 5:30]. Again, "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." [John 14:10].
When "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," [John 1:14], there was a union of humanity and Divinity. When He spoke out of His Divinity He spoke with absolute authority. When He spoke out of His humanity He spoke by the delegated authority of His Father. Thus it was GOD'S AUTHORITY all the way!
Now He has promised, Matthew 16:18, "I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The word "hell" coming from the Greek word "hades" literally means: the unseen state. And this unseen state is often used as a symbol of death. Death also is viewed as the gate to the unseen, the invisible world. Thus as symbolic language, the phrase "the gates of hell" could be taken to mean "the gates of death."
Job 38:17, "Have the gates of death been opened ,unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Revelation 3:7, "These things saith He that is holy, He that is True, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."
EVERY GATE WILL OPEN UNTO HIM! He has absolute authority! He came and walked a route of conquest. When He builds there is nought that can prevail against Him. Even death cannot withstand His authority. HE EVER LIVETH, and therefore is able to bring to a successful conclusion whatever He begins.
When it came time for Him to face Calvary itself, He said, "Father; save Me from this hour: but FOR THIS CAUSE CAME I TO THIS HOUR," [John 12:27].
Triumphantly He faced it, and triumphantly He went on and "spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." [Colossians 2:15].
Thus He fulfilled Hosea 13:14, "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction." [Hosea 13:14].
Truly, when He said, "the gates of hell shall not prevail," He knew He had full authority over all other powers and dominions. Even death could not resist His authority, and when HE SPOKE LIFE, death was no more. He stood before the grave of Lazarus, and said, "Come forth. And he that was dead came forth..." [John 11:43-44].
"Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. --Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool." [Hebrews 1:8, 13].
"I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne." [Revelation 3:21].
A THRONE, full domination, total power and authority -- "For He must reign, till he hath put all enemies under His feet." [1 Corinthians 15:25].
Let it be clearly stated, there has been no delayed activity, HE IS REIGNING NOW, He is continually working "all things after the counsel of His own will." [Ephesians 1:11]. He is ruling from His throne NOW!
But there is within Him such a vast, boundless love, that He desires to share of this throne, and He calls for His people to overcome, that we might "sit down with Him in His throne," EVEN AS He has received of His Father. To reign, not out of our flesh, not out of our humanity, not out of our self-ego, but out of the "CHRIST WITHIN YOU." [Colossians 1:27].
1 John 5:10, "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness IN HIMSELF." This becomes an inherent, indwelling authority. He brings His rights with Him, and gives us this authority, so that we act in His name, living out His rights, for they have become our rights. There is a sharing of the throne! The qualifications are so high, so holy, so pure, that only HE, living HIS LIFE in us, qualifies. But He gave His all, that we might "become the righteousness of God in Him." [2 Corinthians 5:21].
There cometh an hour when the sons of God shall move with the delegated, yea, indwelling authority of God, to establish His kingdom of righteousness in the earth. What a processing is needed to bring us to that hour. To be so crucified with Christ, that only His life is lived through us. Then shall be fulfilled that promise, "The Lord shall send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies." [Psalm 110:2]. Not until they have been brought to Zion, into this union of oneness with Him, will He send them forth out of Zion to rule until all enemies have been subdued under HIS FEET. Then shall HE be all and in all. Praise God!
Kingdom authority -
A strange word to my ears,
So long I've felt the vanity,
The weakness of the flesh,
And wondered how it all would end,
Deliv'rance from this mesh.
Kingdom authority -
In Christ alone I see
This working in reality,
A power so divine
That nought can stand against His will,
He makes the night to shine.
Kingdom authority -
To this He calls thee now,
To overcome and share His throne,
To find that He in thee
Speaks forth a word victorious,
To walk in liberty.
Kingdom authority -
A prize He hath reserved
For sons and daughters of His love,
Who in Him become one,
Possess the kingdom to His praise,
And magnify His Son!