Kingdom Disciples – Part Two

God is Sovereign, and the earth and everything in it belong to Him. He reigns over all things (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 103:19; Colossians 1:16, 17). After He created the earth, He gave the dominion of the earth to man (Genesis 1:26-28). When Adam sinned, he gave the authority of the earth to Satan (Luke 4:5-7), but Jesus got it back for us through His death and resurrection (Jeremiah 33:14-22; Acts 13:22, 23; Matthew 28:18). Then, He left us in charge of it! He is the Head, and we are His body, which is the church (Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; Ephesians 1:22, 23). We need to have a revelation of what it means to be the body of Christ! We have become the occupation of God on the earth. We are both a spiritual body and a physical body. As the body of Christ, we are to advance His Kingdom.

The kingdom of God was established on earth when Jesus came into the world (Matthew 3:2; John 1:29). Jesus came with God’s authority (John 17:1, 2; Matthew 11:27). What is the definition of authority? Authority is the legal right to use power. In other words, authority delegates power. Jesus spoke the Word, and He worked the works of God. Jesus did nothing of Himself, but only what He saw the Father do (John 5:18-20; 8:28).

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38 (NKJV)

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:9, 10 (NKJV)

The authority of Jesus is over all the power of the enemy, i.e., sickness and disease, death, poverty and lack, famine and drought, disasters, evil, and bondage, etc.

Jesus transferred His authority to us (Luke 10:19) and gave us a commission. He has given us His power to advance His Kingdom. Our responsibility is to be disciples and disciple-makers. He has delegated His authority to us to work on His behalf to bring heavens answers to earth. Authority has been given to us because we are in Christ. We received this authority when we became born-again. We received it by grace through faith because the kingdom of God works by faith (Hebrews 11:6). Believing is the key to everything in the kingdom of God, and It’s the way to tap into the power of God (Mark 11:22-24).

What is power? It is the ability to do something or influence behavior. It is what is needed to get the job done! Satan was stripped of all his authority because Jesus has it all (Matthew 28:18), but Satan still has power (Ephesians 2:2). However, he is not more powerful than the Holy Spirit who dwells within us (1 John 4:4) and who gives us His power. This power is the same resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11).

So, Satan tries to trick us into giving him authority over our lives, our families, our cities, and our nations. Our purpose is to destroy the works of the devil as an extension of Christ’s mission (1 John 3:8). Jesus has already achieved victory over Satan and the enemy. Our role as His disciples is to enforce that victory and to occupy until He comes back to establish His kingdom (Luke 19:13; Hebrews 10:13; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, 50-58; Revelation 20). Until then, we still walk in a world dominated by the devil and his forces. That is why God needs someone to partner with Him to bring His Kingdom to the earth. The power, authority, and dominion of God are in us because the Kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21).

We have God-given authority over the devil and his demonic forces through Jesus Christ because Jesus defeated him for us (1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 12:11). We have been given all spiritual blessings in Him through His death on the cross, His resurrection, and ascension. He is seated at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him (1 Peter 3:22), which is His position of authority. We were raised with Christ and seated with Him at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), which is our position in Christ, and the source of our authority. Therefore, the enemy is under our feet too!

When we are under Christ’s rule, we are under a new kingdom, the kingdom of God, where God reigns supreme, and Christ is King. We enter the kingdom at salvation (John 3:3). Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom but those that do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21-23). We no longer belong to the domain Satan rules – the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13). God’s kingdom is the kingdom of light, and God the Father has made us partakers of it through Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:11-22). When we choose to follow Jesus, that is when we truly live. We must then learn who we are in Christ: our identity, inheritance, and position in Him.

We are a partaker of Christ’s throne and the authority His throne represents. We exercise jurisdiction over powers of the air and the conditions they have brought on the earth. The church will unseat these demonic forces in the heavenly’s, and we are to rule in their place. But having been given and knowing we have authority does no good unless we use it! We have the authority to use power supplied by the Holy Spirit or the anointing to give us victory over the enemy. Christ means the Anointed One and His anointing.

When Jesus gave His disciples the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28: 19, 20), He knew that they couldn’t fulfill it in their power. So, He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they received the power from on high or the Holy Spirit upon them (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:5, 8). We have this power available to us, too, through the baptism with the Holy Spirit when He comes upon us as believers. We receive power from on high for ministry (Acts 1:8), i.e., to share the gospel; for healing, deliverance, provision, etc. The anointing destroys all yokes of bondage and removes burdens (Isaiah 10:27)! We need the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit to go out for ministry just like Jesus, and His disciples did! Holy Spirit also gives gifts which He gives as He wills to profit all (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).

We are equipped to face the power of the enemy with greater power to defeat him (Romans 8:11; 1 John 4:4). Our weapons include the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11), the blood of Jesus (Revelation 12:11), the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20, 27; 2 Corinthians 1:21), putting on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), binding and loosing and the power of agreement (Matthew 18:18-20). We have been given the keys to the kingdom (Matthew 16:19)! When we use the name of Jesus in faith, we exercise authority over the devil. Jesus’s name is above all others and a powerful weapon! We also have His angels that are ministering spirits sent to assist us and carry out God’s Word. (Psalm 103:20; 104:4; Hebrews 1:14).

Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9 – 11 (NKJV)

We have been equipped and commanded to go! We enforce the victory of Jesus Christ to bring the kingdom of God into the earth to accomplish His purpose. First, we are to make disciples of all the nations by sharing the good news of what Christ accomplished on the cross through His death and resurrection, i.e., preaching the gospel (Mark 16:19), which is called evangelism. We are dependent upon the Holy Spirit’s power (Acts 1:8). People must be born from above into the kingdom (John 3:3, 5, 6; 1 Corinthians 15:50) before they can grow into disciples in the kingdom. 

The second step is to baptize them after they receive the gospel (Romans 6:3, 4). When we put our faith and trust in Christ, we become identified with Him (Galatians 2:20) and what He has done for us. This ordinance of water baptism is our testimony to this inward change. We are citizens of a new kingdom (Colossians 1:13), and our identity is to be in line with our new King, Jesus. Thirdly, we are to teach people biblical truths. But not just knowledge but how to apply it in their lives by faith and obedience to the Word. It’s a process of spiritual development.

In Mark’s gospel, Jesus gives us further insight into what a believer does to bring the kingdom of God into the earth through them.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15 – 18 (NKJV)

These signs indicate the kingdom of God has arrived, and the dominion of the King is released. Jesus made it clear that the kingdom of God had come upon them when He cast out demons (Matthew 12: 27, 28). 

 Unless you’re committed to becoming a kingdom disciple, you will not experience kingdom authority. His promise is to disciples and disciple-makers to be with them always to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Jesus gives us kingdom authority based on our degree of discipleship. He does not share His rule with all believers equally because He knows what is in our hearts (John 2:23-25). If we’re not trustworthy, our authority will be limited. We must give God everything we have to receive all that He has to provide us with, surrendered to Him. We can’t be committed to Him and the world (Romans 12:2; James 4:4; Mathew 6:24). We can’t love God and love this world (1 John 2:15-17). We can only experience God’s abundance and power to bring us personal victory when we live according to His kingdom and walk in the Spirit.

Do you need to make some changes to align yourself with God’s plans and purposes for your life and His Kingdom? Choose to live fully engaged and make every moment count for God and His Kingdom purposes. Jesus said that He would build the church, and the gates of hell won’t prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Also, since John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12, Luke 16:16).

Don’t say NO to God when He says GO. Don’t be afraid to go and possess the land and advance His Kingdom for His glory! (2 Timothy 1:7).

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2 (NKJV)

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