Written by Kenneth E. Hagin
"And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, "All power, authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore" (Matt. 28:18-19).
The authority on earth that is invested in the Name of Jesus Christ and was obtained by Him, through His overcoming Satan, was then delegated by Jesus Christ to the Church.
Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 28 after His death on the cross, after His burial, after His defeat of Satan in hell, after His resurrection, after His ascension with His own blood to the heavenly Holy of Holies, but just before His ascension to be seated at the right hand of the Father.
Jesus said that all authority in Heaven and on earth is given to Him. Then He immediately transferred this authority on earth to His Church, saying, "Go ye therefore."
Mark records that Jesus said at this same time, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18).
The authority in the Name of Jesus that is above every name has been given to the Church. It has been given to me. I have authority over all the power of the enemy.
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
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