Kingdom.09 Power!

April 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm 7 comments

This subject may take several posts to accomplish as it will be the first time I have written my convictions related to the Holy Spirit.  Over the years I have been, I would like to think, maturing in my understanding of the Spirit, and the awesome potential there is for the Kingdom person to do what Jesus did to advance His Kingdom.  The teaching I received over the years related to the Holy Spirit was generally accurate and gave me a good understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit but it stopped short of the Father’s intention.  Without spending the time to define my previous theological perspectives on the Holy Spirit, it is enough to say I was trained as a cessationist, a view that says the manifestation gifts, sign gifts, or power gifts have ceased, that they are no longer for today.  (the sign gifts are listed in 1Corinthians 12:8-11)

For the Kingdom to come on earth, in the same way it is now in heaven, requires power.  Do we need less power to take Kingdom territory today than was needed in the time of the first Apostles?  That makes no sense at all.  1Corinthians 4:20 says; For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk but of power.  To the Galatian church, which was not led by any of the original apostles, (the argument for the ceasing of the gifts flows out of the conviction that the sign gifts were to authenticate the power of the original apostles) Paul writes in 3:5 …does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law of Moses? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. 

The Galatian church was really no different in leadership or agenda than our fellowships today and the power was available to them and so why not for us?  The most natural meaning of Galatians 3:5 is that God was working miracles in the Galatian church by the Holy Spirit and doing it through ordinary believers not through the apostles, what would make us think He no longer offers this power to the church today?  This is what we would expect considering what 1Corinthians 12 says-the Spirit gives to some in the churches “gifts of healing” and “workings of miracles.”

If power is not available to those of us who come after the original apostles, what would be the meaning of the words of Jesus in John 14:12?  Was He not serious when He said: …you will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to the Father…?  His going to the Father would mean the Spirit could come and bring the power to do what He did. Surely He didn’t just mean the people who heard His voice that particular day would be the ones to see greater manifestations of power than seen during His time on earth.

I do not doubt that there were unique expressions of Holy Spirit power displayed through the original apostles for that unique moment in history and in many ways that time period was foundational.  However there is no evidence that Holy Spirit power, in increasing measure, is not available to advance the Kingdom during these days.  The argument for the ceasing of the power gifts is theological and biblical gymnastics and works only if one refuses to accept the simple statements of Scripture.

There is no stronger principle in the Kingdom than this: all the power needed to advance the Kingdom is as available today as it has ever been.  Acts 1:8 When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power…  Luke 24:49 …but stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.  The connection between the Holy Spirit and power is unmistakable. What possible reason would the Father have for shutting off the power to His Family for these days?  Has the Spirit become impotent?  How absurd.

I am convinced that the reason why the church in America is largely ignored is not because we don’t do church well enough, or the preaching or music or programs are not good enough.  The reason why the institutional church is by and large irrelevant is because there is no power.  If there is no more healing, no more freedom for those in bondage, no more hearing for the deaf or sight for the blind or dare I say it, life for the dead, then what do we offer the world? (Luke 7:22-23)  Good programs? 

 

 

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  • 1. Carolyn Hearn  |  April 21, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Greg,
    For me it all goes back to..(paraphrased..it’s 2:30AM) Jesus Christ is the same..yesterday, today, forever!!!!

    Excellent post! Come visit us at Rivers when you’re in town!!!

  • 2. amanda  |  April 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    AMEN!!

  • 3. Cody Custer  |  April 19, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Greg,
    Thanks for all the great insight for me, from you. I see how much the Father has changed our mindset toward Him now that we are going at it with our spirtual ears listening for the Father’s voice. We are the only ones who will close off the flow of God’s power to manifest in and through us.
    Lets get on with it (the Kingdom).
    Cody

  • 4. Dennis  |  April 18, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Sometimes our exegeses Is eisegeses
    Or rather exit-jesus.
    Liberals try to find half baked natural reasons
    to explain away biblical miracles.
    Some of the rest of us try to find a biblical theology that gives us and excuse for our lack of power.
    Both have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.
    You’re getting it Greg. Buy the truth and sell it not. The nuggets are there. Keep digging. The Holy Spirit will open it up.

  • 5. Doug Wright  |  April 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I’m convinced that there will be a movement of the Holy Spirit through those who are available to hear and obey. To God be the honor and glory.
    I pray for eyes and ears to be open to the truth.

  • 6. John Willis  |  April 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    AMEN!!

  • 7. thedailylily  |  April 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I agree. Great blog. Share similar convictions at the http://www.thedailylily.com. Thanks.

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