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His Authority

by Norman P. Grubb

The final one is this. You have authority. The priest has authority. Hebrews 7:25. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” That, brothers and sisters, is where the King-priest comes in. This One, this glorious One living in you and me, is the King-Priest. He’s the King and Priest. So are we. He imparts His royalty and His priesthood to us. And this is where the king comes in. This is the ascended life. This is the throne life that the apostle Paul said that we are lifted up to, “seated with Him in the heavenly places.” Now that’s something I haven’t time to talk about at length this morning. I need to have another session, which I haven’t got for that purpose, to examine more closely some of the aspects of authority. I can see already some of you are weary, but I’m talking heart stuff and I’ll stick it out for those of you who will stick it out. That’s all. But if we can’t take these things, who can? If we can’t take them, who can? I know some of you aren’t weary, but some are.

Now, as I said, this is far too long for us to examine in detail. But it’s a tremendous fact. Think of this: we’re seated with Him in the heavenly places. He is seated where? At the right hand of the majesty on high. What does the seated One do? Does He receive? No, he dispenses. He’s a dispenser. You go back to Ephesians and you see the character. Ephesians, of course, as you know, is the ascended letter and that’s where it tells us that we are seated with Him. Ephesians 6 says, “Made to sit together with Him in heavenly places.” We get the key in chapter 4 where it says this, verse 8, “Wherefore He saith, when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive”—those who were the captives of the devil are now captives of His bow and spear—“and gave gifts unto men.” That’s what kings do. Kings don’t ask for money. They give it. Kings don’t ask for authority. They use it. They are dispensers, not receivers. And the idea of co-seating with Him in the heavenlies is that we understand how to utilize the authority of God, and the gifts, and the power of God—not getting them, but using them. There are profound secrets there. I’m positive of this. That when this One, this King Who has really come to live in us, as He has, imparts to us His kinghood, He says to us, “Do what you like. You can help yourself.” We have a bit of a joker in our mission who said this once and he said right, “If you say to God ‘Lord, help yourself to me,’ God says to you ‘Yes, you help yourself to Me.’” And that’s what it comes to. Help yourself.

Now you see some very significant things about the Word of God that way. You see how easily these men dispense power. You take Jesus, as a man. You take Elisha and others. They were so in touch with the source of power that they could utilize it, and apply it, and, often, without any thought of seeking for it. They just applied it. You see they acted as kings.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood