We got to get ourselves back to the garden.

June 4, 2007 at 9:48 pm 1 comment

In my last post I attempted to demonstrate how dependence on the Holy Spirit would enable us to do what Jesus did.  Jesus set aside His deity and functioned as a person, just like us, but fully and completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit for the power to do miracles.  As we are fully submitted to the power of the Holy Spirit we are enabled to do “greater things then He did…”  Jesus’ return to heaven freed the Spirit to enter into all who by faith invite His presence, enabling men and women, boys and girls to function in the supernatural in the same way Jesus did.

Years ago Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sang these words in their song “Woodstock: We are stardust, we are golden, we are a billion year old carbon and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.  Did they know they were singing the desire of all creation?  Built into every human being, and perhaps all of creation, is a desire to return to the place of dominion and authority-the garden of Eden and all it represents.

Here is what I am talking about.

The Creator God had a plan for His highest creation to rule over what He had created.  When the first human beings forfeited to satan, their ruling authority over the Garden, some pretty dramatic things took place.  Most notably human creation became the slave and possession of the evil one. 

Everything that God had given to Adam and Eve to rule over now became part of satan’s rule.  At this point God’s predetermined plan of redemption kicked in, in the form of Jesus, the second Adam, who would come to reclaim what was forfeited by the first Adam. 

That plan, instituted at the moment of Adam and Eve’s failure and banishment from the Garden, has never been withdrawn.  When Jesus came to this earth as a fully human man, His death on the cross paid the penalty for sin and began the process of reclaiming what was lost.  Since that day human kind has been on a journey to “get back to the garden.” Jesus came to recapture men and women from bondage to sin but He also came to recapture their dominion over this planet, a dominion currently held by satan.

Satan knew dominion, the authority to rule, was his and he knew to keep it something would have to be done about Jesus, who he clearly knew was God incarnate and was keenly aware of why He had come.  That is why he tried to tempt Jesus to give up on the goal of reclaiming dominion.  All this authority, satan said to Jesus, I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me and I give it to whomever I wish.  Therefore, if you will worship me, all will be yours. (Luke 4:6-7)  Satan knew dominion was his and he knew he could give it away.  He had not stolen authority to rule it was fumbled to him by Adam and Eve.

What satan is saying to Jesus is “I know what You are here for and I know You came for the Keys to the Kingdom. Worship me and I will give them up without a fight”.  Satan was offering Jesus a shortcut to the inevitable goal of recapturing the keys to the authority to rule that were lost through the sin of the first human beings.  This was not satan’s first attempt to get God to worship him.  The first time got him booted from heaven.

Since it was a man who forfeited the keys to rulership, God wanted a Man to recapture them so Jesus emptied Himself of the perrogatives of deity, took the limitations of man and died and by His death and resurrection made possible the return of human beings to the Garden and full authority over creation.

Jesus said as much in the Great Commission: All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore…  Jesus is saying “I got back every thing that was lost, now it’s yours. Go use it to reclaim creation.”

We were born to rule over creation, over darkness and to take out satan and his forces of evil and reestablish rule over creation.  We do that by proclaiming the message of Jesus: Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, cast out demons, give as freely as you have received.  (Matthew 10:8) We do that by exposing and undoing the works of satan.  Power from the God of power has been freely given to us and we are to freely give it away by assuming authority over the evil one who’s goal is to destroy, steal and kill (John 10:10) all the intentions of the Creator for His creation.

Isn’t that something?

Being a follower of Jesus is decidedly more important than going to a church service, doing a new Bible Study, serving on a church committee of some kind.  Some how we have gotten the idea we are to just hold on, stay out of as much trouble as possible and wait for Jesus to come back and get us out of the mess we are in.

Our salvation is so much bigger and more important than that.  We have the authority and the means to invade impossible situations and trample all over the forces of hell on the way to full domination of the enemy. 

Unfortunately most of us are spending our time wondering how we can “do church” better so more people will want to join us in waiting passively around for Jesus to come back. 

Some people think getting ourselves back to the garden is more important.

(For more information on this subject see When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson)

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Entry filed under: Authority, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

Thinking about miracles. The one and only way to please the Father.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Doug Wright  |  June 5, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    We should desire to live in the fullness of Gods intention and direction. This should not be the goal but ones spiritual desire. Trained from early ages we bring our theory and beliefs regardless to scriptural truth. How adaptable then is our current state of being? Individual preconceived notions with strong ties to teachings. Considerable numbers of us have had teachers who have been (right or wrong) doctrinally ordained on how it really is in this modern day world. There is resistance to understand the dynamics of what God still wants to do through His people. Resistance to recognize Gods will for today places us dangerously close to becoming the inflexible Pharisee of this modern day. Some of us bring skepticism on healing, tongues and baptism. (The list can go on.)
    Pray revival in our midst. Pray for direction and the strength to search for truth.

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