After I addressed the lack of belief in God’s Word which is found among those who say they are believers, I was astounded the other day to hear someone who claims to be a preacher of the gospel to deny the straightforward reading of the Word of God. The train of thought was that “even when God says “No”, that you continue to trust Him and that brings glory to Him. First, according to 2 Corinthians 1:20, “All the promises in Christ Jesus are ‘YES and AMEN to the glory of God.” If one is in Christ Jesus and prays according to the Word of God, then the answer is always “Yes”. One might counter, “But what if you are not in Christ Jesus?” Then you have no case or right to approach the Judge of the universe. In Philippians 2 we find that “It is He Who is in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Would He (The Holy Spirit) pray anything contrary to the will of God the Father? Therefore, the answer is always yes. So, all we have to do is know what the will of God is and pray accordingly. How do we know His will? He wrote it down for us in a book we call The Holy Bible. Find what God said in His Word and then “return” it to Him. He says that it shall accomplish what He says. Would you call God a liar just to placate people’s lack of faith?
The other thought was that “since God is in charge then everything that happens is His will and we cannot do anything about it, so we suffer through it since it is God’s will.” Trying to understand the infinite omniscient mind of God with a finite brain marred by the fall is a non starter. Once again we must look to God’s Word.
Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
In these verses we see that God gave dominion over the Earth to His human creation. Now we know that “the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,” but God declared, and He cannot go back on His Word, that humankind has authority over and on the Earth. (In Genesis 6:3 we get a hint of how long the lease will last. Genesis 6:3 (KJV)
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years) God is righteous in all His dealings and could have ended it all at the flood or at the Garden. But He did not. Above all, God is love! He made a promise of One Who would redeem His creation and He will not go back on that promise. So, the creation became cursed because its’ leasor sub-leased it to “the god of this world”, satan. How? When Adam bowed the knee to the serpent and ate the fruit of the forbidden tree. The battle raged for around four thousand years until “the fullness of time” when God sent His only begotten Son to pay the price for Adam’s rebellion. He had to be human because human beings were the ones to whom the Earth was leased. If a human could fulfill the covenant set up by the Creator and Owner of all things, then that human could rule with authority on the Earth. Jesus did exactly that. But notice this. Instead of taking that authority to Himself, He chose to first pay the price for the rebellion of every human being who had ever lived or ever would live. He did that by going to the cross and suffering humiliation and an unimaginable separation from God, The Father, which can only be defined as “hell”.
But, that was not the end. On the “third day”, God, The Father, showed His favor on His “only begotten Son” by raising Him from the dead. The final and total victory of the consequences of sin. Jesus pleases God, The Father, so much that if one comes to The Father through Jesus, God counts that one as if he were Jesus, because Jesus paid that one’s price for his sin.
Now, look at Matthew 28:18 and following.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore,
In verse 18 Jesus declares that He has “all” power, in heaven and IN EARTH. It is the human, Jesus, Who has all this power. Then He begins the next verse with, “Go ye therefore”. In essence, and without a doubt as we see in Acts, “you have the power and authority on the Earth in My Name.
The reason the church does not exercise this power is either because “it” is not “the church, the Body of Christ”, or it is immature or misled by those who willfully do not rightly divide the word of truth. The greatest force on this Earth today are men and women who are in Christ Jesus and they exercise the power of the Word of God which always accomplishes what it says.
There is much more to share in this vein, but we shall do it in other blogs.