From the New Testament, we find exceeding great and precious promises that have been given to us to know, to believe and then walk in. Todays scripture is such a word.
The Father loves the Son and has given all things in his hands.
Jesus in John chapter 17 says, “I have given them the glory you gave them so they may be one as we are one... and that the world will know you love them as much as you love me.” From Matthews gospel we know the authority given to Jesus has been committed to His disciples for the purpose of extending His Kingdom and doing His work. This is a finished work. All things have been given into His hands.
From Ephesians we understand that Christ is the head of his body the church. “..seatedwith him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.“ Ephesians 1:20-23
His body operates in His authority on earth. We as members of His Body, (his hands, His feet) to bring His government and extend His rule here and now on earth as it is in Heaven.
The Father loves the son and not only has he given all things into his hands, He (the Father) shows him (the Son) what he is doing. John 5:20
2 Peter 1:3 tells us his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness... Jesus’ own testimony is that He has come to give life and life more abundantly. What do we have that has not been given to us to do the greater works required in service to our Lord and King?
Jesus has (past tense) destroyed the power of the devil in every area of life - spirit, soul and body. Telling his disciples in Luke’s gospel, chapter ten, that their ability to cast out devils was just a tool, a resource to do the greater works of salvation in others, the cause for all true rejoicing. Living with the awareness that we are the embodiment of Christ’s authority today will direct the kind of action we take in all situations. Christ in us, the hope of glory for the purpose of exercising His government on this earth in our lives and for others.
A side thought ~ Authority carries responsibility and must be exercised through and by the love of God. Without the motivation of love in all we do there can be no true righteousness in the act.