What is authority? Like so many other words connected with religion, this word is very often misunderstood, misinterpreted, misapplied and misused to justify all sorts of abusive behavior and teachings.

As I compiled a list of uses of this word from throughout the Bible, it started becoming clear to me that like pretty much everything else, there is a true original and there is a counterfeit. Both show up in Scripture and we must have discernment to know the difference between false, abusive types of authority in contrast with God's kind of authority, which like so many other aspects of truth is far less familiar to us.

Like the cartoon above illustrates, our fallen nature tends to interpret most things about God in such darkened ways that we reinforce Satan's insinuations about Him. But all of his deceptions have one purpose – to keep us from knowing the real truth about God that would awaken trust and love in our hearts. As long as Satan can keep us afraid of God he can strengthen our doubts and erode the very faith needed in order to embrace the salvation God has provided for us. Yet ironically many of Satan's lies are embedded in claims to describe God's salvation while in reality they blaspheme His name.

So, what can we learn about authority that would increase our trust in God instead of making us afraid of Him? Paul pointed out a vital truth when he said, Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Jesus informed some of His new disciples of this same axiom which resulted in mixed reactions. Like us too often, they resisted His diagnosis of the problem.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:31-36)

I am keenly aware that I have been conflicted with problems over authority many times in my life. But over recent years I am becoming more and more aware that much of my problem has had to do with false presumptions about authority, both of my own, but also on the part of others attempting to impose it over me or who taught me false ideas about it. The good news is that the more I am learning about the original, authentic kind of authority that operates in heaven's system of life, the more attractive it becomes for me to want to live under that kind of authority. I am seeing that to discern the difference between true authority and counterfeit authority is to also learn how to move from slavery into freedom and liberty. And I suspect I am not the only one who can benefit from this study.

So for those interested in looking into this with me, let me just inform you that I will be unloading a whole bunch of verses in order to flush out some of the truths I am discovering about both kinds of authority. Then as the Spirit of Christ takes these and applies them to hearts open and hungry to know something better than the false system all of us live under currently, others may also enter into the joy of living under true authority with us while allowing the Spirit of Jesus to empower us and give all of us wisdom to know how to relate to counterfeit and abusive kinds of authority while here on earth.

The most important things I see besides discovering the real truth about heaven's version of authority is to know how to avoid engaging in abusive and counterfeit practices of authority ourselves. What we believe about this, like so many other things, dictates how we act toward others and how we relate to God. Like so many other misapprehensions about God, this is one of the big ones that keeps many people afraid and even disgusted with popular teachings about God as promoted by religion. As the cartoon above demonstrates, Satan's lies about God are intended to disgust us and turn us away from the very one who longs to give us life, love, happiness and peace. Yet as long as we cling to lies about God such as this, it will be impossible to believe that He is really worthy of our trust or love.

What I am finding in my research is that there are a many more words in the Greek translated as the English word authority than there are in Hebrew. For clarification of my method, I used the KJV to search for the word authority and then traced the various original words from which it was derived to see what other words might have been used to render the same term. This has proven to be quite revealing and even exposes some of the bias of the translators themselves.

I decided to organize some of these verses into categories to help clarify for my own thinking some of the concepts I see emerging here. This involves some redundancy of verses for explaining various concepts. I include at least part of the Strong's definition of each original word for amplification.

Hebrew, rabahto increase (in whatever respect): be in authority, bring up, continue, enlarge, excel, exceedingly, be full of, to be or make great, grow up, heap, increase, be long, yield much more, make to multiply, nourish, plenteous.

Interestingly, this word is only translated as authority one time in the KJV. Yet is shows up in the Hebrew Old Testament in 211 verses. As can be seen in the following sampling of verses, it is usually rendered in very different ways from what we would think of as authority. But as I considered this carefully it occurred to me that in fact there may be valuable insights from some of these verses about the true nature of authority as originally designed by God at creation.

God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." (Genesis 1:22)
God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:28)
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (Genesis 9:1)
"As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it." (Genesis 9:7)
Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count." (Genesis 16:10)
God was with the lad, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer. (Genesis 21:20)
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. (Exodus 1:20)
You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great. (2 Samuel 22:36 NIV)
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NKJV)
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan. (Proverbs 29:2)

While the same English word is not used in these passages, I get the sense that this may be a close parallel to the concept of dominion which is another fascinating topic that I want to examine much deeper. Scripture makes it clear that God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth originally, but when they fell it becomes quite confusing as to who had the right to exercise it after that. There is a lot of debate and speculation on that topic, but for this study I simply want to note that I believe there is a close connection between the two. One strong clue shows up when Satan confronted Jesus in person to tempt Him over this issue of authority that evidently was hotly contended in the supernatural realm.

And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish." (Luke 4:6)

This passage includes a number of different concepts connected to authority including the issue of dominion. Satan insisted that Adam had handed over his authority to Satan. This also notes another aspect we will look at later of how authority can both be received as well as passed on to others. But clearly there is a conflict here as to the real nature of authority that can be very confusing if we do not first take time to discern the difference between true and false ways of viewing this concept as well as alternative ways of exercising it. The temptation for Jesus was to be drawn into the subtle reasoning and insinuations about authority that dominated the thinking of humanity in hopes that He could be seduced into using Satan's definitions of authority rather than God's. For us though, the issue is far less clear as we are disadvantaged by false assumptions about authority from the beginning.

The next Hebrew word translated as authority exposes rather clearly the counterfeit kind of authority that Satan invented. Take a look at how this words shows up throughout Scripture. While these examples are not necessarily abusive, the kind of authority described here is closer to imposed authority, the kind of authority we are familiar with as exercised by the kingdoms of this world.

Hebrew, toqeph – from taqaph; might or (figuratively) positiveness:-- authority, power, strength.
Taqaph – to overpower:--prevail (against).

Then Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. (Esther 9:29)
And all the accomplishments of his authority and strength, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia? (Esther 10:2)
He will determine to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will make an alliance with the king of the South. And he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plans will not succeed or help him. (Daniel 11:17 NIV)

This concludes the Hebrew words translated as the English word authority. Now let's turn attention to the many Greek terms which are more diverse. The first one examined here clearly exposes the contrast between the counterfeit type of authority invented by Satan and the type of authority that marks the way God relates to His children.

Greek, katexousiazoto have (wield) full privilege over:--exercise authority.

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:25-28)

Now I would look over the other various terms in the Greek and before ending with the most common one that has the most insights regarding this fascinating subject.

Greek, dunastes – a ruler or officer:--of great authority, mighty, potentate.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble. (Luke 1:52)
So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship. (Acts 8:27 NKJV)
He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Timothy 6:15)

Greek, huperoche – prominence, i.e. (figuratively) superiority (in rank or character):--authority, excellency.

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1)
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Greek, authenteo – to act of oneself, dominate.

But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. (1 Timothy 2:12)
And a woman I do not suffer to teach, nor to rule a husband, but to be in quietness. (1 Timothy 2:12 YLT)
And a wife I commit to their care not to teach, nor to domineer a husband, but to be at rest.
(1 Timothy 2:12 ABP+)

I presented three different Bible versions of this while realizing that none of them conveys very accurately the best meaning of this obscure Greek term used only once in the Bible. There are many different opinions about this term, but the one that makes the most sense to me relates to how this word was often used during that time in other venues. The word authenteo was associated with the committing of a crime involving sexual assault. By choosing this word instead of other words that could have clearly defined what we think of as authority, Paul was strongly inferring that at least one woman in that church was abusing her sexual attractiveness to gain advantage over men. In essence she was exploiting the natural weaknesses of men to gain power which was only common practice in the popular religion of that day in that region. When this context is understood it makes far more sense why Paul would seem so stern about putting a stop to such exploitation within the body of Christ.

Greek, epitage – an injunction or decree; by implication, authoritativeness:--authority, commandment.

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith. (Romans 16:25-26)
Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But this I say by way of concession, not of command. (1 Corinthians 7:5-6)
Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. (1 Corinthians 7:25)
...but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior. (Titus 1:3)
These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:15)

This last word from the Greek shows up in 93 verses but is translated as authority in only 32 of them. It is used from both perspectives as good or counterfeit, but it clearly begins to highlight the intense contest between the opposing forces claiming authority as seen in the constant tensions Jesus created with the leaders in charge of religion. They viewed authority very differently than He did and repeatedly challenged Him over this issue. (Keep in mind that all words in in these verses marked in bold are translated from the same Greek word used for authority.)

Greek, exousia – privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery, delegated influence:--authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

A new kind of authority appears on the scene.

When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)
But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (Matthew 9:8)
They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." (Mark 1:27)
"But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" --then He said to the paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home." (Matthew 9:6)

Supernatural authorities and contention over authority.

When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?" Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things." (Matthew 21:23-24)
When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. (Luke 12:11-12)
And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish." (Luke 4:6)
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12) that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:10)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me. (Acts 26:18)

Delegating or giving others authority.

For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:26-27)
Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. (Matthew 10:1)
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. (Luke 10:19)
It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. (Mark 13:34)
And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.' (Luke 19:17)
'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. (Revelation 2:26)

Receiving authority and using it for self-control.

For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:26-27)
For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father. (John 10:17-18)
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. (John 17:1-2)
"For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it." (Matthew 8:9)
He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority. (Acts 1:7)
But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well. (1 Corinthians 7:37)
I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the one who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him! (Luke 12:4-5) (We have authority to determine our destiny!)

Examples of relating to worldly, counterfeit authority.

So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.
(Luke 20:20)
Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber? While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours."
(Luke 22:52-53)
And when he learned that He belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time. (Luke 23:7)
So Pilate said to Him, "You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?" Jesus answered, "You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin."
(John 19:10-11)
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same. (Romans 13:1-3)
And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I cast my vote against them. (Acts 26:10)
Although he was abused, he never tried to get even, when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but left everything to the one who judges fairly. (1 Peter 2:23 CEV, NET, GW)

Confusion about the two versions of authority.

But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." (Acts 5:3-4)
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." (Acts 8:18-19)

True authority is connected with rights.

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? (Romans 9:21)
Do we not have a right to eat and drink? Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?
If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:4-6, 12, 18)
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
(1 Corinthians 8:9)
For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame. (2 Corinthians 10:8)
...nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.
(2 Thessalonians 3:8-9)
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. (Hebrews 13:10)

Choosing and acknowledging authority.

To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:25)

Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
(1 Corinthians 11:10)

Switching from one authority system to the other. which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2)
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. (Colossians 1:13)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me. (Acts 26:18)

Examples of worldly authority at work.

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:8)
Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. (Revelation 9:3)
They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. (Revelation 9:10)
For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm. (Revelation 9:19)
These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. (Revelation 11:6)
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?" There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. (Revelation 13:2-7)
He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. (Revelation 13:12)
Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." (Revelation 14:18)
The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. (Revelation 17:12)
The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)

The history of authority.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." (Genesis 1:26)
And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish." (Luke 4:6)
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. (Colossians 2:15)
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:5-11)
...which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:20-21)
Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. (1 Peter 3:22)
...He is the head over all rule and authority. (Colossians 2:10)
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. (Revelation 18:1)
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:10)
...then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:24)
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)


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