Authority is given to those who are under authority. The Centurion of Matthew Eight who had come to seek healing for his servant understood this great truth:
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Matthew 8:8-10 (KJV)
He was a man who understood that Caesar and all of Rome was backing his orders to the men who were entrusted to his leadership. It was easy for him to understand that Jesus was a Man who had Almighty God and all of Heaven’s authority behind Him.
So many professing Christians strain at the thoughts of being under submission or under authority when it is the only way to the anointing (authority to use the power of God). Remember, Jesus never did, or said, anything that He did not hear the Father say. He lived to please His Father. He was completely under submission (authority):
Then said Jesus unto them,… then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 8:28; 14:10 (KJV)
God has absolute authority. All other authority is delegated and subservient. Unregenerate man only thinks that he has that kind of authority. What authority he is allowed to exercise is, and always will be, subject to God. Anointing is what gives us the right to use the authority of God. Anointing is the release of the authority, power and dominion of God.
You, beloved, as a child of God have delegated authority. It is a higher authority than that which Satan stole from Adam (man) and that which is allowed unregenerate man.
Power is the exercise of authority. To be able to exercise power one must be in a place of dominion. Dominion is the place or position of authority. Only the Born-again child of God abides in the place of dominion. This can be seen as we read over Ephesians 1:3-13, 21; 4:6; Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 12:2
Our position is in Christ Jesus Who is in the place of dominion which is at the right hand of the throne of God. This is the position of power and authority. Christ is the Anointed One (the One authorized to exercise Authority, Power and Dominion over all). Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18
…the LORD hath anointed me …
He is (and we are in Him):
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: Ephesians 1:21