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Living in Liberty - Pt. I (25 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 9
We are discovering these days from the book of 1 Corinthians what LIVING UNDER KINGDOM AUTHORITY is all about. How wonderful that God has given us ''authority over all the power of our enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us.'' Jesus tells us that!
The Bible also tells us that we are ''more than conquerors,'' meaning we now have a superior position over the things of the world.
And listen again to what Jesus tells us in Luke 10.19, ''Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.'' As we live UNDER His authority, we have authority ''over all the power of the enemy.'' Which means as we live OUT from under His authority, we forfeit our God-given authority ''over all the power of the enemy.'' And that's where many of the believers at Corinth were living and that's where too many believers today are living resulting in defeat and bondage rather than in victory and liberty.
Now as we come to chapter 9 in our study of 1 Corinthians, you may feel a little like that husband, after two years of marriage, came home one night and his wife greeted him at the front door with a hug and a kiss.
She said, ''Honey, I have some big news.''
He said, ''Great. What is it?''
She said, ''Well, in a little while there will no longer be the two of us here. We're going to have an addition to our family.''
He said, ''Are you serious? You have made me the happiest man in the world.''
She said, ''I'm so glad to hear that because week after next, my Mother moves in.''
That's not what he was expecting! Well, chapter 9 is like that too. Remember that the believers in Corinth wrote Paul a letter asking about some issues within the fellowship that had divided them. In chapter 7 the issue was being married verses being single, both of which Paul says ...
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