The Bible tells us that we are no more citizens of this world. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). We belong to our sovereign King, and His name is Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords.
How, then, are we to live and represent our King? …
The Lord Jesus left us with a clear picture of His desires for our generation. We know from Scripture exactly what He wants us to be doing and that He wants the world to see His life in us. Not only do we have the Holy Spirit to enable us to live this life, we also have Christ’s example for us recorded in the Gospels and in the lives of His apostles and disciples in the book of Acts.
Christ wants us to move in the same mysterious authority and power that surrounded His earthly ministry. In Matthew 7:29 we read, “For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” He confounded the best academics and theologians of His day—as well as kings and rulers of all sorts.
From the beginning of the Church, we see this same quality reproduced among the apostles. In Acts 4, Peter and John were dragged before the Sanhedrin—the most powerful religious court in Israel—and were questioned about where they had received authority and power to heal a crippled man.
In verse 10, Peter, in the power of the Holy Spirit, boldly replied, “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.”
In verse 13 we read, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”…
By this they knew that these less-educated fishermen had been with Jesus: The same life and energy that blazed from the Galilean they had arrested and killed was alive again in these disciples. The articles you read in this newsletter recount events that happened because national missionaries are walking in that same authority given by Jesus. This Christ-life, lived by the apostles and by our brothers and sisters in Asia, is meant for you and me too. May God continue to fill us with His life.
Some of this material appeared on K.P. Yohannan’s blog on June 18, 2020. You can find the entire post at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/kpyohannan/2020/06/living-in-the-power-and-authority-of-our-king-jesus/ .