Today the world in which we live is full of much pain, sickness, corruption, selfishness and such. These are indeed the very days spoken of in 2Timothy 3:1-7. In the world we can expect things to continue on a downward spiral but the believer in Jesus Christ does not have to live a down life. God will not be without a voice and demonstration of His love and power during such a time as this. The answer God has purposed since the foundation of the world is THE CHURCH…the many members of the Body of Christ united and being led and empowered by the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says that all authority is given unto Him in heaven AND in earth. He leaves the earth promising to return at some future time. How is His authority to be demonstrated on earth in the interim? THROUGH HIS BODY! The salt of the earth and light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16). This is possible because Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, far above all other power and might, authority and dominion in heaven, in earth and under the earth.  (Ephesians 1:19-23; Philippians 2:10). This unlimited power over all authority is of God. God has instructed Jesus to be seated at His right hand until He makes the enemies of Jesus His footstool. (Hebrews 1:13) God is doing this work through those who have confessed Jesus as Lord and have become new creations in Christ who now live their lives cognizant that all things in their life are of God. We are no longer our own. We belong to God having been purchased by the blood of Christ and can now glorify God in our body and in our spirit which are His. (2Corinthians 5:17-19; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13; 1Corinthians 6:19-20; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:14)

How the will of God (salt) is done in the earth is through manifesting the Kingdom of God in the earth through faith in the Name of Jesus. (Acts 3:13-16; Philippians 2:13) The New Testament teaches this as “The Authority of the Believer”. A NT believer is one who is now born of God in righteousness and true holiness, recognizing that his old life has passed away and now ALL THINGS are of God. He knows by grace he is saved through faith and not of works. Instead he now manifests the works of Christ through faith in His Name.(Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 4:20-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; John 14:12)

What works are to be seen? (Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1-2, 9) Works which no man can do except God be with him. (John 3:2) The works Jesus did. (John 14:12; Acts 10:38) Why must we have works? Jesus did, that’s why. He said if you cannot believe My words, believe My works. (John 10:37-38; John 14:10-11)  When the Word of God is preached it MUST BE CONFIRMED AS PROOF THAT IT IS THE WORD OF GOD. (Mark 1619-20) No confirmation is just another dissertation to be intellectually accepted or rejected by the natural mind.

For the Church to be salt of the earth and light of the world we must SHOW AND TELL THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION. (Romans 1:16-17)

THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER IS THE NAME OF JESUS!  Only those who have the authorized right by being “in Christ” and are NOW in the Kingdom of God’s dear Son may use God’s power to enforce SPIRITUAL LAWS to demonstrate His power. (Acts 19:10-16) DO YOU?