Exousia - The Authority Of God

Exousia - The Authority Of God

Mark 1:21-22(NKJV) - Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

People know authority when they see it. Jesus didn't force anyone to listen to Him. People followed Him because they chose to. He inspired them with His words. They looked at Him then they looked at the scribes. They listened to Him then they listened to the scribes. There was no comparison. Goodbye scribes. Hello Jesus!

My father once taught me that a man with true authority doesn't always have to be the loudest. He doesn't always have to be the most qualified or even the most charismatic. He doesn't always have to intentionally draw attention to himself. He doesn't always have to force people to respect him. If he understands his authority his demeanor will show it. He will exude authority just by the way he carries himself and people will have no choice but to take notice. When he decides to speak, people will listen not because they have to but they want to.

Matthew 28:18(NKJV) - And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Jesus has ultimate authority and gives it to whomever He pleases. Have you ever seen someone in a higher position intimidated by a subordinate? How is that possible? I was taught that there are two types of people in authority. There are those who have positions and those who have influence. If a man without any influence has a position he has to exert his authority and demand that people follow him. If that man ever loses his position or people no longer report to him, he loses his authority because he has no influence of his own.

In contrast, people choose to follow a man with influence whether or not he has a position. He doesn't have to assert himself and demand anything. People just follow because they are inspired to follow. Therefore, if a man without a position has more influence than the man in the high position, it's easy for the higher ranking man to become intimidated. The scribes had positions of power but Jesus had influence. What do you have?

Welcome to Part 11 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue our study of the third dimension of God's power; Exousia which means "the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege), the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)." Click here for Part 10, "Why No Respect For God-Appointed Leadership?"

Exousia - The Authority Of God

Have you ever played the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors"? It's very simple. You count to three and then each person simultaneously makes one of the three hand signals. Depending on the combination of signals, one person can defeat another. One.. two... three... Paper covers rock. Rock crushes scissors. Scissors cuts paper.

Luke 10:19(KJV) - Behold, I give unto you power (Exousia) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (Dynamis) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

This verse deals with two types of power; Exousia and Dynamis. Exousia represents authority while Dynamis represents ability. One... two.....three... Exousia treads on Dynamis. That's right, authority trumps ability every time. Regardless of the ability of the enemy to disrupt things on the earth, his ability is no match for the authority of God.

Here's an illustration. Let's consider the relationship between a mother and a son. As a baby, the boy is helpless and depends solely on his parents for survival. At this stage, his ability is nothing. The mother has Dynamis power that the baby does not. Therefore, the baby has no option but to respect his mother. As a toddler, the son is still physically weaker than his mother. Therefore, the mother can exert Dynamis power over her son ensuring submission and respect.

However, things begin to change as he becomes an adolescent and grows into an adult. No longer can his mother physically dominate him because his Dynamis power will match and eventually surpass that of his mother. Hence, if the only power the mother had over her son was Dynamis he will no longer choose to respect her. However, if she has Exousia power it would not matter who is physically stronger. Her authority will trump his physical strength and he will have no choice but to respect her. As a result, Exousia will always tread on Dynamis.

Mark 3:14-15(NLT) - Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons.

How do you cast out demons? Do you overpower them? I think not. I've seen little demon possessed women operate in supernatural strength. On one occasion, standing only 4 ft tall, it took about five grown men to restrain one woman full of demons. This is not a game. Demon possessed people have been known to physically fly across rooms. They can pick up heavy objects and throw them. So please tell me, why will a demon listen to any of us? Are they scared of our strength? Nope! Yet, when we stand in the name of Jesus, we can cast them out. They may not respect our strength but they have to respect our authority.

Exousia - The Authority Of God

Acts 19:13-16(NKJV) - Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

One man overpowered seven men. Impossible! Maybe two men, but seven? Obviously, those demons had some serious power. Without the authority of the name of Jesus we have no chance against the devil. As these brothers found out, if you go toe to toe with evil spirits in your own strength you will end up getting a serious "beat down". If you have no authority, you have no chance.

Many people underestimate the forces of darkness because the people in The Bible made it look easy. As the saying goes, it's much easier said than done. If you want to learn more about the name of Jesus, you can review some earlier articles in this series. Feel free to read Part 4, "The Power Of The Name Of Jesus" and Part 5, "What Can The Name Of Jesus Do For You?"

Jude 1:8-9(NLT) - In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings. But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.)

Everyone might not get it yet but even the angels understand authority. Michael, the archangel of war, with all of his strength was careful not to address the devil without the authority of The Lord to back him up. Michael knew the power of the devil because at one point they were both archangels in heaven.

However, even though Lucifer got kicked out of heaven for leading a revolt against God he was still quite powerful. Especially after he deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Even and took their authority over the earth. Michael knew better than to try to use his Dynamis to fight the devil's Dynamis. He knew who he was up against and understood that only God's Exousia power could defeat the enemy's Dynamis power. The same will work for you.

We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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