Luke 7:8 “For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go and he goeth and to another, Come and he cometh and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.”

The centurion showed us one of the reasons why he knew that things would listen to Jesus. He said he is a man under authority and by inference Jesus was also a man under authority.

The word authority here is the Greek word “exousia”, which means delegated influence or power. Power has different forms and meanings in the Greek of which authority is one.

The English watered down the word power and does not make clear cut differences unlike in the Greek. The difference between Power and Authority is very wide and mastering it will help us take our rightful place as believers. We must understand that God gave us authority not power.

Authority is one thing and power is quite another. POWER: in the Greek is the word “dunamis” from which we get our word for dynamite. It means energetic power, explosive power, or a demonstrative power.

AUTHORITY: on the other hand is a completely different word in the Greek “exousia”.

I read an explanation that clearly defines the difference, permit me to share it with you:

A policeman cannot say that he has power (dunamis) to stop traffic. He would have to be incredibly strong to stop even the smallest of cars by his own strength. Though he has not the physical, private or personal strength to stop traffic, he is given authority under the law to commandeer traffic. He can literally stop traffic by his power (exousia), that is his right and authority. (Courtesy Terry Eckersley)

Authority means right, privilege given to someone by another. It refers not to raw power but to position!

Authority is the right to command, that is, the right or power to enforce rules or give orders. It also talks about the holder of such power. It is the power to act on behalf of somebody else, or official permission to do something.

To be continued…

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