HS WEEK #9: Authority in God’s Word

Pastor Dave Williams shared last week on Jesus’ Power over both demons and over physical sickness. Dave left us with the encouragement that our Authority comes from God’s Word.

Mark 1:21-33

21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. 29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Illness vs demon possession

  • Point #1 It is first important to note that not all sickness comes from demon possession.
  • Matthew 8:16-17 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.
  • I was told once when I had cancer that I was demon possessed. Sickness does not equal demon possession.
  • However, we do know that illnesses and disease were not apart of God’s plan for our life originally—sin introduced that.

Jesus vs. scribes

  • 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
  • Jesus wasn’t just a teacher or a scribe. It says here that he taught with authority. See the scribes, when they taught, only taught what they were taught, they didn’t have first hand knowledge of God but simply rules and regulations that they were to follow. Christ was God and so he could speak of himself.
  • This also gives us the opportunity to stop and remind ourselves that we too can speak with authority about Christ because of HIs spirit that is in us and the Word of God that has been given to us.
  • Point #2 Your authority comes form God’s word. 
  • 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him

Jesus has authority of Demons

  • Point #3 Jesus has authority over demons
  • Look what we see here. Not a struggle between good and evil. Not a battle between Satan and God but a one-sided and clear victor account.
  • God has authority over demons. It is not even close.
  • You may remember this verse from when you read James last year:
    James 2:19, “19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”
  • It isn’t a war that God is fighting against Satan.
  • What that also means for believers is that God now lives inside of you which means you have authority over demons as well. What that means is that you can’t be demon possessed.
  • Satan can attack you, tempt you but can not possess you. You are his!

Jesus has authority of sickness

  • Point #3 Jesus has authority over sickness
  • 29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
  • Sickness exists today because we are living in a dying world because of sin.
  • We were designed to live forever but because of sin our flesh is going to die. Now the cool thing is that we, who believe in Christ, will live eternally with him and receive new bodies that will never be impacted by sin again!
  • However, on this earth sickness is a thing that we will deal with.
  • Yet, the first thing we see is that Christ never got sick. He couldn’t have because he never sinned! The only person to walk this earth and never catch a cold!
  • We also see that the impact of sin on our flesh can be removed by Christ as well.
  • This is a sign of how Christ was going to stop sin from winning.
  • God has authority over sickness because God has authority over sin through dying on the cross for all sin.
  • Remember what Matthew 8:16-17 said, “17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.
  • Jesus has authority over satan because He is holy he has authority over sickness because he conquered sin!
  • However, God doesn’t always heal every sickness we have but he does save us from the final effects of sickness: which is sin. All we have to do is believe that Christ did come down and die on the cross for all of our sin and the effects of sin as well. That he rose from the grave and we too get to rise with him!

Christ-centered theology or man-centered

  • 32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
  • Look at verse 32. The city brought out all who were in great need. They knew that Christ was the answer for their physical lives yet they wouldn’t come to him during the day because they didn’t want to break the Sabbath.
  • Maybe they didn’t think God would honor someone’s request that broke the law instead of remembering that we are all lawbreakers.
  • Maybe they thought that if they did that one righteous act then God would honor their request.
  • Either way they waited instead of going to God.
  • I had one of my small group guys tell me that he was waiting to share the Gospel until he was a more righteous person. Although I appreciate the heart but the truth is share God, go to God, confess when you are wrong to God.
  • 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
  • They tragically foreshadowed millions of people across the centuries who have only wanted Christ for what they hoped to receive from him.
  • Jesus addressed those with this motive after he fed the 5,000, saying, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill” (John 6:26).
  • See I often times see Christians that know God but where they place Him in their lives greatly influences their Theology.
  • If he is at the center (walk this out) then we tend to care a lot less about our circumstances and more on simply being with him.
  • Point # 4 What is your Theology based on?
  • The last thing I see is that God had been at it all day teaching, healing, and casting out demons. Yet when night came he kept at it. 
  • God simply doesn’t stop. 
  • Point #5 We have limits but God’s love, his power, his grace, mercy, and his patience does not.
  • This is why we can trust him and remain thankful. We serve a good good God.

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