The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
Synonyms: power, control, warrant
He called His twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of disease and sickness.
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm you.”
And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out demons.
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.”