How did Jesus perform healings and miracles?
- Jesus received guidance from YHWH (God) concerning God’s desires.
- Jesus exercised the same authority we all have.
- God used His power to do the healings and miracles.
As humans, we all have the same authority Jesus had, so why aren’t we performing similar healings and miracles today? It’s because we haven’t understood (and taken action concerning) the relationship between our authority and God’s power.
Man’s Delegated Authority
On the 6th day of creation, God made man the ruler over the earth and everything in it.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
Then the Devil caused man to sin, and all of God’s earthly creation became slaves to corruption, death, and decay. (Romans 8:21) The Devil became the ‘prince of this world’, ruling the fallen nations of mankind through sinful men. (Matthew 4:8,9; John 14:30, 16:11)
Jesus Broke Free from Sin
But, when Jesus the Son of God entered creation, He didn’t become a slave to sin. With God as His father, He was able to live a sinless life, even though He was tempted in every way possible. (Hebrews 4:15) Therefore, the Devil had no foothold of power over Jesus. In fact, Jesus exercised power over the Devil.
No one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. (Mark 3:27)
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
The Kingdom of God
As a sinless man, Jesus exercised His authority over creation. For example: He cast-out demons, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, walked on water, and multiplied 2 fish and a few loaves of bread to feed 5000 hungry men, with 12 baskets of leftovers remaining! (Matthew 14:15-20)
Jesus was exercising the authority God delegated to Adam on the 6th day of creation. Through Jesus, God showed us His desire to deliver creation from its bondage to corruption, death, and decay. The miracles Jesus performed demonstrate God’s desire to bless mankind with healing, prosperity, peace, rest, and holiness. They also demonstrated the reality and superiority of His kingdom on the earth.
Our Authority and God’s Power
How did Jesus do these miracles? As a sinless man, Jesus didn’t need to rely on His rank as a Son of God to perform His miracles. He simply needed to apply man’s delegated authority to energize God’s power over creation.
Through prayer and constant communion with God’s Holy Spirit, Jesus was totally dependent on guidance from Almighty God—His Father.
“Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
Then, Jesus exercised delegated authority as a man to do whatever the Father showed Him. This authorized the Father to exercise His power on the earth, in mankind’s realm.
So, here are the steps:
- Jesus received spiritual guidance from the Father.
- By faith, Jesus exercised man’s delegated authority on earth to perform the Father’s guidance.
- The Father used His almighty power to do whatever Jesus commanded on earth.
Jesus received guidance and commanded using man’s delegated authority. Then, God released the power to fulfill Jesus’ words.
A Simple Example of Authority and Power
This quote is from Andrew Wommack’s excellent teaching on Our Authority Releases God’s Power
It’s like electricity. The power company generates the power and delivers it to your house. It’s not your power, but it’s under your control. You don’t call the power company and ask them to turn the lights on. No! They won’t do that. They generate the power, but it’s under your command. You simply flip the switch on the wall and command the power to work. Does this mean you are the power source? Certainly not! You can put a light bulb in your mouth, and it will never come on. You aren’t the power source, but you are the one in control of what that power does. You can plead with the power company all you want, but they won’t flip the switch for you. You have to assume your authority and acknowledge the power is under your command.”
How to Exercise Authority to Release God’s Power
Just like Jesus did:
- Receive spiritual guidance concerning the Father’s desires through prayer and constant communion with God’s Holy Spirit.
- Since we’re not sinless like Jesus was, the Devil will try to use your consciousness of past sins (shame) to block you from entering God’s presence.
- As disciples of Jesus, we’re made holy by His sacrifice. You must learn how to receive forgiveness and enter His presence with a clean conscience. (Hebrews 10)
- Then, by faith, speak with man’s delegated authority on earth to proclaim the Father’s desire.
- The Father will then use His almighty power to do whatever we command.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.