By what authority

Reading: Matthew 21:23-27

They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” – Acts 4:7 (NIV)

It is sometimes too easy to forget that as children of God, we have power from on high, and we have authority to use that power–in fact, we are commanded to use it! Let us not allow ourselves to be intimidated by other people’s unbelief. He who is in us is much, much greater.

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Plaque with Saints Peter and John Healing the Lame Man by the Walters Art Museum under CC0

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:15-18 (NIV)
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Luke 24:46-49 (NIV)
He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

John 20:21-22 (NIV)
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit….”

Acts 3:6 (NIV)
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

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St Peter at the Beautiful Gate by Max Ainmuller, c.1855 at Peterhouse College Chapel, Cambridge.  By Lawrence OP, under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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