“Behold, I have given you authority. . . over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.” Luke 10:19
Everyone who is called by the name of the Lord is, here on earth, his representative. We are God’s ambassadors. Delivered out of the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of his dear Son, we carry with us at all times the authority of heaven.
But a serious warning goes with this: that we ourselves must be subject to the authority of God. We know that the creation was originally placed under the control of man. Why, then, does the creation not listen to man’s command today? Because man himself has failed to heed God’s Word. Why did the lion slay the man of God from Judah? [1 Kings 18:26] Because he had disobeyed God’s command.
But on the other hand, how was it that the lions did not hurt Daniel? Because he was innocent before God. Or again, in the book of Acts worms consumed proud Herod, whereas a viper could not hurt the hand of Paul. Here at last the creation is once more subject to the ambassador of Christ. It all turns on the ambassador’s own obedience.