Power in the Church

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on February 26, 2012
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1Peter 3:18-22 Jesus’ spiritual resurrected life enables him to have power and authority greater than anyone else in the entire universe with the exception of Almighty God.

Colossians 1:18-20
Jesus made right everything that was wrong in heaven and earth.

Ephesians 1:19- 2:6
Christ is seated at the right hand of God, so then we too must be in this same place, which indicates access to the same kind of power and authority!
Colossians 1:13 and 14

Matthew 10:1, 7 and 8; Luke 10:17-20
- When Jesus was in his earthy ministry, he gave power and authority to both the 12 apostles and the 70 disciples. They were clearly taught that the power they operated with him was not a temporary happenstance but rather a type for what they could continue to do, even after he was gone.

Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:5 and 8
The Church has been given incredible power and authority to partner with Christ to accomplish the will of God on earth.

John 20:21-23
On the day of Pentecost, immediately following the ascension of Christ, the holy spirit was indeed poured out for the first time.

Matthew 16:19; 18:18
Jesus confirmed their partnership with him. In essence he was saying, “I will stand with you and support your endeavors.”

John 14:12
- When we consider how impotent many in the Church are today, it is hard to envision that the words of our Lord pertain to us. Because of this lack, many declare that the power and authority Jesus spoke of was for the first-century Church only.

The problem is twofold: we are ignorant of the power and authority that is ours, and/or we fail to use our God-given authority. Knowledge without authority is useless as is authority without knowledge. We need both to walk as our Lord instructed.

Revelation 3:14-22
Wake up to the power!

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