Scriptural References: Ephesians, chapters 1 & 2.
Welcome to another episode on this blog and I believe you would be greatly blessed. Kindly open your heart to receive of God Himself even as you read through this awesome piece.
First, I want you to know that the fact that something is not known, seen or felt does not mean that it does not exist. It simply does mean it has not been brought to one’s notice or consciousness. 2 Cor. 4:18-19. So, we would, by the help of the Holy Spirit, go through this study, unveiling our faces and mind and revealing ourselves in Christ.
Before we go in-depth, I would like to let us understand in whom this right and authority is effected. The topic we are considering says “Believer’s rights and authority in Christ”. “In Christ” is indicating a position and the position is being in Christ, being a believer. A believer is the one that has confessed Christ as the Lord and Savior and hence saved. In other words, the one that has received God’s saving Love – Jesus. John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10. (Check last Tuesday’s post on this blog for more details and how one can be a believer)
The knowledge of one’s position would help one to carry oneself well in the community. A king does not just walk about, he walks with the knowledge of his position – his place. Can you imagine the son of Donald Trump crying for what to put on or a certified fashion designer finding it difficult to sow a pair of trousers? That would never be! Is that not your response? That is how much positional reality in Christ Jesus should be dawned on believers, and even much more. This positioning was begun and perfected by God Himself in Christ Jesus, who translated us from the previous position into a new position. Col. 1:13. This new position is now the believer’s reality. Within the perimeter of this position is the believer’s rights and authority and all is because of the riches of God’s grace toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2 (KJV)
“(6) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
(7) that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
It is important to have the knowledge of this position and meditate on them. I want to recommend a book by Lewis Sperry Chafer titled “Salvation”. He highlighted some important points to note about the believer’s position in Christ that are worth sharing.
- These positions are not experienced, but are facts of the new life out of which precious experiences may grow. For example justification is not experienced but the joy and peace that occurs because of this fact will be.
- The Christian positions are not progressive. They do not grow or develop from a small beginning. They are as perfect and complete the instant they are inherited as they ever will be in the ages to come. For example, sonship does not grow, as an old man is no more a son of his father at his death than he was at the day of his birth.
- These positions are in no way related to human merit. They are made to stand on the unchanging Person and merit of the Son of God. The Christian is ‘accepted (now and forever) in the beloved.’
- Every position is eternal by its very nature. The consciousness and personal realization of these positions may vary with the daily walk of the believer, but the abiding facts of the new being are never subject to change in time or eternity.
- These positions are known only through divine revelation. They defy human imagination, and since they are not experienced, their reality can be entered into only by believing the Word of God. These eternal riches of grace are for the lowliest sinner who will only believe.
The above truths about believer’s position in Christ therefore characterize believer’s rights and authority.
A right is one’s entitlement or benefit or that which agrees or complies with justice. For instance, it is the right of a son to enjoy good education from his parent, and it would be unjust to deny him of that right. Authority on the other hand means power – that very “thing” one has as a “plus”.
Let’s check some scriptural references to these awesome rights and authority we have in Christ Jesus as we understand their meaning in the believer’s perspective.
These are spiritual blessings that are rightfully believer’s in Christ Jesus. They are redemptive realities and possessions of believers.
In Jesus Christ, believers:
- Are chosen, holy and blameless. Eph. 1:4.
- Are sons. Eph. 1:5.
- Are accepted. Eph. 1:6.
- Have redemption – forgiveness of sins. Eph. 1:7.
- Have obtained inheritance. Eph. 1:11.
- Are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Eph. 1:13.
- Have guaranteed inheritance. Eph. 1:14.
- Are made Alive. Eph. 2:1.
- Are loved. Eph. 2:4.
- Are in the same class of the heavenlies. Eph. 2:6.
- Have peace. Eph. 2:14.
- Are new creations. Eph. 2:15.
- Are brought near. Eph. 2: 13.
- Are friends. Eph. 2:15
- Are given access. Eph. 2:18.
It is worthwhile to add that these rights are numerous and clearly stated in the epistles. You can also carefully read the books of Colossians, Corinthians, Romans and Galatians among others to know these realities – believer’s rights. These rights are also well spelt out in the Old Testament when it is read with an unveiled face, that is, in Christ. 2Cor. 3:14-16.
This is the superiority or supremacy of Christ that is freely given to believers by virtue of being in Him. Believer’s authority is simply put as “our superiority” as head over all things. As a believer, our authority is the same as that of Christ over every form of darkness, for we have being translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
Jesus’ authority is our authority.
“(21) far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
(22) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
(23) which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Our Lord Jesus is far above all principality and power and dominion and He is head over all things to the church – believers. In other words, Christ’s authority in all of its dimensions and supremacy is for the believers.
Colossians 2 (KJV)
“(15) Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Believer’s authority is the triumphing authority of Christ a believer uses over every situation in life, in all life’s department as touching that believer. Christ authority is the believer’s authority.
Believers should always be conscious of their rights, without any sense of lowliness or mediocrity. A believer should exercise his authority as he journeys in this world, knowing fully well that many circumstances would challenge this authority. John 16:33. Let us keep this in mind, that as He is in heaven, so are we on earth. 1 John 4:17. When we know the things that have been freely given unto us, we would stand on our feet undefeated by devil’s schemes and plans. 1 Cor. 3:12. Glory to God who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies. Eph. 1:3. Hallelujah.
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