“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” – Matthew 10:1
Power against unclean spirits is the power opposing the operation of unclean spirits; this power has what it takes to displace the forces of darkness and frustrate their purposes. We understand from scriptures that no one can enter into a strong man’s territory and spoil his goods except he first bind the strong man. Therefore, the power against unclean spirits is the stronger power or the power of the “Stronger”. Matthew 12:28-30; Mark 3:26-28; Luke 11:21:22
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpent and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” – Luke 10:19
“Power against” and “power to tread on” confer dominion over satan and his cohorts on the beneficiaries. It is important to take note of the setting of our main text; The Bible says; “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against…”
Jesus called the twelve disciples; he did not draft them, he did not force them, he did not even ask them to volunteer or cajoled them to do some part-time hit and run thing with him. Rather, he called them; he chose them to serve the interest of His Kingdom. Every believer in Jesus Christ is called today. Romans 8:29-30. Believers are called specially to serve the interest of God and His kingdom.
Believers’ response to the call and how we handle the demands of the call defines the release and the flow of “power against unclean spirits” to us. Jesus gave the “…power against…” and the “…power to tread on…” to the disciples. Disciples literarily mean followers. A follower is an adherent, a devotee or an enthusiast of another.
This power that confers dominion does not just put the beneficiary on the top of things; it enables the beneficiary to have things the way he/she wants it. However, this power is only available to the disciples.
Many are in church today, to use other people in church or even to use God! Are you a true follower of Christ? Are you a zealous follower of His teachings and instructions? Are you His devotee or adherent? No one is really a candidate for this power that confers dominion except he/she can answer the above questions in the affirmative. That power is not meant for God’s opponent, detractor or adversary!
Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 12:28-30; Mark 3:26-28; Luke 11:21-22
Jesus is Lord!