But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
The demonstration of the Kingdom of Heaven is in power. With respect to those who have gone before, who have had only their level of revelation from the scriptures, remembering that we, too, only see the portion of the words of Jesus that have been entrusted to us, unless the Kingdom of God is demonstrated with power, we have not fully preached the Gospel (Romans 15:19).
And this power is founded upon a Kingdom, whose throne is righteousness and justice (Psalm 89:14). It is always in the context of exercising authority, while being under the authority of another (Matthew 8:9). A servant that is proven unfaithful to the will of the master, who goes around saying, “In the name of my master, whom I serve”, while not serving Him, will have that power taken away, and given to another.
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John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.
The Spirit of Revelation was Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:8, that God might grant it unto His people. Jesus operated by a Spirit of Revelation, through the ministering of angelic messengers (John 1:51, Luke 22:43, Luke 2:9, Mark 1:13). By way of revelation, because it is the revelation that makes it known to be followed, Jesus did only what He saw His father doing (Luke 5:19), and He spoke only what the Father gave Him to say (Luke 14:24). Jesus was not a “free” man unto Himself, He waited for His proper timing in everything, whereas for other people, any time was acceptable (John 7:6). In short, Jesus was a solder. He was a man under authority with others under Him (Matthew 8:9 — think angels, which is the only possible explanation of this passage in context with the Centurion to whose house Jesus never went). He didn’t operate as His own agent, but only out of the place of revelation to be about the business of His Father.
Not only did Jesus Himself operate in revelation, it was so important, that John the Apostle said that testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy (Revelation 19:10). It was by revelation, by means of a vision, that John received the last book of the New Testament, and revelation is a key factor in all of the books in between there and the Gospels. For, it was by revelation that Paul received all His great insights (Galatians 1:12).
Who is blind but My servant, or so deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?
When all around fades, and the only thing left is Him. When all background noises, and all distractions are stripped away, and you are only His flame (Psalm 104:4). When you see nothing but His purpose, and hear nothing but His voice.
There are many ways to move in the Kingdom’s power, but Jesus didn’t just come with a few simple nuggets, a few quick keys that might improve your ability to flow in the Spirit. His teaching wasn’t “pointers” for ministry, it was a yoke (Matthew 11:30).
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In case you want to know, it costs everything.
Jesus said, Unless you hate your life, you cannot be His disciple (Luke 14:26). He said that unless you forsake everything, you cannot be His disciple. He said, you will always love one and hate the other. Wavering between two opinions only lasts so long.
In case you want to know, it does cost everything. And, you can’t go back. If you look at the life of Lot, you can’t even LOOK back (Luke 17:32).
Consider it this way, you were dead in your transgressions and sins. There was nothing in your old flesh that could be patched up. God didn’t fix your heart, He gave you a new one!
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And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The question that comes around today in churches a lot is, How much authority does the believer have? As much as Jesus can trust you with.
All authority comes from God. God created government, stewardship, and the one authority structure that pertains to us everyone on the Earth today, the family. God delegates His authority, that is, He gives individuals the responsibility to manage certain things, and so much as they faithfully execute their duties, they are permitted to continue.
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