Ac 13:6-Ac 13:12
They travelled through the whole island until they came to
Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet
Ac. 13:7 who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The
proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul
because he wanted to hear the word of God.
Ac. 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means)
opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.
Ac. 13:9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy
Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said,
Ac. 13:10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that
is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will
you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?
Ac. 13:11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be
blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the
sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he
groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
Ac. 13:12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for
he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
Here Paul filled with the Holy Spirit, discerned that Elymas was not a follower of Jesus. He was instead a sorcerer and opposed Paul and Barnabas. At this time, the Holy Spirit stirred up in Paul and he commanded with authority that the sorcerer become blind for sometime.
God had to initiate this miracle because many people were believing the sorcerer because of his deceiving words. Jesus had to step in between and show a miracle greater than the sorcerer so people could put their faith in the right place.
As a result of sorcerer’s blindness, one person believed. That was the preconsul.
Question: Why did he start believing in Jesus after seeing this miracle?
Answer: He started believing because he saw the authority of Christ. He saw the authority of Christ was greater than the sorcerer and this established Jesus in a higher position than any magician in the preconsul’s sight.
In the old testament Aaron threw his staff became a snake which ate up other snakes. What did this show or signify?
This showed that God’s power is higher than every other power and His authority is supreme.
In today’s time, with so many new cults, new age ideas and various gods popping up every now and then, it is imperative to establish the authority of Jesus Christ.
The story above reminds me of something. Jesus’s authority is supreme and unquestionable. What is rather questionable though is the fact that how much are we able to walk in it? How much of His authority are we actually be able to establish in our day to day circumstance?
With the right establishment of His authority, many changes happen in the current region-Atmospheres shift, miracles happen, people are healed.
People are also saved with the authority establishment of Jesus Christ. This happens as the name of Jesus elevates to it’s right place, it overcomes and sabotages every other principality and power in that area which has held a person hostage till now.
The bondage of a person to an evil spirit may not be confined only to the region, it may be on a deep personal level as well. However, as the scripture rightly says, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed”, once Jesus sets a captive free, the person is set free for his whole life.
How to establish the authority of Christ?
The first step I believe is to walk in the Holy Spirit. This is the easiest and the toughest exercise at the same time. Walking in Holy Spirit, means to keep Him before ourselves. To do what He says and be obedient to His commands.
It is tough at times, because the believer may find himself/herself struggling with their own notions and ideas instead of the ones given by Holy Spirit. And if they don’t put in their ideas to the subjection of Christ, the struggling may continue.
The important point to note down here is that all the ideas we have are earthly and carnal in nature. They are not of God and thus they maybe either your ideas or an enemy’s idea, who may love to bombard your mind with them. Following them will ensure you walk out of opportunities laid for a good life for you by Jesus Himself and instead may enter confusion and destruction.
Jesus said,” The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy………”
The only way to arrive at the right place is to be obedient to God’s command. Constant practice of obedience will ensure you know who you are (which is Sons of Living God) and thus give you a better hand at establishing the authority of Jesus Christ.