The keys of the Kingdom: Authority

Matthew 8:5-13 “Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, Saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, dreadfully tormented.”   And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”  The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.  “For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!   “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”

This man had been appointed by the Roman government and he knew that when he gave a command it would be obeyed because he had the backing of Rome!
He also recognised that Jesus had an incredible authority and all that Jesus need to do was to speak a word and what He said would happen!
All authority has been given to Jesus!
Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Jesus has delegated to us incredible authority!
Matthew 10:1 “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them POWER [the Greek word is exousia, meaning AUTHORITY]  over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. 

Matthew 10:8  “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

Authority reveals itself through BOLDNESS!

Acts 4:13 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.
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 9:29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.
Acts 14:3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

A new wave of boldness and authority should break over God’s kingdom people! 
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