1. Recognize the four passages that show Jesus wanted His ministry of power and healing to be available to the Twelve disciples and other believers. For each passage, recognize who Jesus refers to and its citation (book, chapter and verse numbers. (Sect. 19)
- 1. Empowering the Twelve disciples (Matthew 10:1, 7-8a)
- • Jesus gave them authority to heal, preach, drive out demons – to announce the Kingdom of God is here and then demonstrate it.
- 2. Empowering the seventy (Luke 10:1, 8-9, 17f)
- • Jesus sent them out ahead of him, two-by-two, commanding them, “Heal the sick and then say the kingdom of God is near.” They did and returned with joy, exclaiming, “Even the demons submit to us in your name.” Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (In this historical context, snakes and scorpions were typical tools of Satan.)
- 3. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)
- • At the Great Commission, Jesus said to the Eleven (and, in effect, to all believers), “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go [= the commission] and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- • If God’s presence is with you and your life is pleasing to him, you will be successful.
- 4. Empowerment is available to “whoever believes in me” (John 14:12-14)
- • “Very truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”