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The Power Of Attorney

Jesus has given every believer the full, legal authority to use His name as His representative on earth. This article deals with the believer's authority in Christ and what it means to function in His name.

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal authorization that gives a designated person the power to act or function for another person. The designating person or party is referred to as the principal, while the designated person or party is referred to as the agent or attorney-in-fact. A power of attorney is most frequently used in the event of a principal's temporary or permanent illness or disability or when the principal is unable to be present to sign necessary documents. There are several factors or conditions that can lead to the end or termination of power of attorney. These include:

(1) When the principal revokes the agreement or dies.

(2) When a court invalidates it.

(3) When the agent can no longer carry out the responsibilities outlined. 

(4) In the case of a married couple, the authorization may be invalidated if the principal and the agent divorce.

There are two key types of power of attorney (POA), one with general powers and one with limited powers. A general power of attorney allows the agent to act on behalf of the principal in any matters, as allowed by state laws. The agent under such an agreement may be authorized to handle bank accounts, sign checks, sell property, manage assets, and file taxes for the principal. A limited power of attorney, on the other hand, gives the agent the power to act on behalf of the principal in specific matters or events. 

It might explicitly state that the agent is only allowed to manage the principal's retirement accounts. A limited power of attorney may be in effect for a specific period. For example, if the principal will be out of the country for two years, the authorization might be effective only for that period. A person appointed to exercise power of attorney doesn't necessarily have to be an attorney (a lawyer). The person could be a trusted family member, friend, or acquaintance. The agent who exercises a power of attorney carries out this responsibility according to the provisions of state laws.

He/she must act based on the provision of the law and must never, under any circumstance or situation, go beyond what is allowed under the law. When he/she acts, it is done on behalf of the principal with the full authority as designated by the principal. The good news of the gospel is that believers as individuals and the Church as a body have been given a power of attorney to act or function for the Lord Jesus here on earth in His name. After Jesus offered Himself on the cross for humanity's sin, conquered the grave, and deposed Satan and his cohorts, He gave the Church the legal right (authority) to function and act in His name.

The full powers and authority of Jesus as Lord of heaven, earth, and hell have been vested in His name. The Bible tells us that all authority in heaven, earth, and hell has been given to Jesus. In His name, we exercise the full potentialities and capacities of His position and identity. This is why Jesus said, "And whatsoever you shall ask IN MY NAME, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything IN MY NAME, I will do it." (John 14:13-14) Again, He said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)

If you look at the verses above, you will find one phrase common among them. That is, "IN MY NAME." It is expedient that we properly understand the meaning of this phrase. It is not the same thing as "THROUGH MY NAME." Functioning or acting IN the name of Jesus is not the same thing as functioning or acting THROUGH His name. Acting or functioning IN the name of Jesus is acting or functioning in His authority. But acting or functioning THROUGH His name is making Him a medium or arbiter. The believer is not called to act or function THROUGH the name of Jesus. The believer is called to act or function IN the name of Jesus. A power of attorney authorizes a person to act or function, not THROUGH, but IN the place of another.

A power of attorney authorizes the believer to act or function in the name of Jesus. The believer doesn't function through Jesus or use Him as an arbiter or medium. When a believer acts or functions in the name of Jesus, it is actually Jesus Himself acting or functioning in His full capacity through the believer. So, when we say in the name of Jesus, we step out, and Jesus steps in. This is why miracles happen in the name of Jesus. This is why demons flee in the name of Jesus. It has never been and will never be about the capacity and authority of the agent (the believer) but the capacity and authority of the principal (Jesus).

In His name, we bring Jesus into the situation. We totally disappear, and He rises in power through us. The believer who functions or acts in the name of Jesus exercises His full authority in all of His divine capacities and fullness. We have been given this privilege to function and act in His name because we represent Him on earth. And as His representatives, we have been legally designated to exercise all of His powers. We have a general power of attorney to act or function on Jesus' behalf in all matters pertaining to men as far as the earth is concerned.

In His name, we can influence heaven, earth, and hell in furtherance and perpetuation of the plans and purposes of God on earth. The name of Jesus can do everything Jesus Himself can do, and we have, as members of His body, the exclusive right to use His name on earth. Glory to God! Hallelujah!!!!

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