What is spiritual authority?

9 02 2013

Spiritual authorityA pastor in a very large church once said to me in reference to his senior pastor, “He has so much spiritual authority.” After he had said this, I felt disturbed in my heart as I pondered on his statement. How was it possible that any person in-Christ, could have more “spiritual authority” bestowed upon them than another? Could this be possible?

In order to answer this question, we need to understand what is implied by the term “spiritual authority.” Although the term is not mentioned in the scriptures, it is used quite frequently in Christian circles. Just the other day a another pastor told me that because of his “spiritual authority,” people find it difficult to approach him and talk to him! Can you believe that?

Christ in us, in each and every new creation, has the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in them – Col 1:19, 2:9. Every believer is complete in Him, lacking nothing, for Christ is our life. This is true of authority as well.

2 Corinthians 3:5 (AMP) 5 Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.
The Authority of God is Christ.

Matthew 28:18 (AMP) 18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

Religion wants to invest authority in ecclesiastical leaders but Jesus said that, “All authority has been given unto Me.” Author¬ity (Greek word exousia) is derived “out of the Being” of the Person of the Lord Jesus, not out of positional placement of persons or propositional pronouncement. This is only possible as the “I AM” of The Presence of the Spirit of Christ functions with us and in us.



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