Vital Words to the Body of Christ
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"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
Jesus spake this to His disciples before He ascended off the earth. They were not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit anointing came upon them at the Day of Pentecost. This, Jesus proclaimed, was the "Power From on High". Jesus also disclosed that this was the promise of the Father. The promise of the Father was not a promise that the Father made. Instead, the promise was that the Father would come upon us. The Father is the power from on high. The Father is that promise.
By exploring certain words in the Bible, we have a clearer understanding of how God has dealt and continues to deal with His creation; MAN.
Jesus spoke to Nicodemus: "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" John 3:12 The heavenly things are the Spiritual things of Himself.
The only way we can understand the Spiritual or the deeper things in God is by the power from on high, or the Holy Spirit anointing, in our lives.
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27
The anointing will lead us into all truth and teach us all things. If we are to come to this place in God, we, first, must understand the anointing. The word anointing is not a New Testament word, nor did the Holy Spirit of God move only in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit moved mightily in the Old Testament, as well.
When we come to God, we must know that He is God and that God is Spirit. God is not a Spirit that has a Spirit (Holy Spirit). But God is the whole Spiritual realm of light. In Genesis 1:2, when the Spirit moved upon the face of the deep, it was the Holy Spirit of God that moved.
When we equate the Holy Spirit with the anointing that is upon our lives, there are three main areas that need to be addressed:
1 Who is the Father?
2 Who is the Holy Spirit?
3 Who are God's anointed ones?
The Word answers all these questions, if we only recognize these truths as God reveals them.
To bring more understanding of the anointing, we must begin with the Old Testament. The word anoint in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word MASHIAH. Mashiah means "to anoint, to smear or to consecrate." The word consecrate means "to set aside", especially for a particular purpose or reason.
When anointing was accomplished in the Old Testament, they would use oil or ointment. The oil was poured to anoint. The ointment was smeared or spread.
All the instruments used in Moses' tabernacle were anointed. These were anointed after first being sprinkled with blood. The sprinkling of blood cleansed it. The anointing was a sign that it was going to be used for the service of God.
When a person was anointed with the MASHIAH, they become the MASHIAH'S, or the anointed ones. When this word was translated from the Hebrew to the English, it was not translated, but transliterated MASHIAH to MESSIAH. The anointing ones were Messiahs.
In the Old Testament, God always used man to anoint with the ointment or oil. In the New Testament this anointing was not in the hands of man. God reserved this anointing power unto Himself.
The first mention of anointing in the New Testament was when God anointed John the Baptist in Elizabeth's womb. The next anointing was on the banks of the Jordan, approximately 30 years later, when the Father baptized Jesus and spake, "This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased".
When God's voice spoke to Jesus, "This is my Beloved Son", the question arises: "Who was Jesus' Father, or who was it that fathered Jesus?"
Over 700 years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would give birth to a son.
"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14
The name Immanuel means "God with us".
This young virgin lady was going to conceive and this conception was to be by God, Himself. This child that she was going to bring forth would be known as the Son of God.
Read Luke 1:26-35. Vs 32 tells us Jesus was to be called the Son of the Highest. He will occupy David's throne. He will rule over the house of Jacob (Israel) for ever.
The angel revealed unto Mary how this would happen. "The Holy Ghost will come upon you and the power of the Highest shall over shadow you." Vs 35.
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, the power from on high.
So, when the Father spoke, "This is my Beloved Son":, He truly was His natural son because it was the Spirit of God that had conceived Jesus in Mary's womb.
This was all attested to in Matthew 1:18-20.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When, as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost."
Three times God said that the Holy Spirit fathered Jesus. God's number of completeness is three. By this revealation, we know that the Holy Spirit is the Father.
"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." John 16:25
Jesus spake of a day when He would show us plainly of the Father. We live in that day that Jesus spake of when we can see the Father plainly.
When Jesus prayed, He prayed to the Father. He gave all recognition of the mighty works He performed to the Father. For 30 years, He was called Jesus. But when He stood on the banks of the Jordan River, the Spirit came upon Him in the form of a dove. This was the Spirit of the Father. From that time on, He was called "The Christ", the Anointed of the Father.
Jesus was also called the Messiah. Messiah is the Hebrew word for Christ. They both mean "the anointed one". When Jesus became the Christ, He gave all glory and honor to the Father. He took no credit for the works the Father did through Him.
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." John 5:19
Jesus recognized that, in His flesh, He could do nothing and that anything done in the flesh brought no glory to the Father. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing.
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself" but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." John 14:10
Jesus only spoke what the Father spoke through Him. Jesus was under the complete direction of the Father's anointing, the Holy Spirit in His life.
"Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent Me." John 8:15-16
Jesus states that He did not judge. but it was the anointing upon Him that judged, and that anointing was the Father.
When the Pharisees asked Jesus directly where His Father was, Jesus answered:
"Ye neither know Me, nor My Father: if ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also." John 8:19
The Pharisees, like so many today, desired to see physical evidence of what Jesus spoke. But Jesus' answer was: If you had known Me, then you would have known My Father also. You can't see My Father, because you don't know who I am. If you don't know Jesus, then you don't know who His Father is either.
Today, many who confess Jesus have no idea who the Father is. They, as the Pharisees, have no knowledge of the Father.
"All things are delivered unto Me of My Father" and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." Matthew 11:27
Matthew writes that the only ones who can know the Father are the ones to whom the Son reveals the Father. The only way we can know the Father is by the Spirit. Those who have been endued with power on high have received the promise of the Father.
Jesus spoke of the day He would show us plainly of the Father. Jesus recognized a greater one than Himself when the anointing of the Father came upon Him on the banks of the Jordan. This was the higher power in Jesus' life.
"Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you, If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father; for My Father is greater than I." John 14:28
Jesus further related this greater aspect of the Father in Matthew:
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: And whosoever speaketh a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him: But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." Matthew 12:31-32
The word blasphemy means "speaking evil against, speaking defamatory against". It also means that you give satan credit for what God is doing.
Jesus, speaking of the Holy Spirit, related, "You speak against me and you can be forgiven, but if you blaspheme the Holy Ghost, it will not be forgiven you, not in this world, nor in the world to come".This means blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven for all eternity.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin. This is recorded by every gospel writer, Mark 28:29, Luke 12:10, and in I John 5:16. Jesus recognized this higher power in His life. And that higher power was the power from on high (the Father, or the Holy Spirit) which are one with the Son, I John 5:7.
"He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me." John 14:24
Jesus related that the Father had sent Him. The word sent here is the word, PEMPO and means "to dispatch". God dispatched His son to be the Saviour of the world. This was not the only dispatching in Jesus' life. Everything Jesus said, everything Jesus did, everywhere Jesus went, was done through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and through the direction and the dispatching of the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove and rested upon Jesus, the Holy Spirit's direction drove Jesus into the wilderness. As soon as the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus, it started to direct His life. His ministry began with the Holy Spirit anointing.
The glory that was bestowed upon Jesus was always directed back to the Father. He never accepted any of the glory for anything He accomplished because whatever He did, the Father did it through Him. Whatever He spoke, the Father directed Him to speak. Jesus' answers were always perfect. The Holy Spirit directed His every action and word.
"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:28
Jesus' authority to cast out demons was under the direction of the Holy Spirit of God.
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; For God was with Him." Acts 10:38
All that Jesus did was by the anointing. Outside of the Holy Spirit, Jesus had no power.
Jesus is the example for our lives. If we are going on in God, than we need to get there by, and through, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only way to God.
Everything that Jesus spoke, everything that Jesus did, all the miracles of healing, the casting out of demons, all His acts of judgment, were by, and through, the Holy Spirit anointing, the Father, the power from on high. He left us His life as an example of a Spirit directed life so that we may follow that example.
There are many still worshiping Jesus in the flesh. They are worshiping Him as the Good Shepherd. They still worship Him hanging on the cross. They are worshiping Him in their lives as they knew Him in the flesh.
It is time that we get our eyes off Jesus' flesh, and get it on the anointing that directed His life. We need to know that the same Holy Spirit who directed Jesus' life is still directing lives in the earth today. To have this walk in God, we must be totally separated from the world.
Jesus' life was a sacrifice unto God. Our lives must be a sacrifice, also. The anointing that was on the sacrifice was more important than the sacrifice. Jesus came to be the sacrificial Lamb of God. Paul stated that our lives, too, should be a sacrifice unto God.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
Our lives must be directed by the power of the Spirit of the Living God. Our lives must parallel Jesus' life. Our lives must be in total submission to that power that came upon the sacrifice, the Lamb of God. If we are to be a sacrifice unto God, our lives must be under the control and power of the Holy Spirit.
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:" John 1:12
Many are proclaiming sonship when they receive forgiveness of sin and are baptized. But Jesus said that the ones who received Him were the ones He gave the power to become the sons of God. The ones who are keeping the commandment to love and are overcoming things of the world in their lives and are putting satan under foot are the ones who will receive sonship. And no one will come into that sonship without the Holy Spirit.
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His." Romans 8:9
Many have received the forgiveness of sin, but until they come into a Holy Spirit walk and put on Christ (the Holy Spirit) as their head, they will never enter into sonship, or the Kingdom. Before any of this can take place in their lives, they must be endued with power from on high.
Jerusalem represents the "true place of worship". Jesus tells us to remain in that true place of worship until we receive that power from on high.
The word endued is ENDUO and means "to put on as clothes." The word ENDUO is translated many times as clothes. Jesus says to put on the Holy Ghost. We are also told to put on the whole armor of God, Ephesians 6. The Holy Spirit is our whole armament of God.
Just as Jesus was endued with the power from on high, we, also, are going to be endued with that same power. Jesus was given the power from on high without measure, John 3:34. We have been endued with the first fruits, or the down payment. This is the power to bring us into sonship. Jesus gave us this power that we may become the sons of God - - - not that we are sons automatically, but that we may become sons.
How can we "become" sons? This cannot be done on our own. We must have the enabling power of the Holy Ghost in our lives. We must constantly search and seek for the Holy Ghost's guidance.
Jesus remained in the "true place of worship", never receiving any glory, honor or recognition for His mighty works. He turned all attention to His Father, the Holy Spirit anointing in His life.
The anointing in our lives is the only hope that we have of glory.
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
Our hope of glory is not in the fact that we received forgiveness of sins, or that we were baptized in water. Our hope is Christ dwelling in us, directing our lives, ordering our steps, and us learning His ways. Our hope of glory is the Father's anointing.
Jesus was the "Anointed One" while He was on the earth, but we are the "anointed ones" in the earth today.
Anyone who has come into a place of repentance, has received the gift of the shed blood (forgiveness of sins), and has been baptized can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit. You can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit before baptism, but it usually comes after baptism. Acts 19:4-7. [see "Where are You in the Kingdom" and "Repentance to Our Promise Land" by George Kirkpatrick] There are only two requirements: You must desire it and you must ask for it.
Many have been taught they must receive some physical sign of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, in particular, speaking in tongues, or manifest one of the other gifts. The gifts are not to prove to the world and those in the assembly that you received the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for ministry and administration to profit withal, or to be a profit to all, I Corinthians 12:7.
The proper way of knowing if someone has received the infilling of the Holy Spirit is to look for the FRUIT in their lives. If there is no evidence of fruit, there is no infilling. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is our power to overcome the world.
Jesus proclaimed, "I have overcome the world." He didn't say that He had made an agreement with the world so that the world and He could coexist. He overcame the world. The world had no effect on His life.
The Holy Ghost in a person's life gives him the power to overcome the worldly things.
Many, who proclaim the Holy Spirit infilling, still desire the worldly things. We have not overcome the world if we still desire those things in our lives.
The Holy Spirit came to give direction in our lives. Jesus is our example of the Holy Spirit direction in the flesh, so that the flesh may be overcome and that we may have the power to become the sons of God.
Jesus said, "I have overcome the world." How did Jesus overcome the world? The same way we can overcome the world, through the Holy Spirit direction in our lives; by speaking and doing only that which the Holy Spirit directs us to speak and do.
Jesus was not our only example of this Holy Spirit direction in people's lives. The men in the early church were directed mightily by the Holy Spirit.
Let's look at some examples of the Holy Spirit working in the early church:
". . .Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost." Acts 6:5
"And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people." Acts 6:8
Stephen was endued with power from on high, and by this power, he did miracles among the people.
"And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake." Acts 6:10
Philip was directed by the Spirit.
"Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot." Acts 8:29
The Spirit directed Peter,
"While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee." Acts 10:19
Peter, revealing this later, spake in Acts 11:12.
"And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:"
The Spirit spoke many times to the early church. The Spirit moved in other areas, also.
"And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar." Acts 11:28
The Spirit moved upon Agabus to speak the great dearth that was coming. This was not prophecy as many would call it today, but it was the Spirit of revelation that Paul wrote of in Ephesians 1:17.
Paul's ministry was directed by the Holy Spirit.
"After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not." Acts 16:7
Paul intended to go to Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit stopped him.
"And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem." Acts 21:4
Again, Paul's direction was changed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has the power to translate or move people bodily. When Philip had baptized the eunuch, he was translated many miles away.
"And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing." Acts 8:39
We see this same translating power working in Jesus' life.
"And he entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But He saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received Him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went." John 6:17-21
Immediately, the ship was at the other side of the sea. That whole ship, all of its passengers, its cargo, everything, was instantly translated across the sea.
The book of Acts is called the "Acts of the Apostles", but truly it should be called the "Acts of the Holy Spirit". God's people have so limited God because they do not have the faith to use the power that is available through the Holy Spirit in their lives. Man is still using enticing words, such as their testimonies and words of fear, to get others to follow them.
Paul revealed in his letter to the Corinthians:
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:" I Corinthians 2:4
There are those, today, who have used this power and turned it to their own glory, instead of returning the glory to the Father as Jesus, our example, did. When we want the glory for what the Holy Spirit accomplishes through us, we must remember the words God spoke through Isaiah:
"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
Paul related the same thing in I Corinthians 4:7:
"For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?"
If we have received the power from on high, why do we act like we have not received it? And why do we want the glory for what the Holy Spirit does through us, as though we are something special? Paul won multitudes to the Lord by using this power, not to bring glory unto himself, but to the Father.
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." I Corinthians 2:11
How are you learning about the things of God? Is it by the Holy Spirit indwelling, or by the teachings of men?
"And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." Ephesians 2:16-18
Our only access to the Father is through the Spirit.
Jesus, through the body on the cross, reconciled us to the Father. Now we have access to the Father only by the Spirit. When Jesus was on the earth, He said that there would be a day coming when He would show us plainly of the Father.
That day Jesus was talking about is now. It is being done through the Spirit. He is revealing Himself through the Spirit to His people. The Father is the power from on high.
"At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 14:20-23
The Father has made His abode with us since the Day of Pentecost, when the promise of the Father came upon the early church.
By this anointing, we become one with the Father through the Spirit. Judas asked, "How is it that you can manifest yourself unto us and not manifest yourself unto the world?" The world does not have an anointing of the Father, and the Father has not, nor will He, manifest Himself to the world.
"For the Father, Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God." John 16:27
The Father, Himself, loves us because we love Jesus.
We want God's indwelling in us. Before this can happen, we must completely die to self and the flesh. We must die on the cross. Jesus told us to pick up the cross if we are going to follow Him. If we are to come into His image and likeness and receive the glory that Jesus revealed was coming upon His body, then the flesh and carnal nature must be destroyed. He has given us the power to become the sons of God. That power is the POWER FROM ON HIGH.
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