WBS-007 1 How to Spoil the Devil’s Plan Know Your Authority - Part 1. I. What is Authority? A. Legal Authority is based upon Rights given by written laws, Enforced by the Power of the courts, Backed by the status of the name of the government. II. History of Authority and Power on the Earth A. Adam. 1. God gave Adam authority on the earth (Adam was ‘god’ of this world). 2. Disobeyed God, gave Satan his allegiance, died spiritually (Gen 2:17), forfeited his authority to Satan and came under Satan’s rule. B. Satan: 1. Power: god of this world over those who live in this world. 2Cor 4:3-4 2. Authority: had ‘keys’ to death & hell for all who sin. (Gen 2:17, Lk 12:5). C. Jesus: 1. Disarmed Satan of Power & made him an open, mocking ‘show’. Col 2:15. 2. Stripped Satan of Authority by taking his ‘keys’. Rev 1:18. This means He: a. revoked S’s authority to impart spiritual death (key of death). Heb 2:14. b. destroyed S’s works–inc. authority to cast into hell (key of hell). 1Jn 3:8. 3. Received all authority in heaven and earth. Mt 28:18, Eph 1:22. 4. Received a Name with a status above every other name. Phil 2:9. D. Christians: 1. Jesus then gave Christians His Power, Authority, and Name to carry out His work on the earth. 2Cor 4:4, MK 28:19, Mk 16:17-18, Jn 16:23, Jn 14:12. 2. Christian Authority is based on Rights given by the written Word, Enforced by Power of the Holy Spirit & Backed up by the status of the Name of Jesus. WBS-007 2 HOMEWORK WBS-007 ___. At one time Adam had authority in & over the earth. If so, Why?______. ___. In effect, Adam was ‘god’ of (in charge of and responsible for) this world. ___. When Adam disobeyed God and obeyed Satan, he turned his allegiance from God to Satan and forfeited his authority to Satan. The day Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree, they d_____ s___________ They also took upon themselves the nature of Satan which is s_____ d_____. ___. Today Satan is god of this world & has authority over everyone on earth. Jesus received all authority in _____ and ____after His resurrection. Mt28:18. Then He gave His authority on e_______________ to C________________. Jesus gave Christians authority on the earth in the s_____________ realm. ___. Satan and his demons live in the spiritual realm on the earth. ___. So Christians have authority over Satan and all his demons. ___. The Power source backing up the Christian’s authority is the Holy Spirit. ________ has a _________ above every _________________. Phil 2:9. Jesus gave C ______________ the r___________ to use His n____________. ___Christian Authority is based on Rights given by the written Word, Enforced by Power of the Holy Spirit & Backed up by the status of the Name of Jesus. *BONUS QUESTIONS* Name 4 ways Christians can use Jesus Name. ________________ , _______________, ________________ (Mk 16:17,18) __________________________________________________ (Jn 16:23) Name 3 ways Jesus defeated Satan after Jesus died for us. Hint: Col 2:15, Rev 1:18, Heb 2:14, 1Jn 3:8. ____________________, ____________________, ____________________. Give an example of someone who has authority, but little power. __________. Give an example of someone who has both authority and power. __________. Give an example of someone who has a little power, but no authority. ______.
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