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Power and Authority

This Short Study will look at Power and Authority, what they mean, how important they are to our Christian walk, and what can occur if we fail to apply these as God intended.

By Pastor G. E. Newmyer 

This area of study may seem somewhat convoluted at times as we jump about in certain areas to show the background of a particular premise, and how that premise was either used correctly, or misused much later. However, we need to study these areas so we can fit the pieces together so we can walk the straight path to glory. All of us want to run the race, but we must also desire to run it Lawfully. In most studies we begin with a Premise, but in this case we must join two premises. The first point is based on Jesus telling us, "Go in My Name", which is granted Authority to do something. They had authority in the Name of Jesus regarding Mercy prior to, and after the Cross, but the addition of the Authority in Name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the Name of Jesus relating to Grace, which came after the Resurrection (Matt 28:19-20). Therefore, the Body of Christ became the official established place where one finds the Authority of God. No one is going to get a separate Authority from the Father, nor from the Holy Ghost, they are combined in the One Authority. Does that mean we can’t pray to the Father? Or pray by the Holy Ghost? Not at all, it means the Authority of Father, Son and Holy Ghost is presented in the Name of Jesus. It’s still one Name, thus the only Authority God has granted during this Season is in His Son (Heb 1:2). Communication and Authority are different, and not to be confused. Authority is the granted permission to do something from an Authority that has the legal right to grant Authority. The Father will talk to us, the Holy Ghost will talk to us, but for our Season the premise is Grace, the Blood of Jesus, the Saving ability of God for mankind. Although someone may have Authority, that doesn’t mean they can act, rather they need the Power in order to carry out the Authority. This is clear in Acts, the disciples had Authority, but they were told to wait until they received the Power from on high. They had Power on earth before the Cross, or else they would not be able to cast out devils, heal the sick or preach the kingdom at hand (Matt 10:5-8). That didn’t mean they could understand or carry out spiritual matters, rather their granted Authority and Power related to the Mercy of the Father forgiving their sins on earth.

Authority and Power must join in a lawful manner, or rebellion will be the result. It's clear the disciples before the Cross cast out devils, healed the sick, and preached, so why wait for a power from on high? Why even wait for the Holy Ghost? The conclusion shows there must be a difference between God's granted Authority and Power on earth, and God's granted Authority and Power from heaven to earth. There are no devils in heaven, there is no sickness in heaven, those are earthly elements, yet casting out devils, and laying hands on the sick are vital elements to the Ministry Jesus granted every person who accepts the Cross. This study in no way is belittling the importance of casting out devils, but we must also consider, Judas cast out devils, yet Judas was unable to deal with Judas. Granted Authority and Power from heaven granted us the Spirit, it’s the Spirit (Word) in us that is saving our souls, granting us heavenly insight, God’s Wisdom, God’s Knowledge, and many other attributes that are Spiritual in nature. One can be in the Body yet mind the flesh, or remain carnal, as the letters to the Romans and Corinthians prove. They had the Authority and Power under the Unction upon the Body to operate as members of the Body, they can lay hands on the sick, water baptize others, even cast out devils, yet without the Spirit and being Spiritual they really don’t know why they are able to do those things. 

Each area of Power and Authority has importance, each has guide lines detailed for us in the Bible, and each retained in the proper manner spell Victory. This study is to seek those guide lines, and remain within the confines of the Authority granted to us.

Looking at Matthew 10 we find Jesus gave power (Greek Exousia, meaning Authority) to His disciples to do many things, but that authority was restricted to the things and places. At that time they were not Born Again, they didn’t have the Holy Ghost, but they had Authority and went out preaching, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, but they were not told to Teach, nor did they preach on the Cross and Resurrection. They were told to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely they received, freely they were to give (Matt 10:6-8). What did they receive Freely? Money? Power? Authority? What? Surely if Jesus had power on earth to forgive sins, He forgave the sins of His own disciples on earth (Luke 5:24). They received Pardon, or Mercy on earth, then they were able to freely give that to others. The ability for them to remit sins done unto them, or to understand spiritual matters was yet to come on Pentecost. Their activity shows even the Novice, or Babe in Christ who has received the forgiveness of sins by the Mercy of the Father has Power and Authority to operate in that Mercy.

Jesus also told them they would be delivered before the councils, but they weren’t (Matt 10:17). He also told them they would be scourged, but they weren’t (Matt 10:17). He then told them not to worry for the Spirit of their Father would speak for them, yet they couldn’t be Born Again until Jesus was glorified (Matt 10:20 & Jn 7:38-39). They went out, they came back, yet none of them were cast into jail, sent before the council, or scourged. Neither were they brought before governors or kings for the sake of Jesus. Was Jesus wrong? No, this shows the projection of the calling and authority would remain, and grow in power and authority on Pentecost, thus after Pentecost they were delivered before councils and scourged. If the “Spirit of the Father” would speak, what would it relate to? Mercy. Jesus never told us we would do “other works”, but He did say we would do Greater works.

Nonetheless we travel to Matthew 28 where Jesus told these same disciples (excluding Judas of course) how All Authority (power) had been given to Him, and in the Name (Authority) of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost they were to go out under the granted Authority which then became the Name of Jesus. One has to notice the Son was included in both areas, thus the Son received a Name (Authority) above all Names. First John 5:7-8 tells us the Record in heaven is comprised of the Father, Word and Holy Ghost. We know the Word is the Son, so why not say the Son? The Word of God became the Son, when the Word was made (formed, not created) flesh (Jn 1:14). The Witness on earth is the Water, Blood and Spirit, do these relate one to the other (I Jn 5:7-)? Yes, the Mercy of the Father is seen in the Water, the Word is seen in the Blood, the Holy Ghost brings us the Spirit. The Record has taken all events into account, yet to fit the Record we must have the Witness. The Authority coupled with the Power from on high is the ability of Grace in us.

The disciples were given Authority boundaries, they were to teach all nations, not just Israel, then to baptize those who believed in “the Name” of the Father (Mercy), Son (Grace), and Holy Ghost (power from on high) in water, welcoming the converts into the Body, then teach the converts to observe all the things Jesus commanded them. However, Jesus didn’t tell them to heal anyone, raise anyone from the dead, or cast the devil out of anyone. Yet in Acts we read where Peter’s shadow healed, how he and John went to temple and at the Gate Beautiful healed a man. Peter raised a girl from the dead, Paul cast out devils, not counting Philip the Evangelist who cast out devils, healed the sick, and baptized many in water, including a Gentile Eunuch. Had they all gone crazy? No, not at all, the Authority granted in Matthew was to make disciples, the Authority over the Body is to do the works of the ministry. They were just as capable of casting out devils before the Cross as they were after. The only hindrance was their own unbelief, but that changes when the New Birth takes place. The Power from on High made the greatest change of all, thus casting out devils is nothing compared to making disciples while being led by the Spirit. It was the Power from High that produced the New Birth, the Power to carry out the Authority in a lawful manner.

The Authority also granted them permission to baptize, yet in John’s account they were already baptizing people well before the Cross (Jn 3:22-24). They were not baptizing people in the Name of Jesus before the Authority was granted in Matthew 28. John’s Baptism was vital, but it was timed. If someone conducted John’s Baptism after the Cross in ignorance it would still be illegal, but if they knew of the requirement of Belief by the candidate, yet used John’s Baptism, they engaged in a heretical baptism. For that reason Paul re-baptized the disciples in Acts 19 in the Name of Jesus. We can do something of God, but in the wrong time, or wrong area and be committing an illegal act. Doing the Law of Moses is not illegal, for those under the Law, but it would be an illegal act for us who are not under the Law of Moses. Doing the Law of the Spirit for those who have the Spirit is lawful, for those who don’t have the Spirit it’s unlawful. Authority grants us Standing or a Right to conduct a lawful act, the Power is the ability to carry out the Authority.

Having said that, it doesn't take long in studying the Book of Revelation to find evil has a power and authority as well, it also becomes clear one can use power from one source, and authority from another. The son of perdition comes with the working of Satan, yet we also read in the Book of Revelation how this "Beast of the Earth" uses the Authority (power in KJV) of the Beast of the Sea. Therefore, it’s not merely the Authority, but who gave it, thus the Authority of darkness is limited to one thing, destruction.

Our Authority is from Jesus, we operate in the Name of Jesus, because we are members of the Body of Christ. Our Power is from on high, but when the disciples were granted the Greater Authority where was Jesus (Matt 28:18-20)? On the earth, thus Matthew 28 is the granted Authority, not the Power. In Acts chapter one the disciples wondered if Jesus was to restore Again the kingdom to Israel, but He answered with a warning and a division. It was not for them to know (experience) the Times or the Seasons which the Father has put in His own Power (authority). But they shall receive Power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon them. This doesn’t mean the Power first then the Holy Ghost, rather it shows the Power comes After the Holy Ghost is come upon them, the purpose was for them and us to be Witnesses unto Jesus. The restoration of Israel is something the Father has put in His own power, not in our power. We are to know about it, but not do it, or be caught in it.

The Holy Ghost brings the Seed of God, which is always the Power unto Salvation; that same Seed makes us a Witness for Jesus unto Salvation, not unto Judgment or Destruction. Our Authority and Power are confined to that area alone, we are not granted Authority to destroy. What other Authority is specific in nature? The Offices, after Jesus took captivity captive, He gave gifts (Doma) unto men, which we know as the five fold offices (Eph 4:8-11). The purpose was for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: till we all come in the Unity of the Faith, and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto a Perfect (complete) man, unto the measure of the stature of the Fullness of Christ (Eph 4:12-13). The Office does not have the authority to appoint to the Offices, nor does it have the authority to remove anyone from the Office. 

Leadership has the authority to grant Helps positions (Bishop and Deacon), and to appoint Elders, but leadership does not have the authority to appoint anyone to any of the Offices, only the Holy Ghost does that (Acts 13:1-3). Leaders confirm as they hear from the Holy Ghost, but to take it upon their selves to appoint to the five fold ministry would be usurping the authority of the Holy Ghost.

There are many areas of granted authority and power, but they are predicated on position. Husbands are to love their wives, thus Jesus has granted an authority and power for them to do so; just as wives are to submit to the husbands, which also takes an authority and power. The same power an authority is granted unto all Believers in the Body, since they are to love one another, and submit to one another.

If the husband doesn’t know what love consists of, or if the wife has no idea what submit means, how can they do either? Authority or not? Peter tells the husbands to honor (treasure) their wives as unto the weaker vessel (I Pet 3:7). Does that mean the wife is weak? No, the concept means a treasured possession, one that was put in a place of protection. However, controlling the wife and protecting her are different. The word submit means not to cause hindrances, or to engage in debates, it doesn’t mean to be a doormat. Jesus loves the Body, but He doesn’t control it, dominate it, or force it to do as He desires.  That is clear in the seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus never said, “obey or else”, but He did say, “repent”, “he that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit (of God) says to the churches”, thus Jesus gave requests, not demands. Jesus allowed Peter to be Peter, John to be John, the forming process is based in a change of nature, not a forced change. We must desire the change, and submit to it. To force a mate to be what we want, is neither love, nor submission, surely not granted under the authority given us as Believers. 

When we remain in our given area all things work together for good, when we presume we can make up our own rules, or move outside of the given realm, things may still seem to work, but not to the potential God intended, and we must give account in the end. Power used outside of Authority is rebellion, misuse of authority is witchcraft. The term “usurp authority” is not misusing our authority, it’s attempting to use someone else’s. If we are a teacher, do we attempt to be the prophet? If we are helps, do we attempt to be the pastor?

It’s obvious we can enter witchcraft when we move outside of the granted authority, and witchcraft is merely misusing an authority, or better, one who has natural authority attempting to use it in a spiritual manner. The same would be true in reverse, if one is spiritual they are not to attempt to impress God by doing a law sent to the carnal, as the letter to the Galatians proves.

Balaam wanted to make gain, he felt his position gave him the right to "earn a living". He pushed the calling beyond the limit, yet God told him to, "Go", only because God knew Balaam was going anyway. We said it may be convoluted at times, and here is an example. The jump from Numbers to the Book of Revelation shows us why Peter said, "Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness" (II Pet 2:15). Peter gives us the intent of Balaam, and how he was going to use his power to sneak out from under the granted authority, by using his position to venture into an area where he had no authority. We find some other interesting clues in Peter's words, Peter isn't talking about someone who didn't have authority and power, rather he says they were once in the "right way", then they have gone astray like Balaam, or followed after something that lured them in the same manner as Balaam was lured. Balaam being a prophet was also connected to the third family of Abraham. Balaam knew what God has blessed, no one can curse. However, he knew there had to be a way around the position so he could make his personal gain. The word "wages" could stand for money, but it could also stand for other things as well. It comes from the Greek Mistos meaning a wage, or reward given. Balaam was going to make gain, no matter what, yet he was so deceived he felt God approved of his actions. God didn't ordain Balaam's actions, Balaam twisted the Word to fit his purpose, then supposed God would honor him. At first it worked, but then the path started to narrow. The voice of a donkey spoke to the prophet, one donkey talking to another, who has heard of such a thing? Balaam has his clues before him, it took a donkey to see what the man couldn’t.

In the Book of Revelation we find it was the Doctrine of Balaam, not the man’s office or even his prophecies that became his error (Rev 2:14). Prophecy is not Doctrine, rather Doctrine is what we teach, so what did he teach? He taught Balak how to get what he wanted, even if he had to get the people to curse themselves. What was the office of Balaam? Not a teacher, thus he went around his calling to get what he wanted.

Faith works, it was designed to do so, thus Power works, it was designed to do so. Faith in anything but God becomes mind power and witchcraft, Power used outside of the granted Authority becomes rebellion. Power and Authority have guidelines, they keep us from running after a Balaam heart, or a Jezebel mind. We are told faith comes by hearing, but what would happen if we reversed that? Could we say something, thinking God will hear and obey us? Yes, but that is witchcraft since it twists the precept by reversing the authority of faith. It’s by faith we please God, but it’s not the other way around, where by our faith we get God to please us.

John the Baptist had authority and power but it was restricted in nature, he didn’t cast out devils, or lay hands on the sick. Yet the disciples of Jesus, and even the 70 Jesus sent out did. John was filled with the Holy Ghost, but the Holy Ghost will not go beyond the limits of the authority granted the person. The disciples had granted authority and power do cast out devils, but there were not filled with the Holy Ghost. Whereas John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost, but didn’t cast out devils. In John’s case he made statements regarding Jesus, thus no one calls Jesus Lord but by the Holy Ghost. In John Nathanael said “thou are the Son of God”, but Jesus responded with “Son of man” (Jn 1:49 & 1:51). Nathanael at that time lacked the authority or revelation to make the statement, later Peter will make the statement, but by revelation from the Father for a specific reason. All that shows Authority to operate has guidelines, we cannot assume since Jesus gave us Authority we can as we please. We cannot use the Name of Jesus as if it’s some weapon to be used against flesh and blood.

Although we tend to think of Power and Authority as the same thing, we find they are different. We can have Authority, but no Power. An example would be a Law that grants someone the ability to do something, but lacks giving them the power to carry it out. Another example would be a policeman; the Policeman is granted Authority to make arrests, give citations, and direct traffic, but without the signs of his power he lacks the ability to enforce the authority. When we see the uniform, the vehicle, the badge or all of them together we immediately know Authority and Power was granted to the person holding them. Anyone can say, "stop in the Name of the Law", but only those with Power and Authority granted by the Law can do anything about that command. If a talking bird said “stop in the name of the law”, we would laugh, but if a policeman in full uniform said, “Stop in the Name of the Law”, we would stop, or at least know we were breaking the law by ignoring the command.

There are those who pose as law enforcement officers, they have a badge and uniform, but they lack the Authority, they would be operating unlawfully, although they might have the outside appearance. Paul talked about false apostles who come with the self-transformed outward appearance of righteousness, but inside Satan still reigns, they would be Wicked or Unlawful (II Cor 11:13-15).

Also we know a policeman has the "power of arrest", really they can arrest anyone for anything, whether the person arrested did the deed or not. The Authority over the policeman is the court system, thus the courts determine if the arrest was lawful. For the arresting powers to be "lawful", they must operate within the guidelines of the Authority granted. No policeman in their right mind would arrest a thief, then charge them with murder. The authority is limited to the violation and procedures regarding the violation, just as they have procedures within the guidelines of the authority in other areas. No policeman would direct traffic in such a way as to cause an accident, they know the Powers that be would hold them responsible. The granted Authority is designed to keep the Power within the guidelines, thus making it Lawful. Wow, that was easy, short lesson. Not so, there are elements of both Power and Authority that are very important to our Christian walk.

The Centurion knew if Jesus spoke, the Authority of Christ would manifest. For some reason we forget how Precious and Important that Name is. Some of us tend to pull it out like a six-gun for the shoot-out, but we must consider that every Name God used in the Old Testament stood for some area of Authority, yet Jesus said All Authority was found in His Authority. Then He told us to Go in His Name! Jehovah, El, Elohiym, or any number of titles were all placed in The Name of Jesus. If we say, “In the Name of Jehovah”, we would be violating the Authority granted Jesus. The Father gave Jesus a Name above all names, and all usually means All. We do not have authority to use the name of Jehovah, or the title El, or Elohiym, it is not the Body of El, it’s the Body of Christ. That doesn’t take away from the Father, rather it speaks of Authority only. If we take this concept beyond the Authority issue, we would be in error as well. If God walked into a room He would not have to produce His passport for identification. The issue is Authority, not some form of identification. The premise, “of well don’t you think God would like to be called by His name?”, lacks knowledge regarding the Authority of God. What Name would you use? Abraham didn’t know God as Jehovah, but Moses did. Would you use El? Elohiym? The Hebrew, Greek, what? If you call on the name of Jesus, and it worked, stick with it.

If Jesus included the Gentile and Jew in the Body, He also included all the languages. It’s not whether one says “Jesus” in one particular language or not, it’s whether they have the position to use that Name. If we said, “come out in the Name of Jesus” and the devil came out, it worked, we need not find some “special” name to use to make us feel superior over the rest of the Body. The lust of being superior over people needs to be dwelt with in the Name of Jesus.

First John says the antichrist nature denies both the Father and Son, thus we can’t presume Jesus is the Father, or the Father is Jesus. However, we must know we operate under the Authority granted the Son unto Salvation. 

During the Day the Father is not off working separately, the Holy Ghost isn't running around making converts in some other religious body – the granted Authority is in the Name of Jesus centering on the Body, and the Body centers on the Church, and the Church on Jesus. Not all those in the Body are of the Church, but all those in the Church are of the Body. There are religious orders many in the world, but only one heard, “All power (authority) is given unto Me”. The purpose of the Day is for the Preparation of the Bride of Christ, thus the Bride makes Herself ready, which means we have the keys in hand. When we say, "In the Name of Jesus", we are invoking all the Authority on earth and in heaven. No wonder we can come boldly to the throne.

Mark 11:22 and following, have become important verses of late, they are a result of what happened to a Fig Tree. The metaphor Fig Tree, as we know, stands for the religious order of Israel. Jesus said something to a real fig tree, the next day Peter made an observation, then made a comment. Jesus said "say unto this mountain", not just any mountain but "this mountain" (Mark 11:23). Peter, like us, probably stood there thinking, "I said fig tree, where did He come up with a mountain?". Peter said something based on his observation, Jesus taught him about authority, and how operating in the proper authority can change the way you observe things.

Peter saw something, made a conclusion and voiced it, but did he make a correct evaluation? Or did he just accuse Jesus of going beyond the granted Authority? In order to find out we must venture into the study. The Fig Tree wasn't told to "go", yet Jesus said the authority granted was to see something "Go". This is one of those areas where we see we can have what we say, but what did we say? Come here mountain? No, it was Go. The lesson continues to the area of forgiveness, thus the authority in that area refers to Mercy. When we pray, we forgive, in order to be forgiven (Mark 11:25-26). The Mountain sits on us, it blocks our vision, it can’t determine what we are seeing, is really what we are seeing. Jesus made a statement of fact, Peter saw it as cursing. Peter told Jesus, "the tree you cursed", but did Jesus curse the tree? If Jesus had the Authority to Bless and Curse not, how could He curse the Tree? If we have been told to "Bless and Curse not" how can we curse? Is faith cursing? Cursing by a Christian is an act of Power outside the granted Authority, becoming rebellion and a misuse of Power. Jude tells us even Michael knew better than that, and told the devil "the Lord rebuke you" (Jude 9). Jesus made a statement of fact regarding the Fig Tree based on His observations made in the temple. If we saw two cars headed for each other and said, "they're going to hit", did we cause them to hit? Or did we make a statement of fact?

Peter said many things before the Cross, if we think he was correct all the time we error. On at least one occasion Jesus rebuked Peter by saying, "get you behind Me Satan, you are an offense unto Me; for you savor not the things that be of God, but those that be of men" (Matt 16:23). Also when Peter saw the Transfigured Jesus he wanted to build three tabernacles, but the Father say, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear you Him" (Matt 17:5). Peter "said", but the Father said "hear". When Peter made his observation of the Fig Tree he allowed a mountain to interpret what he saw, rather than see "faith, hope and love", he saw "curse". Peter's conclusion prompted Jesus to say "Have faith in God". What? What has that to do with the Fig Tree? Everything, the Fig Tree didn't call for, or depend on faith. A change was taking place, there was a place for that mountain, but not on Peter. The tense shows the mountain is something over us, as an object placed between us and heaven, thus it restricts heaven's flow to us, and stops us from reaching heaven. Jesus will show Peter what motivated Peter’s thoughts, even if Peter didn't know. James and John wanted to call fire down from heaven, because a prophet of old did, but they heard Jesus came to bring life, not take it (Luke 9:54). Right premise, wrong time and timing. We can have what appears to be a sound Godly premise, but be applying it under the wrong authority at the wrong time.

Was Elijah wrong in calling fire down? After all the False Prophet causes fire to come from heaven, maybe Elijah was a false prophet? Not hardly, Elijah was in a time and season, he had a message regarding that which was to come, but he was not that which was to come. Jesus said the message came by John the Baptist, not that John was Elijah, only that the Elijah message came through John. At that we find the least in the Kingdom is greater than John. Wanting to be "Elijah like" is the wrong desire for the authority granted us. Simply finding something in the Bible doesn't mean our authority will allow us to do it. Calling fire down is one example, cursing is another. We are given an Authority that is purposed unto Salvation, not Judgment or Damnation. 

Peter understood the Fig Tree, and deep within he wanted to see that tree cursed, but Jesus told him "have faith in God", or better, turn from the concept of cursing, to having faith. This is clearer when we find the teaching is really centered on forgiveness (Mark 11:25-26). What does "when you stand praying forgive" have to do with "say unto this mountain"? And what does all that have to do with Peter’s observations? Everything, Peter made an observation based on an emotion, Jesus didn’t have to read his mind, He discerned Peter’s motive, thus Jesus is answering the intent of Peter's statement, while informing Peter what that intent was. When all we see is vile, corruption, evil doings, error, or desire to see all those we consider "evil" cursed, our intent is in error. We must say to that Mountain, Go, then put our faith in God to remove it.

When John and James wanted to call fire down, Jesus told them, “you know not what manner of spirit you are of” (Luke 9:55). What? Cast the devil out of them quickly. No, that isn’t the context, it’s reasoning and conclusions based on a nature. They had a premise, “like Elijah did” (Luke 9:54), they even had authority, but they were about to go outside of the authority by using the wrong power. They wanted Jesus to “command” them to call fire down, which would have caused Jesus to operate outside the authority of “bring life”. That would have destroyed the entire premise of the Cross, for Jesus came to save man, not destroy mankind (Luke 9:56). James and John were upset, how dare these people reject Jesus (Luke 9:53)? A little fire will correct their behavior, not much, just enough to let them know they did wrong. For Peter it was watching the religious leaders mock his Lord, they deserved to be cursed. When he saw the fig tree, he felt it was cursed, but it was not. It failed to produce the good first fruit, thus it could not produce proper second fruit. A fig tree that is incapable of producing fruit will dry up from the roots, until it’s transplanted, at that it may bring forth leaves, but it will never again produce fruit. Therefore, we find Faith in God must entail understanding within the operation of Authority and Power.

Jesus sent out the seventy, when they returned they were amazed at the Authority they held, even the devils were subject to them through the Name of Jesus (Luke 10:17). We know by now the term "Name" refers to Authority, but Jesus told the seventy, "rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:20). Having authority over devils is not wrong, limiting ourselves to that premise is. The seventy also heard how the Name of Jesus gives us "power" to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the "power" of the enemy (Luke 10:19). That comes in real handy if you're called to the wilderness to preach. We know the metaphors relate to malicious people (serpents), and those who are deceptive in nature (scorpions). We also find the words "power" are different Greek words; the first use of power in the phrase "power to tread" is the Greek Exousia meaning Authority, but the second word Power in the phrase, "power of the enemy" is the Greek Dunamis meaning Power. Both Authority and Power are granted, but limited. We are not allowed to tread on a brother or sister in the Lord, we are not allowed to make serpents tread on the scorpions, we are not allowed to use the “power of the enemy”.

God's reciprocal procedure was evident in the Temple cleaning, the Power and Authority granted under the Old Covenant was still in the Temple, but the religious rulers were not operating in accordance with the Authority. God presents, man receives. God presented the proper means under the Authority, but the religious rulers went outside the Authority, thus Jesus cleaned the temple twice. The first time it was "My Father's House", next it was "My House", yet the religious rulers were in charge. If God was solely in charge, the Temple would have remained clean, but we can see the Authority for the Temple came from God, yet the ownership was still God’s. David wanted to build the house for God, yet man would maintain it. The example for us is obvious, the Body is given to us, just as the Temple was given to Israel. The Church is not given to us, we are given to the Church. Much different.

So, which was greater? The Law of Moses? Or Rome? On the surface it would appear Rome was, but the Jews were able to bring about the Cross by using the granted permission of Rome, represented by the soldiers of Rome. The religious rulers used a method of the world to put pressure on Pontius Pilate to get their way, yet the Jews were conquered by Rome. They Usurped the authority of Rome, which means they used another authority not granted to them to gain what they wanted. Just as Jesus warned them, they would do the lusts of their father the devil, by using the authority of the devil to carry out their plans. However, it was all in the plan, what appeared evil, God used to bring about the greatest Good mankind could hope for.

There are times when God "allows", but that doesn't mean God either condones, or causes. God used Balaam, Korah, and the children in the wilderness as examples for us. If God is so powerful, why not make the children in the wilderness mix the word with faith? Why not make Korah obey Moses? The children had the faith to cross the Red Sea, why not make them continue in that faith? They had choice; having choice is one thing, the result of that choice another.  

Just prior to saying, "have faith in God" Jesus entered the temple and cleaned it, but if this temple was the House of God, why would there be a need to clean it? After all God is the Power of all Power, and the Authority of Authorities. Shouldn't the Power and Authority of God be greater than the ability of man to turn the House of God into "a den of thieves"? (Mark 11:17). Surely God is able to "rule His own house". Once we understand this we can understand why Paul called the Corinthians the “temple”, they had the Spirit, but were still carnal, they were in need of a “temple cleaning” .

What caused Jesus to say the Temple had become a "den of thieves"? What did the religious rulers steal? They used their granted position as a means to bring about their prosperity at the expense of God's people. They had a Commandment to take tithe, but they didn’t have a Commandment to rob widows. We are told to Receive tithe, not take it (Heb 7:6-9). One would think if they had Commandment, surely they could extract funds. Not so, they had Commandment to take tithes, so those under the Law who paid tithes could provided for the Temple. That did not included selling doves, exchanging money or  selling items. The Temple was in the hands of the religious leaders, thus God "corrected" them, He didn't destroy them. Later God removed His hand from the Temple, and the Romans destroyed it in 70AD.

When John the Baptist came face to face with Jesus, he said, "I have need to be baptized of You" (Matt 3:14). John knew what type of baptism Jesus would do, thus John was not talking about water baptism, rather he wanted to be baptized by Jesus with the Holy Ghost and Fire. Did John go outside his authority? No, he didn’t say Jesus must, he said he had need. John had the authority and power to baptize Jesus in water, thus Jesus submitted to the baptism of John, but it was not time for Jesus to baptize anyone. Jesus said, "Suffer (or allow) it to be so Now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness" (Matt 3:15).

John did one type of baptism, but preached how Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost and Fire, thus he had the Promise, Jesus being presented the ability, but the timing was not yet (Jn 7:39). Therefore, there is the Authority, the Power and the Timing. To make “sons of God” before the Resurrection was within the Power and Authority, but not within the timing. 

At the Ascension of Jesus the disciples were told to "Tarry" until they were endued with Power from on high; however, Peter was still natural Peter, and made the decision to have a Board Meeting to fill the vacated slot of Judas. Jesus never told them to have a meeting, never told them to fill the slot of Judas, but in Peter's mind it seemed filling the vacated slot was the right thing to do at that time, it seemed to be something that had to be done before they could continue on (Acts 1:17-21). How many of us think there are things we must do, before the Promise can manifest? We think we have to make the prophecy come to pass, yet prophecy proves itself by coming to pass. We are impatient, assuming God is not able to bring the prophecy to pass, so we venture beyond our authority. We are told to give prophecy, not make it come to pass.

We find several good lessons from Acts chapter 1, first Peter was still Peter, even after being told "feed My sheep". He was still attempting to control things, and use his own reasoning. This is not "Peter bashing", merely showing how any of us without the Spirit of Christ remain natural and unable to understand spiritual matters.

Peter had been granted power and authority well before, but it was limited and restricted and did not allow him to appoint anyone to any office (Matt 10:5-15). Then he and the others were granted higher Authority, yet that Authority did not grant them to appoint anyone to the Offices of the Lord (Matt 28:18-20). In Acts chapter 1 Peter was still operating under authority, but without Power. Therefore, Peter had the authority to "Go" ye into all the world, but he didn't have the Power to accomplish the goal. His "activity" in appointing an office was absent Authority, really that is the only time we find any leader appointing anyone to any of the five-fold offices. The leaders appoint Bishops, Deacons and Elders, not Apostles. Rather than hear, “separate unto me”; however in Acts chapter 1 they cast lots, or voted. They prayed, had Scripture, but never heard from the Lord. The last thing the Lord told them to do was Tarry, not vote. God was not going to answer a prayer outside of the Authority granted, later the Holy Ghost will place whom He will into the positions (Acts 13:1-3).

What was this "power" they were to Tarry for? The Spirit, the gift of the Holy Ghost. When the Holy Ghost came it all changed, as evidenced in Acts 13:1-3, when the Holy Ghost "said" Separate unto Me; no one there said, "Peter cast lots, so don’t listen to the Holy Ghost, let's cast lots”. No, the  Holy Ghost picks whom He desires, but when Peter was casting lots the Holy Ghost had not been given. Peter had Scripture to back him up, not just one verse, but several. They prayed, they were of one mind, but they were operating outside of the granted Authority.

We also find the “meeting” rather than following the command "tarry" didn't stop the Pentecost experience, nor the promised Power from on high. Why? The leaders were surely out of order, but the congregation was not. The One Accord in prayer was completing the purpose of the Ingress Aires (Jn 20:21-23). The Holy Ghost came based on the completion of the command “receive ye the Holy Ghost”, but the command of Tarry was still there as well. The natural mind will hear “Tarry” and presume, “well, we’re not going to other houses, we’re right here, so this meeting is still tarrying”. No it wasn’t, to Tarry means to Wait.

The meeting to fill the slot makes natural sense, but lacks spiritual sense. In Acts 1:19 Peter said, "It is known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem...", thus the reasoning was, "how can we operate without filling the slot, all the people will think we have not forgiven Judas". Peter felt there had to be a sign of "forgiveness", some element for the disciples to point to and show the people they have forgiven all who have trespassed against them. However, filling the slot of Judas didn't prove that, after the Holy Ghost came the name of Judas was not even mentioned, the people could have cared less, the signs and wonders got their attention.

Peter's other point of reasoning was based on something the Holy Ghost said through David (Acts 1:16); however, he forgot the Proceeding Word, which was "Tarry". Any of us can jump off doing something "God said" to another, yet find we are in rebellion. God can tell us "pray with your mate", and we run off and read the Bible for hours. After all, what could be wrong with reading your Bible? If it's to avoid what God has told us to do, it's still rebellion. We're not belittling Peter, or saying Jesus was better off leaving the guy a fisher of fish, rather we're showing we can have Authority, yet without the Power we will end trusting our own talent or ability, and give birth to an Ishmael.

To examine this event further and apply it to some of us, we all know there are times when we allow our minds to run off into some imagination, where we make decisions based on our reasoning, which decision is nonetheless outside of the granted Authority and Power. Does that mean we will be cast aside? Perhaps Jesus will remove us from office? Break our legs? No. Repentance, and our "motive" tells the story. Peter wanted things to be right, but he made the mistake of using his natural reasoning to determine the definition of "right". Right in the eyes of Jesus was to Tarry until the Power from on High could connect to the granted Authority.

In Mark 16:14 Jesus upbraided the disciples with their unbelief because of their hardness of heart. In the very next verse He says, "go ye into all the world", which is the same thing as we found in Acts 1:8, but didn't He just upbraid them for their unbelief? Yes, but then He says "Go"? Send these unbelieving people out to preach? Who has heard of such a thing? How many apostles were of the Rock at that time? The eleven unbelieving ones being upbraided. Did Jesus know they would fall into unbelief? yes, but the lesson is for us, as we find the rebuke cured the unbelief of the disciples. How did He upbraid them? By telling them the things that follow those who believe, even if these eleven didn't believe, someone out there would.

The Process of the Name had to begin with these disciples, the water baptism in the Name of Jesus means someone who has the Authority in the Body is the only one who can baptize others into the Body. Therefore, the only leadership in the Body at that time were these eleven, the Covenant was being tested. Jesus needed them to build the Rock, so He could build the Church. If they remained in the house and died of old age, all would be lost. Could Jesus do it all over again? No, the Cross was once, no one, not even Jesus can crucify Christ twice.

Then Jesus opened the entire matter, if someone is baptized into the Body, and they continue to believe, the phrase, "shall be saved" will apply to them; however, if they are baptized into the Body, yet fail to continue to believe, they shall be damned. That  was Motivation, and Mark ends showing how the signs followed the disciples, which in turn also shows they repented and believed. If nothing else, it shows unbelief and belief are a matter of choice. The disciples allowed unbelief to enter in, yet Jesus didn't tell them, "Well boys, now you've gone and done it, since unbelief has entered I must go and find some new apostles", no He gave them the command. Why? Covenant. They made the commitment, Jesus was keeping His side, even if they were slipping from theirs. This also shows Jesus didn’t have other disciples tucked away somewhere, it was centered on the eleven. Also, Jesus didn’t make them believe, it was their side of the Covenant to believe. If we are in a state of unbelief, we made the choice not to believe, which means we can make the choice to believe.

How about Paul going to Jerusalem? Do we find Authority in that mistake? Yes, when Paul got to Jerusalem where was the Holy Ghost? Not with Paul, the Holy Ghost told him not to go, if he went, how could the Holy Ghost honor his decision? One thing was for sure, Grace was not Paul’s to cast away, or give up based on his selfless act. Paul was not wicked, he was not attempting to twist grace into lasciviousness, rather he believed the Rapture was near, he was willing to give up his place in the First Resurrection for his Jewish brothers. However, although he preached, no one came to the Lord. If any were to come to the Lord, they were not going to come through the preaching of Paul.

When the Holy Ghost tells us something, and we cast it off, we can’t expect the Holy Ghost to honor our rejection of Authority. If we are a people of Authority, we are also under Authority, and we must obey, if we want to remain as a people of Authority. The night following Paul repented, then the Lord came to him, telling him about going to Rome. Some of Paul’s best teachings came after that event, what appeared to be evil, God was able to turn to Good for our benefit.

The Power from on high carried more than the ability to speak in other tongues, in truth the speaking was merely a "sign" of the experience. Not to say it's any the less, only that it wasn't the entire purpose. Tongues and prophesy are signs showing the Token from God was planted, it’s an assurance of the Seed being in place. The 120 could have stayed in the upper room and enjoyed the moment, but they didn't, they seized the moment, and the Body grew by 3,000 in one day.

How often have we said, "In the Name of Jesus"? What are we saying? In the Power of Jesus? No, the metaphor Name means Authority, we are speaking as members of the Body of Christ. The Unction is upon us, the call to be Witnesses of Jesus is our purpose, so are we? The disciples before the Cross went out and preached, cast out devils, healed the sick, but it would take the Power from on High before they could be Witnesses (Acts 1:6-8). They had to have that very same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead in order to have a position to speak of the Cross and Resurrection.

The Church is built by Jesus on the Rock, we cast the net and build the Rock. Jude tells us "of some have compassion making a difference, and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh" (Jude 22-23). When we cast the Net we get some good fish, and some bad. Does that give us the right to cast the bad back into the Sea? No, once they enter the Body they have the same opportunity as anyone else, but that doesn't mean we sit refusing to cast the net. There is a procedure for exposure and correction, one that falls within Authority.          

If Jesus said the gates of hell shall not prevail, why does it appear a majority of the seven churches not only have the gates prevailing, but some were even promoting them? Because Jesus said He would build His Church on the Rock, thus we have two things, the Church and the Rock. The Rock as we found is Christ, or the Body as Paul defines it, within the Body we find churches many, but upon the Rock there is only One Church. Jesus never said the gates will not come against the Body, or the Church,  only that they would not prevail, and He limited the "shall not" to an "it", not a "them".

The gates of hell refer to death and division; gates are not offensive, unless you take them off the hinge and beat someone with them. The gates Jesus talks about are big, very big, they were used to separate the people outside the city from those within, showing a form of division. Have the gates prevailed in the Body? Yes. Have they in the Church? Not at all. We can focus on the Body and forget it will be Broken, but the Church will not. 

What about the Authority over the Body? Are there examples or teachings in that area? Yes, Paul gives us many, one is basically metaphoric, but being metaphoric it can be misinterpreted. Paul used metaphors and allegories in many of his letters, the metaphor "head" refers to Authority, the metaphor "horn" refers to Power, we will be able to add to our metaphor list from First Corinthians 11. First Corinthians 11:1 says, "be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ". Paul isn't telling us to follow him, that would be a violation of the command of Jesus, "Follow Me". Paul is telling us to look at him, see how he follows Jesus, then use that example as we follow Jesus. This is for the individual, some of us follow leaders, but the command is to Follow Jesus. In essence we walk with Paul as Paul walks, rather than place him between us and God.

Then Paul gets into an area that could be misconstrued to mean a "husband and wife" alone, but if that is the case then the entire teaching removes widows, single women, and single men. Paul just told us to Follow Jesus, thus the concept is a mystery regarding Christ and the Church, but in First Corinthians 11 it’s leadership and the congregation.

Going further it would appear as if Paul is building some sort of monster, taking the head from a woman, and putting it on a man? Not so, these are metaphors and teachings regarding Authority in the gathering and the responsibilities thereof. If we keep the context in line with Authority, these verses make sense, bringing clarity to the phrase, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the Law" (I Cor 14:34). If the Law of Moses was nailed to the Cross, how can Paul bring it back? This same Paul told the Galatians that circumcision and keeping days as outlined in the Law, were not only wrong, but would cause the Galatians to fall from Grace, yet he tells the Corinthians to do just that? It just doesn't fit. Adding how he said, "there is neither male nor female in Christ", but then he  turns right around and says there is. These verses in Corinthians go much further than gender, connecting to the proper use of Authority. The most obvious is how the women are to remain silent, but if their “head” is the man and the face is on the head, with the mouth on the face, then it’s the “head” that must remain silent. Must be more to it, Amen?

Paul begins by telling us Christ is the "head" of every man, which is our first clue (I Cor 11:3). The metaphor Head pointing to Authority helps us, since Jesus is the "Head" of the Body. The man isn't Christ, his head (Authority) is. Then Paul tells us the "head" of the woman is the man, thus the woman isn't the man, her head is. Then the "head" of Christ is God. Each of these speaks of Authority, not Power, and certainly not power to dominate, or control. Back in Matthew Jesus said the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost was now the Name of Jesus, Paul is saying the same. The Anointing or Unction over the Body is the Authority granted the Body, but that Authority is under the Authority of the Name of Jesus.

Next Paul talks about the "covering", and how it relates to the "head". The first aspect of "covering" is not a good covering, rather it's some form of separation, something that is artificial, or not conducive to the granted Authority of Christ over the Body. If leadership places a carnal Yoke between Christ (authority of the Body) and God they have hindered not only the Authority but the Anointing. In the case of the Corinthians it was remaining carnal, which caused division and strife. The proper "covering" is seen in the metaphor "hair", which relates to the anointing, or something that is not artificial.

This is an important issue since some of us think the Anointing comes with Power,  but we find it comes with the Authority. The yoke was destroyed because of the Anointing, thus the yoke was destroyed so the Anointing could be applied, granting us Authority, then we Tarry for the Power. For some reason we think the anointing broke the yoke, but Isaiah 10:27 gives us a progression, first the burden shall be taken away from off the shoulder (government), and the yoke from the neck, which relates to our study here in Corinthians, so the anointing can flow from the Head to the Body. The government is on the shoulder of Jesus, it's between the Head and Body, it is not the Head, but between. If the government  (leadership or husband) puts a Yoke on the Neck, it has placed something restrictive between the Head and God,  separating themselves, and hindered the flow from the Head to the Body.

The Yoke is at the Neck, which connects the Head to the Body, if the Yoke is broken the connection between the Head and Body flow without restriction. The rest of Isaiah 10:27 tells us, "and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing". It doesn't say "by the anointing", rather the Yoke must be destroyed to allow the anointing to flow from the Head through the Neck past the Shoulder to the Body.

When each of us as individuals came to Jesus the Yoke was destroyed to grant us the anointing, placing us in a position to have the Spirit. However, here in Corinthians we're talking about the shoulder, thus this has nothing to do with our personal relationship with Jesus, it has to do with the congregational gathering. We're not to forsake the gathering, but the purpose of gathering is to exhort one another, here we find there can be a hindrance to that purpose. One so great it will also hinder the Holy Spirit in each member of the congregation. The premise of the women learning at home has to be a clue, they are getting nothing in the gathering. If the leadership (husband) have hindered the flow of authority, the women (congregation) must remain silent. The connection between prayer and prophesy from chapter 11 to chapter 14 has to be made, or we lose the importance of the teaching.

Authority is then linked to the anointing, but what else? Great Faith, when Jesus heard the Centurion say, "I am a man of authority, and am subject to authority", the knowledge of how Authority operates was considered Great Faith. Faith being projected from the now shows us our knowledge of Authority places our faith in the right direction.

This teaching in First Corinthians teaches us the importance of Authority, and how we can have Power, but lack Authority, or misuse Authority, ending without Power. We will have the rhetoric, sermons that are moving, but the people are gaining nothing. At first the leadership blames the people, “dumb people aren’t getting it”, but Paul is showing if the leadership has allowed the traditions of men, carnal viewpoints, or anything outside of the granted Authority to Yoke the flow, the people are kept in a silent state. Authority is granted permission to speak, the Power behind the words brings the effectiveness, thus without Authority the words fall to the ground.

Authority and Power combined is the basis of Order, without Order we can’t function in the Power with effectiveness. The context begins to open up when we see the metaphor Head as Authority, and how a False Covering produces a separation between Authority granted, and Authority received. When we add the metaphor "Hair" we find the Authority and the Anointing are linked. Placing the metaphor together we find the man as the husband is the leader of the congregation, with the wife seen as the congregation. The leaders have Christ as their head, the congregation have the leaders, but that is only in the gathering, not in the individual lives of the members. The leaders have a two fold responsibility, as "husbands" they must make sure they have no covering on their Head (Christ), but as individuals they must be covered by the Unction.

We must keep this in context, this isn't talking about our relationship with Jesus, it refers to the gatherings in the Body, or how the Body operates in the assembling of one another. This same context was seen in First Corinthians 10:17 as the Body, it continues into chapter 11. The leader praying or prophesying with a false covering between his head (Christ) and God dishonors his Head (Christ). This doesn't say they can't pray or prophesy, it means if they have allowed a false covering to separate or interfere when they do pray or prophesy they dishonor Christ. The separating covering can be many things, such as Old Covenant deeds, self-righteousness, pride, self-enhancing motives, a love for power, no true concern or love for people, fables, deeds of the flesh, carnal ordinances, filthy lucre, teaching the traditions of men as doctrine, taking the oversight of the congregation by constraint, or some other out of order hindrance. On the same note, if they make sure there is no false covering separating them from Christ then they can Pray and Prophesy in abundance, bringing Honor to Christ (I Cor 11:4).

The leader should not cover his Head (Authority, Christ), for "he is the image and glory of God" (I Cor 11:7). Wait, go back, the head of Christ is God, but here it's the "image" of God. Christ is the image and glory of God, but the congregation becomes the glory of the leader. Prior we saw the leader can dishonor their Head, and the congregation will be in shame. If the Leader has the glory, it will reflect on the congregation. The leader may think the fault lays with the congregation, but Paul shows the congregation as a reflection of the glory presented to them. This same context is seen between a "husband and wife", yet that is also a mystery concerning Christ and the Church (Eph 5:32).

The authority granted in marriage, is seen as the husband loving his wife, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it, and the wife must submit as unto the Lord (Eph 5:21-22). For some reason we can preach "love one another", and they all yell "amen!!", or "submit one to another", and hear "preach it", but when it comes to "husbands love your wives, wives submit to your husbands" we hear, "hang that idiot, vote him out, out we say, out!!!!". That still relates to Authority, why does the husband have an example, but not the wife? The husband has Christ's love for the Church, but the wife doesn't, why? Wait, maybe she does, if we keep it in context we find, as the husband loves, so will the wife submit, as the wife submits, so will the husband love. It’s the same concept we find here, the glory is reflective. If the husband fails to submit to the Lord, what example does the wife have? If the husband is so carnal he can’t understand the type and manner of love Jesus has for the Church, how can he love his wife? This leadership and congregation concept of husband and wife must be kept in the context, or else how can the two be one?

When the husband loves his wife as Christ loves the Church, the wife has no problem in submitting; that is if he truly lives by his words. That is the case in Corinth, the Leaders are the example, if they hold fables, anger, are full of pride, ego and arrogance, the congregation will reflect those very traits. If the leadership teaches traditions of men as doctrine, the congregation will receive it as doctrine. What if we know it’s wrong? What if we see something is completely out of order? What do we as the congregation do? Pray the jerk down, vote them out, cast stones of theological abuse at them. No, we are to "remain silent", why? The leaders don't work for us, they are responsible to the Authority over them. As a congregation we are bound, but not as individuals. The context is still the gathering, thus Paul tells us to go home to learn and pray. If we have to go home to learn, surely we didn’t gain a thing in the gathering.

In our prayer closet we can pray for the leaders to be enlightened, or for God to send a prophet to bring clarity or exposure, for the Holy Ghost to intervene by bringing correction unto perfection, whatever, we find if we are bound in the gathering, we can’t pray of prophesy. This is interesting since the two signs of having the Spirit are seen in Corinthians as praying and prophesying. If the leadership (husband, or head of the wife) has used a false covering, we as the wife (congregation) must remain as if shaven, or void of the anointing (hair). It remains very clear, the congregation must remain silent, yet they are the ones losing in this. For this reason Paul rebukes the carnal Corinthian leadership, telling them the congregation must remain silent as under the Law. Why? The Corinthian leadership had separated themselves from Christ, they are yet carnal, and act as mere men. The Law of  Moses was designed for carnal minded people, since it has carnal ordinances. If the carnal mind cannot understand spiritual matters, how then can they follow the Law of the Spirit? They can’t, that was the point. They misused the authority granted, limiting the congregation, but is it right? No, should not the Woman have long flowing hair? Sure, but if her head is the husband, who then should have the hair? If the man by nature should have short hair, and his head is Christ, who then is suppose to have the short hair?

Paul ends his teaching by saying, "I praise you not, that you come together not for better, but for the worse" (I Cor 11:17). This is still connected to the prior verses, thus we're not talking about the husband and wife as genders, but about Authority. Back in First Corinthians 10 Paul talked about the Cup and Bread, then when we get to 11:20 he goes right back to the Cup and Bread. Order is found in Communion, that place of remembrance, repentance and restoration. The cure for out of order Authority is found at the Table of the Lord, a lesson in and of itself.

This concept of the Body in Unity without hindrances is something Paul taught more than once, can the hand say, "because I'm not the foot" it is not of the Body? No, can the eye say, "I don't like the hand, thus it's not of the Body"? No, Jesus put us in the Body as He sees fit, it’s His Body, but there are responsibilities for those of us in the Body. The Leadership gift is known by us as the Greek word "Doma", and the Doma gift is not Grace, rather the Offices are presents to the Body, sent to assist those who are in the Body. The five fold ministry cannot save, it was not designed to, rather the Authority is specific (Eph 4:11-12). However, if one of those leaders places some self-importance, the Law of Moses, fables, carnal endeavors, personal agendas lacking Godly authority, or some other hindrance between their head (Christ), and God, they have put the yoke right back on the Neck, placing undue burdens on the shoulders. The Yoke restricts flow, it’s anything not conducive to the nature of Christ.

An understanding of the differences between Authority and Power helps us in our quest to be all Jesus said we can be. We may hear, “go”, and run out the door, failing to hear, “Tarry”. It’s the Power that backs up the Authority, but the Authority that gives the Power full operational ability. Selah.

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