Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 6 Study # 3
May 9, 2010
Lincolnton, NC

<614> Thesis: The exercise of the power and authority of Jesus is restricted by Jesus to legitimate efforts to make Kingdom Truth manifest. Introduction: When Jesus was accused of casting out demons by the prince of demons (Luke 11:15), He responded by asking this question: "If Satan be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?". In the light of our current study of the failure of the disciples to cast out a demon, this is a pertinent question. If we ask it in a different way, it will still have the same answer: If the Son of Man is divided against Himself, how shall His kingdom stand? At issue is one basic fact: the exercise of "power" by any "kingdom" representative must be consistent with the objectives of that "kingdom", or it will be self-defeating. When Jesus cast out demons, He did so as the Primary Representative of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus imparted His power and authority to The Twelve to cast out demons, they became representatives of the Kingdom of God. As representatives, they had to function under the dominion of the Kingdom's agenda and principles or they would put the Kingdom in opposition to itself and underwrite its own destruction. Therefore, if they attempted to exercise the power and authority of Jesus against the agenda and principles of the Kingdom of Jesus, their attempt had to be frustrated in order to prevent the Kingdom from being in opposition to itself. This morning we are going to look into the failure of The Nine in the light of what they were attempting to do.