We’ve been looking at the concept of authority in the book of Romans. So far I’ve talked about the chains of authority as seen in our society. However, there’s a spiritual side to this as well.
Last time, we left of in this verse of Paul’s letter to the Roman church. He is talking about the person in the position of authority.
For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
This verse contains a deep spiritual truth that we often miss because we usually apply this only in the natural. Think about what the apostle is saying here.
He’s talking about those who have been given authority by God. Have you been given authority from God? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!!!”
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Because of the work of Christ on the cross, we have authority over all of the enemy’s kingdom. We don’t have to fear them.
Another question to ask yourself is; are you God’s servant to do good to those around you? Again, the answer to that one should be a “yes.” We are all God’s servants, if we’re in Christ.
But, now we get to the important phrase; he does not bear the sword for nothing. Do you have a sword? That’s the big question.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We definitely have access to a sword. However, are we using it? Why has God given us the ability to take up this weapon?
God has given us the sword of the spirit. It’s the rhema-word of God. That requires us to be listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit.
The fact is, if you’re in Christ, then you are God’s servant. You’re in a position of authority. You have not been given the sword of the spirit simply for show. There’s a divine purpose for it.
As God’s people we’ve been given the assignment to clean things up spiritually. It’s just like in the old western movies where the Texas Ranger arrives at a lawless frontier town. Everything gets put in order.
We’re supposed to be wreaking havoc on the enemies’ turf. Isn’t that what the Lord told His disciples?
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
The gates of hell should not be prevailing against us. Where are the gates of hell? They surround the enemy’s strongholds. This verse is a call for us to walk in the offensive power of the spirit.
Unfortunately, many Christians bear the sword for no reason. Actually, a large number of us don’t ever pick it up.
According to the verse in Romans, we’re literally called punishers. Our goal should be to bring down God’s wrath upon the enemy’s spiritual kingdom right now. We should be putting fear into the hearts of demonic forces around the world.
But, that will require us to spend quality time in the Holy Spirit’s presence. It’s all about prayer in the spirit, meditation on God’s Word, and obedience to His voice. The body of Christ, in our generation, needs to wake up to this truth.
Question: How do you view God’s authority operating through you?
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