In the first article in this series, we dealt with how Jesus promised the disciples the coming of the comforter, the Holy Spirit, which would come to the followers of Jesus after He left for His Father. Now, taking it on from there...
After having been crucified and freeing humankind from the bondage of death, Jesus arose again on the third day and revealed Himself to firstly several individuals, and then larger groups. There was no doubt that Jesus had died and had arisen from the death. Thomas, the doubting one, must have been shocked when Jesus invited him to put his finger in the holes that the nails on the cross left in His hands.
According to the Bible more than 500 people actually witnessed to the fact that Jesus had been crucified and died, and had arisen from the death in some miraculous fashion. There was no doubt that the person who was now able to enter the room through the wall was the very same crucified Jesus.
Then came the day that Jesus was destined to finally return to His Father’s house. He took the Apostles to the place from where He was to depart into heaven, and gave them their final orders as well as their final comforting words.

Acts 1:1-8 WEB The first book I wrote, Theophilus, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, (2) until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. (3) To these he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God's Kingdom. (4) Being assembled together with them, he charged them, "Don't depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. (5) For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (6) Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?" (7) He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within His own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth." (Emphasis by author)

Here they received the final parts of the puzzle regarding the Comforter. You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. And did they receive power.
In his very first sermon, Peter who some fifty days earlier had denied knowing Jesus, now led more than three thousand Jews into the faith in Jesus Christ. Suddenly miracles were not restricted to one location as it was before. Miracles were happening all over the area. Wherever the Apostles and disciples went, the miracles followed.

Mark 16:15-20 WEB He said to them, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. (16) He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. (17) These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; (18) they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (19) So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (20) They went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen. (Emphasis by author)

Here, after so many ages had passed since Adam had handed earthly dominion to the serpent, we see the manifest glory of God in Jesus Christ return to the earth. Man (and woman) once again had Godly authority, just as God had given Adam and Eve.
The difference however, was that they did not carry the authority in their own right or being. Humankind now has authority in the Name above all names.

Romans 14:11 WEB For it is written, "'As I live,' says the Lord, 'to me every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess to God.'"

Philippians 2:9-11 WEB Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, (11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Now, every Christian has authority in the Name of Jesus. We do not have authority in ourselves, and no human does. Even earthly (governmental) authority is given or allowed in the Name of Jesus. What a wonderful fact this is. This implies that even if one, or two, or even millions of Christians should fail God, it cannot take away the Christian authority from humankind.
The power and authority by which children of God are expected to function cannot be taken away from us, as we do not possess it. We do not possess the authority, because we did not pay the price for it. Jesus paid the price in full, and therefore the dominion and authority belongs to Him, and He can give it to whomever He pleases.
Whoever believes in the Name above all names, the Name of Jesus Christ, will not only be saved, but to those the power to work miracles is also delegated.

Delegation of Authority means division of authority and powers downwards to the subordinate. Delegation is about entrusting someone else to do parts of your job. Delegation of authority can be defined as subdivision and sub-allocation of powers to the subordinates in order to achieve effective results. (

This is it: We do not receive the power and authority to protect, magnify or entertain ourselves. We receive it to do the work of Jesus Christ on earth and that in an effective way. (More of this in Part 3 of More Power To You)

Author's Bio: 

Author Dr Gerrit van Vuuren holds a PhD in Systematic Theology with specialization field Leadership. He has been in lay and full-time ministry for near thirty years and his ministry is marked by the exceptional anointing of the Holy Spirit with resultant flow of the gifts of the Spirit and power.