Pray that the saints would see the position and the authority of the church as the Body of Christ, realizing that the position of the church is exactly the same as that of Christ, and claim and utilize this authority to tread over all the power of the enemy—1 Cor. 12:27; Matt. 28:18b-19a; Luke 10:19.
1 Cor. 12:27—Now you are the Body of Christ, and members individually.
Matt. 28:18b–19a—All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and disciple all the nations…
Luke 10:19—Behold, I have given you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
The first main point is the ascension of Christ; the second main point is the position of the church as the Body of Christ. Because the church is the Body of Christ, the position of the church is exactly the same as that of Christ. Wherever the Head is, the Body also must be. Whatever the Head has, the Body also must have. In addition, we need to realize that we are members of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30). Since the Body is identified with the Head, the position of the Body is exactly the same as that of the Head.
The third main point…concerns the authority of the Body…The authority of the Body is the authority of the Head exercised by the Body. Thus, the authority of the Body is the authority of the Head…Although the Body has this authority, this authority…must be assumed and exercised by the Body. To assume something means to take something upon oneself. As the church, the Body of Christ, we need to assume the authority of Christ.
After His resurrection the Lord told the disciples that all authority in heaven and on earth had been given to Him. Then He commanded them to preach the glad tidings to all the nations. The Lord said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and disciple all the nations” (Matt. 28:18b-19a).
Having received all authority, the Lord commanded us to go with this authority and preach the gospel…The Lord also told us clearly that He has given us the authority to overcome the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). The enemy has power, but the Body has authority…We have this authority, but whether or not we exercise it is up to us. (CWWL, 1963, vol. 1, “Prayer on the Ground of Christ’s Ascension,” pp. 161-162)
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