Luk 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you POWER TO TREAD on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
“POWER/AUTHORITY” from the greek - “exousia”
1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases. a) leave or permission 2) physical and mental power a) the ability or strength with which one is indued, which he either possesses or exercises 3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege) 4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed) a) universally.
From VINES – Authority:
denotes “authority” (from the impersonal verb exesti, “it is lawful”). From the meaning of “leave or permission,” or liberty of doing as one pleases, it passed to that of “the ability or strength with which one is endued,” then to that of the “power of authority,” the right to exercise power, e.g., Mat 9:6; Mat 21:23; 2 Cor 10:8; or “the power of rule or government,” the power of one whose will and commands must be obeyed by others, e.g., Mat 28:18; Jhn 17:2; Jud 1:25; Rev 12:10; 17:13; more specifically of apostolic “authority,” 2Cor 10:8; 13:10; the “power” of judicial decision, Jhn 19:10; of “managing domestic affairs,” Mar 13:34. By metonymy, or name-change (the substitution of a suggestive word for the name of the thing meant), it stands for “that which is subject to authority or rule,” Luk 4:6 (RV, “authority,” for the AV “power”); or, as with the English “authority,” “one who possesses authority, a ruler, magistrate,” Rom 13:1-3; Luk 12:11; Tts 3:1; or “a spiritual potentate,” e.g., Eph 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10, 15; 1Pe 3:22. The RV usually translates it “authority.”
Exousia first denotes “freedom to act” and then “authority for the action.” This is first true of God, Act 1:7. It was exercised by the Son of God, as from, and in conjunction with, the Father when the Lord was upon earth, in the days of His flesh, Mat 9:6; Jhn 10:18, as well as in resurrection, Mat 28:18; Jhn 17:2. All others hold their freedom to act from God (though some of them have abused it), whether angels, Eph 1:21, or human potentates, Rom 13:1. Satan offered to delegate his authority over earthly kingdoms to Christ, Luk 4:6, who, though conscious of His “right” to it, refused, awaiting the Divinely appointed time.
to TREAD – “pateō”
1) to tread a) to trample, crush with the feet b) to advance by setting foot upon, tread upon: to encounter successfully the greatest perils from the machinations and persecutions with which Satan would fain thwart the preaching of the gospel c) to tread under foot, trample on, i.e. to treat with insult and contempt.
“over all the power of the enemy” – The word “power” of the enemy here is the greek word translated dynamis
1) strength power, ability a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth b) power for performing miracles c) moral power and excellence of soul d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth e) power and resources arising from numbers f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts
Vines Note: Dunamis, “power,” is to be distinguished from exousia, “the right to exercise power.”
The reader should well be aware that Jesus alone now had all power and the RIGHT to EXERCISE POWER – Mat 28:18. He has also transfered this AUTHORITY to HIS disciples. When we read Luke 10:19, Jesus gave His authority to His disciples as He sent them out to preach God’s Kingdom and to announce Jesus as He was preparing to visit those cities of Israel.
I believe that Jesus is willing to give His authority to anyone who has believed Jesus’ message, has been baptised as instucted, and practices Jesus’ words. The key hear is that He gave the “Power” (Authority to RULE demons and evil spirits) to HIS DISCIPLES. This whole site is about discipleship. Follow Jesus. Jesus is the Way. We should follow Him in it. To be a disciple is to seek to learn fromt he MASTER JESUS. HE alone walked the prefect path with GOD and was pleasing to GOD in all things.
Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. Jesus is the Annointed ONE. Jesus ALONE is the One Annointed with the OIL OF GOD – the HOLY SPIRIT (Who is GOD) without limitation. The Holy Spirit is the Power of GOD that made the Universe and all life. That Power is given to Jesus forever – He is the Annointed One Forever! Jesus is Annointed to RULE all things under the Father God.
Jesus Said in John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
I Corinthians 1:20 “For however many are the promises of God, in Him(Jesus Christ) is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen – So Be It,” to the glory of God through us.”
We are not here to rule the world (thank God for that!). Only Jesus now has the right to rule the world and He will not be taking that position until the Father allows Him to return to earth with the Armies of God and the Holy Saints. So we are not to be involved in trying to take over governments or anything like that. We as followers of Jesus are all about The Kingdom of God – the Kingdom of Heaven – not the kingdoms of earth.
But we are here to do the works of the Kingdom of God and of His Christ – Jesus. We are to destroy the works of the devil – who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We are to preach the Good News of God’s Salvation and The message of Jesus. If satanic powers try to interfer, we have authority over them in Jesus’ name, because Jesus now possesses All Authority (The Right to Rule). Therefore, we are to engage in His business, the business of trying to bring people back to God through Jesus – John 3:16.
We are continuing the works of JESUS. JESUS came to SAVE mens lives NOT Destroy them!!! Jesus set people free from the bondage of the devil’s slavery. Bless People and DO NOT CURSE.
Isaiah 61:1 ” The SPIRIT of the LORD GOD is upon Me (Jesus) because the Lord has annointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; ”
* ”You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.” (Mark 10:42-44)
In the world, greatness is measured by how much weight you can throw around, or how many people you can order about, or how much rank you can pull. But Jesus turned that on its head. The great ones are not those who know how to “lord it” over others, but those who know how to become the servant—the slave! —of all. This kind of servanthood is not so we can one day become great leaders and put aside the role of being a servant. Quite the contrary, this kind of servanthood exactly defines what a great leader is—the servant of all. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
It is the very nature of Jesus to give and to serve, for Jesus is truly God, and “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and it is the very nature of love to give. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
In doing the Father’s will, Jesus demonstrated the Father’s love, giving His own life as a ransom for us—paying a terrible price He did not owe to redeem us from a debt we could never pay.