When Jesus ascended into heaven he delegated his power and his authority to us his disciples.
- Legitimacy: First of all, it is legitimacy. It is the right to use Gods power for the purposes for which he has given it. Our right to use his authority comes out of the Great Commission – Matt 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”
- Intimacy: secondly, it is intimacy. Jesus both knew that he had his Fathers authority and that his right to use it was contingent on his maintaining intimacy with the Father. John 5:30 “I can do nothing in my own authority… Because I am not trying to do what I want, but only what he who sent me wants.” Earlier in that chapter, Jesus also says, “The son can do nothing on his own; he does only what he sees his Father doing.” John 5:19.