“Now, men, don’t try this at home,” are words that Jesus never said.
“I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions,” were His words, instead.
“Whatever you bind (or loose) on earth will be bound (or loosed) in heaven,”
were just as much His words as those that said to “forgive, seventy times seven.”
“Peace, be still,” He spoke, with authority, to the fury of wind and wave.
And a disciple is one who closely adheres to the example that his teacher gave.
“Greater works than these he (the believer) will do” was a bit jarring, by the way, since keeping things “normal” tends to be the way we often prefer to stay.
We’re commissioned to send the Word, with authority, as Jesus, our Lord, did–
Yet we sometimes hesitate, as if this is something that our Lord would forbid.
Some circumstances make us want to concede, when they seem to be too tough. But that’s when we must enforce the enemy’s defeat–that we have had enough!
“It is written,” which Jesus said, is a prime example of Him using the powerful sword…of the written Word of God. In resisting the devil, it must be underscored. Let’s turn this whole world upside down as in the new Testament book of Acts–Those accounts aren’t fables; no, instead, they’re God’s “truths” that overturn “facts.”
P. A. Oltrogge
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 KJV
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 KJV (and Matthew 18:18)
“Then came Peter to him, and said, ‘Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?’ Jesus saith unto him, ‘I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.'” Matthew 18:21-22 KJV
“And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace, be still.’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39 KJV
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
John 14:12 KJV
“Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” Luke 7:7 KJV (from Luke 7:1-10, the story of the healing of the centurion’s servant)
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV
Encouragement at http://www.sidroth.org and also http://www.billyebrim.org for “The Authority of the Believer and How to Use It” booklet for $2 in “Store”