Exousia is the Greek word for authority. From ancient times it meant the “ability to perform an action.” It meant that nothing could prevent the exercise of the dunamis empowering the authority. That relates to the purpose Jesus has for his ALL authority. It’s the extension of the message his birth forecast; the extension of what his entire ministry foretold; the extension everywhere on earth of the forgiveness of sin Christ’s death provided and his resurrection empowered.
That’s what Jesus does with his ALL authority, the highest possible use of dominion! What would we do with ALL authority? What have others with a secular world-view done with their claimed authority? Made money, grew a reputation, fashioned inventions, made war, declared hostility to various ethno. Only Jesus Christ, of all historic personalities, declares his ALL authority has the specifically sole purpose of reconciling the world to God! Not for a specific historical period does he reign, with partial authority. But his ALL authority continues forever, worlds without end.
That’s also Christ’s command to his people in every generation, including ours; to every Christian, including us. We’re his ambassadors to those lost in sin and without hope, including every person of accountable age. Jesus has potentially saved everyone ever to live by his single sacrifice. But his declared, baptized disciples are responsible for sharing that message to those outside his grace.
That’s the Christian’s every pleasure. As Jesus filled our vessels of clay with his Spirit, we devote ourselves as his witnesses to our generation. Amen
At the end of his earthly life, as in his nativity, and throughout his daily ministry, Jesus remained true to the purpose of his coming: he came as Savior to SAVE people from sin. To be his authentic disciples we must prioritize his emphasis.
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