True Power

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death―that is, the devil―and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

When I was a teen and part of the youth group at the different churches my dad pastored, we often had “get-togethers” at our house. We would enjoy the refreshments prepared by inner-power1my mom and dad and do what teens do best―talk. Eventually Dad would gather us around him in the living room and lead us in some games.

Dad’s favorite game was “Power”. The idea was this; Dad would stand in the middle of the room and say, “Power, power, whose got the power or thinks he has the power let them get up leave the room.” Then he would stand in complete silence. Eventually, someone would stir and start to leave the room. “You don’t have the power,” he would say and the perplexed teenager would head back to his seat amid the giggles of the rest of us.

Someone else would start for the door and Dad would stop them. “You don’t have the power either,” he would declare through a sheepish grin. Eventually he would let someone leave. When this power-seeker was out of view, Dad would shake the hand of one of us. He would then call him back into the room. This youngster would then try to guess whose hand Dad shook. It was always fun, especially when someone figured out the trick and came back in the room smiling and pointed to the person with whom my Dad shook hands. He would look at them proudly and say, “You’ve got the power!”

We would play another round and then another until everyone either figured it out or was told how the trick worked.

That was great fun back then, but the Christian life is anything but a game. If we would walk triumphantly through this sick, fallen world we must understand the true power that’s at our disposal.

The Greek word for “destroy” in Hebrews 2:14 literally means to “to reduce to inactivity”.[1] Jesus said, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” (John 12:31) Notice, Jesus said “Now,” not some time in the distant future, but “Now is the time…”

1 John 3:8 uses the same Greek word for destroy.

He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy [to reduce to inactivity] the devil’s work.

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man [Adam], how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.

For just as through the disobedience of the one man [Adam] the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man [Jesus] the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:15-19)

And having disarmed the powers and authorities [Satan and his demonic forces], he [Jesus] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:15)

Jesus came to take the power out of Satan’s schemes. He pulled the plug on him and stripped him of the authority that Adam relinquished to him. The satanic forces are much like the Nazis in World War II. Most historians agree that, for all intents and purposes, Germany was defeated on June the 6th 1944—D-Day. This was some 3 years before Germany and Japan actually surrendered, but the Normandy invasion by the allied troops marked the end of fascism in Europe. Yes, the Germans and Japanese continued to fight and wage war but the beginning of the end of their threat of world domination took place that day. In the same way, Satan’s threat of world domination ended at the cross. Furthermore it was finalized on that first Easter morning when Jesus rose from the dead successfully conquering death, Hell and the grave.

Therefore, the Church is currently an occupying army standing on the neck of a defeated enemy, while she advances the mighty Kingdom of God through the preaching of the Gospel and the discipling of nations.

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” —Jesus (Luke 10:19)

Satan has absolutely no authority over the believer. The only authority he has is what we give him. Jesus forced Satan to his knees. (Revelation 1:18) He stripped Satan of all power and dominion. Jesus then gave it back to the decedents of Adam. That’s why he could declare to his disciples, “I have given you authority over the power of the enemy.” There are two different Greek words used in this passage that’s translated power or authority. Yet, the KJV uses the same English word for both of them― power. The first word means “authority”― the right to exercise authority. The second word is “power”— the “ability” to enforce authority.

So, in the literal Greek Jesus is saying, “I have given you authority to advance by trampling over snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the ability of the enemy.” In fact, the only weapon that Satan has left is deception. He must deceive us into conceding defeat to him. However, God’s Word clearly asserts that “…we are more than conquers through Christ!” (Romans 8:37) Wow! Now, that’s what I call true power!

True power, my friend, is found only in Christ and comes to those who are sold-out to him. So, is you’re tired of living a defeated, demoralized life turn it over to Jesus. True power is available. So, why not go for it?

Extra, extra read all about it
Satan lost the war and no doubt it works
This holy power and it’s ours to devour foes
Who come against us ’cause it sends us out
And strong in the spirit
This generation needs to hear it now
And demonstrate with God’s power [2]

[1] Vines Expository Dictionary Of Old And New Testament Words Thomas Nelson (August 26, 1996)

[2] People Of God by Carman from his album, Mission 3:16

 

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