- Exousia. Pronounced ex-oo-see-ah, this is found 102 times in the New Testament and translates to “authority”, “weight”, and “the right to use” (see Strong’s 1849 [Greek]). Matthew 10:1 says:
1 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. (NKJV, italics added for emphasis)
Translated, then, this means that the disciples were given authority or the “right to use” Jesus’ name over unclean spirits (demons), sickness, and disease. This is the same word found in Colossians 1:13:
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. (NKJV, italics added for emphasis)
This tells us, then, that Jesus delivered us from the authority of the devil (darkness) the moment we were transformed into the kingdom of God.
Other scriptures include Matthew 7:29 and Matthew 28:18.