Submission: The Key To Authority

Submission: The Key To Authority

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by in Kingdom Notes eZine, Kingdom Authority

Apostolic Note Vol 4 No 6 (download PDF version)

Authority is not a quality one person “has,” in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him. Erich Fromm

Being sent to operate in Kingdom (apostolic) authority implies that someone of a greater power is designating where I am to operate my authority. This illuminates a key principle to using authority:

To the extent that I am submitted to authority,
determines the level of authority I can operate in.

Using Jesus as our example, we see that He was submitted to the one who sent him. This resulted in His ability to manifest the authority and power of God. His submission was evident by what He said and did. Jesus Himself said He came down from heaven, not to perform His own will, but the will of the one who sent Him. He further states that His doctrine was actually not His, but it was of the one who sent Him (Jn 6:38, 7:16, 8:28, 12:49, 12:50, 17:8). This is truly apostolic: being in submission to the authority of the one who is sending. As a result of not seeking His own will, we see His ministry was one of the miraculous.

Failure to be in submission to authority can result in our lack of authority because we cannot be trusted. In Acts 19:13-17 we observe the failure of certain individuals who attempt to operate in apostolic authority without being themselves submitted to authority. There were seven sons of a man named Sceva who were vagabond Jews. They took upon themselves to call the name of Jesus over those who were filled with evil spirits. They invoked the name of Jesus who Paul preaches. Unfortunately for them, it states that the spirits recognized Jesus and Paul, but questioned who they were. Subsequently, the man who was possessed of the spirit lept on them, prevailed physically, and forced them to flee from the house wounded and naked.

Examining this incident closer we see two potential reasons for their failure.

they were vagabonds. This word has been translated as wander, wanderer or vacillate. They were individuals who did not have a place to settle and were not committed anywhere. They were men looking unto themselves.

Secondly we see they were the sons of one Sceva. Holman Bible Dictionary says of Sceva: ”No such Jewish high priest is known from other sources, particularly not one living in Ephesus. The title may be the result of a copyist or a title Sceva took upon himself to impress leaders of other religions in Ephesus.” If this is correct, we see that the father, Sceva, was a man who desired to lift himself up in the eyes of others and was not submitted to authority. This attitude exemplified by Sceva could have been passed on to his sons.

The combination of these two attitudes seems to have resulted in sons who wanted authority but were not willing to walk in submission. Subsequently, when they attempted to exercise authority they failed.

A final interesting note in this story is the response of the spirit to these men. It said “Jesus I know and Paul I know.” Both Jesus and Paul were submitted to authority, Jesus as the Apostle coming to do the will of the one who sent him, and Paul an apostle doing the will of Jesus who sent him. These men were under authority and they were known in the spirit realm.

Last year while ministering in Pakistan, one of the missionaries told me a modern day account of this type of incident. In a city, there was a woman who had been possessed for years. Multiple attempts by ministers to cast out the spirit ended with humiliated and broken men. On the next to the last attempt, the spirit spoke up and said they were so strong that not even Ali Sabbabas (I am not spelling name correct) could cast them out. Immediately the family began to inquire who this person was.

After a couple of months of searching, they found this apostolic pastor. They informed him of the situation and asked if he would cast the spirit out; agreeing, he went with them. The account is that he walked into the room an in a matter of seconds, took authority and cast out the spirit!

When we submit ourselves to authority and begin to operate in authority, even the spirits know who we are!

For us to walk in the same authority that Jesus did, we must be submitted as He was. In placing ourselves under God’s structure of authority we can be assured that He will willingly authorize us to use His power.

Food for thought –
Are you submitted? Do you have a mentor in your life?

Adapted from the book: Apostolic Authority, Every Believer’s Privilege.
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4 Responses to “Submission: The Key To Authority”

  1. Joshua Hart

    06. Apr, 2010

    Hi Martin,

    Good post, submission is an absolute prerequisite when functioning under authority, submission means “to come under another’s mission”, and once this is accomplished then authority will flow like a river. The only quality that is required of submission [one who is submissive] is HUMILITY, humility means “to make low” and so just as rivers flow they start from the mountains – high place of authority – and they flow down to lower regions [humility] and eventually empty into the sea [humanity]. This same principle is illustrated in Psalm 133;

    v1 “A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    v2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
    v3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.”

    Only when we are in subjection / submission to the Head will the authority flow down and bring about unity, this can only be accomplished through humility.

    Any authority that exists in this realm is delegated authority that can be traced back to its source i.e. the Father; whether that be God or satan, depending which head one is hooked up to. Both progenitors operate out of different spheres of authority, God’s authority comes directly from the 3rd Dimension [Realm of the Spirit; The Throne] and rests in the upper part of the 2nd Dimension which is known as the “Mind” or “Air” [*This is the Meeting Place i.e. Meet Him in the Air, the word meet symbolically means a gathering place with the purpose of coming into union and one with whoever is gathering.] Once His Throne descends into this position – and He only can descend when the Old Mind [Adam; Old Heaven] passes away/dies. The old man, old creation, old heaven, old mind is the sphere through which satan is allowed to operate, Ephesians 2:2 details this;

    “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

    In Christ the old nature is already dead, that is why we can do amazing exploits of the Kingdom at times when we manifest the Kingdom but because we haven’t ESTABLISHED the Kingdom in the earth [us], we enter in but always seem to slip back out. But there is coming a time when we will go in and be established a pillar and go out no more, this is when the fullness of the Kingdom will manifest in and through our lives as a permanent flow and not a drip feeding cycle.

    The key is in destroying the old nature by dying daily through the process of the Cross. When this happens we then are able to function with the Mind of Christ i.e. Ark on our Shoulders, even though we tend to toggle from the Mind of Christ to our Adamic Minds it is the process of the Cross and its established order in our lives that enables the Kingdom to be established in and through our live.

    Now watch this, the lower part of the 2nd Dimension is the “Soul” [psuche] which is equivalent to the “Womb, Woman, Church etc” which is the vessel in which the Kingdom [The Kings nature and His ability to exercise Dominion] is being a) Conceived, b) Gestated, c) Matured & d) Birthed THROUGH (See Rev 12 Birthing of the Manchild). Although everything rests within the parameters of the 2nd Dimension – i.e. Throne [Heaven] on our Shoulders [Earth] – it issues forth and manifests in the 1st Dimension [Natural Realm]. Luke 10:17-19 outlines this clearly;

    v10 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
    v11 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
    v12 Behold, I GIVE UNTO YOU power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

    As soon as the seventy “apostello’s” demonstrated the Kingdom [A Kings ability to have Dominion] by exercising dominion [to bring into submission] over the demons through His NAME [character / authority] Jesus saw satan fall as lightning from heaven [their minds] and then He said to them that He was the one that gave them the authority / power [“exousia”: delegated authority] to trample on [have dominion over] serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt them.

    Jesus further defines this in the next chapter of Luke in verse 20;

    “But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”

    Meaning when DOMINION from a KING [Ark on Shoulders] is exercised THEN THE KINGDOM COMES, anything before its manifestation that is to say if there is no manifestation then the Kingdom is only AT HAND, or near or that we aren’t far from the Kingdom. We have the potential to manifest the Kingdom now, but to say that the Kingdom is now and it is not evident in our lives is another thing. I believe that when it comes forth then it will speak for itself, for the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power [miraculous demonstration].

    Hopefully I can add more later, blessings,


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  2. Don Doran

    08. Apr, 2010

    Thanks for the Word. We fail to realize the power of submission. Some I believe comes by revelation, some by desire and all by willingness to submit. God Bless…

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  3. Valerie

    15. Jun, 2010

    Thanks for the Word. We fail to realize the power of submission. Some I believe comes by revelation, some by desire and all by willingness to submit. God Bless…

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  4. Paris

    15. Dec, 2011

    Jesus Himself marveled at the faith of whom?
    The (non-Jewish) Roman Centurian who not only clearly understood authority but obediently applied the simple principals of authority in his daily life. He not only had the knowledge of authority, but he lived it out (he walked the walk). Therefore, his faith in Christ to heal his servant with a simple word, was a solid “knowing” rather than a hopeful may be.

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