WE REIGN AND RULE IN HIS NAME – PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:18-19).
In our opening scripture, Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” The word “power” here is the Greek “exousia”; it means authority. “All power,” not “some power,” has been given to Jesus, in heaven and in earth.
The Bible says in Colossians 2:15, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” When Jesus died, He didn’t ascend to heaven immediately; He had been made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), and had to go to hell on behalf of all men. When He got to hell, there was an actual combat between Jesus and the forces of darkness. The Bible says “…the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself, and boldly displayed them as His conquests…” (Colossians 2:15 WNT).
In hell, Jesus invaded Satan’s domain, whipped him and all his demons, and came out triumphantly from the grave. When He came out, He said to His disciples, “All hail!” (Matthew 28:9). It was a shout of victory, because He’d conquered Satan for us and given us dominion over the powers of darkness. Now, it doesn’t matter whatever hierarchy of demons exist, we’re superior to them; they’re under our feet.
No wonder He says, “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” (Luke 10:19). As we spread the message of Christ, taking the Gospel to the nations of the world, we ought to be conscious of our authority and dominion in Christ Jesus. We’re His ambassadors; we’re to keep reigning and ruling in His Name, making pupils of the nations, and filling the earth with the glory of His presence. Hallelujah!