Material of Bible School “The anointing of abundance and excess”, Kiyv
Course: “ The Glory”
Part 1. Obedience to the Lord Jesus
Lesson 8: The obedience of the Lord Jesus in the aspect of spiritual gifts
The memory verse of this message: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Repeating the main points 6 and 7 lessons
1. Spiritual gifts - for the realization of tasks from the Lord
2. "I never knew you"
Repeating the main points of lesson 6
Repeating the the main points lesson 7
«…and in thy name have cast out devils?...» (Matthew 7:22).
Mind of the born again can present the work of power in the name of Jesus as his immediate obedience to the Lord: «They are obedient and come out, because you obey the Lord». And occasionally it will be heard from the mouth of the people. Attention!
Obedience should be based on miracles, but miracles should be the fact that it accompanies obedience. And not miracles as the goal itself.
1. Spiritual gifts - for the realization of tasks from the Lord
Therefore, to prophesy, to cast out demons or to release people from the power of Satan, to do miracles of healing or demonstration of power of the Holy Spirit, the whole manifestation of spiritual gifts of God to man - is unquestionable will of God, which is written in the Scriptures and fixed by blood of the Lamb of God.
To consolidate I'll give another example. I have a daughter that I love, and she loves me, we do not hide our love from each other. In our family, there are a simple rules: leave shoes and outer clothing in the hallway, to clean bed without throwing clothes on the floor, maintaining cleanliness in every room, not to forget to turn off the light and gas, when they are not in use. These are the rules for the family.
Also, every day I have a request for my daughter: go to the store and buy ..., call back and then find out ..., and similar tasks. Using family money by using light, paid by me, using the resources of the family, she realizes my tasks. Attention! These duties are not family rules, moreover, they are different every day.
Question: «What is expressed in direct obedience to me as your father? In carrying out the family rules, or my assignments?». In carrying out my assignments.
In the kingdom of the Lord, there are rules for living too, by which His subjects' available certain benefits. Many of the rules are presented in the constitution of the New Testament - in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, 7.). And the spiritual gifts contribute to life in the kingdom of the Lord Jesus. But, as in the Sermon on the Mount, and in all the Scriptures are not presented direct assignments that will give everyone by the Lord Jesus. The born-again, living in His kingdom, began to study and practice the spiritual tools for realizing the tasks, which in their view are correct.
This is similar to the way you have been given carpentry tools for you to do a wardrobe, and you make beautiful stool. What you do, you like, but it's not what the customer wants.
The question arises: «What is the main reason for this deviation from obedience to the Lord in His kingdom?».
But the light from the light bulb - not an indicator of your obedience to the contract with "Regional Energy Station", and the rate of correct use electrocommunications.
In my whole life I can use my spiritual equipment for good works, for which the people will bless me and give thanks, but at the same time be absolutely disobedient to the Lord Jesus. In other words, living in His kingdom and His being His subject, I will do what I think is right.
Every born-again in the application of spiritual gifts can achieve a lot, and people will be delighted, but still be disobedient to God's will for his life. It is written: «How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?» (John 5:44). For them it was important to get attention and appreciation of people. And people told them that God is with them, but not the Lord Jesus. Attention! Look at what respected teacher Nicodemus had said. In connection with spiritual rebirth, his words can be seen as words of a mind that is insufficiently renewed. Here's what he said: «…we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him» (John 3:2). Notice, for Nicodemus, wonders were a measure of how much a person is obedient to God. In his thoughts he was guided by appearances. Incidentally, this what not enough a renewed mind says.
Now listen to what the Spirit of God said through Jesus the Son of God: «Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God» (John. 3:3). Attention!
Attention! If you prophesy according to the word of God, if you pray in Jesus' name and the demons come out if you perform miracles in the name of Jesus, it does not mean your immediate obedience to the Lord Jesus. It speaks about the power of authority and power of Jesus' name, and the word of God.
2. «I never knew you»
So, the work and results of the action of spiritual gifts are not talking about obedience to the Lord Jesus.
We read: «And then (when they will be among the goats) will I profess unto them…» (Matthew 7:23), considering what He has said earlier, He speaks about believers from His kingdom. «will I profess unto them, I never knew you …» (Matthew 7:23), the word «never» speaks quite clearly that never, throughout their career, he did not know them.
«will I profess unto them, I never knew you…» (Matthew 7:23). From their words, we know that whatever they did, they have done in His name, and Jesus at the same time none of them knew. Yes, the children of God in their mind think that if the demons obey them in Jesus' name, the manifestation of the power of the Lord Jesus, thus speaks of their obedience to the Lord. But it means thet obedience to the devils name of Jesus, but not necessarily about the obedience of the one who uses it.
Question: "And they knew the Lord?". Yes, they knew what was available to them through His name. Yes, they were aware of their spiritual heritage. Yes, they knew that they are the children of God and subjects of the Lord Jesus. They not only knew, but also actively used their faith, and that was evident in their lives and in the ministry.
Attention! A mind that is not completely updated, gets confused through the word "know."
In our mind it is regarded as: it is enough to repent and do something good. No. Jesus sees the word "know" only through fellowship with Him and execute His orders. When they got into the book of life, it does not mean that after that they can do whatever they want. He became their king and their God.
This is evident from the following words of the Lord: «And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?» (Luke 6:46). Implementation of what He says, actually is a direct obedience to Him. As it is written: «...But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me» (John 10:26-27). From the words of the Lord is clear that every born-again, who does not want to hear, and to obey to the words of his Lord - Jesus, are not of His sheep.
And the following words of Jesus will be shocking: «…depart from me, ye that work iniquity» (Matthew 7:23). It is surprising that what they have done in Jesus' name, He called the «lawlessness».
Scripture says: «Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law» (1 John 3:4). What did the participants of the covenant with God, did in the eyes of the people was not a sin, it was according to the Scriptures, and as the Jews said: «…How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?...» (John 9:16), and further: «…Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth» (John 9:31), so said the Jews, but the true evaluation of their behavior gave their King and Lord.
Attention! It turns out, the born again through the use of spiritual gifts may enter the sheepfold, bypassing the gatekeepers. Let's read these teachings of the Lord: «Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out» (John 10:1-3).
No matter what good did the born again in the Lord's kingdom, and the consequences of what he did in the midst of His sheep if his actions are not coordinated with the Lord Jesus, they are not the direct expression of His will: «…for without me ye can do nothing » (John 15:5).
Yes, there is a period of time when all what the child is doing, is covered by the grace and love of the parents, but the time will come when parents will say to him: «We ask you, all that you are going to do, consult first with someone who feeds you, clothes and provides you - with their parents.» For him, comes a time when the recognition of the fact that they - his parents, reflected in the fact that it takes into account the will of the parents before make a decision what to do and what not to do. Attention!
Not in the light of good works, not in the light of the results produced by spiritual gifts, but only in the light of His will and His purposes for that person personally. But, as I mentioned above, the participants of the covenant sometimes are so addicted to application spiritual gifts that, seeing what they produce, see themselves and their obedience to the Lord, in the light of their manifestations. Yes, what they are doing in the name of Jesus, produces results, faith grows, their ministry to people through faith in Jesus' name is growing and they are increasingly looking at the results, as a manifestation of their obedience to the Lord Jesus . But it's their faith in Jesus' name, and not the direct obedience to Him.
Then the question arises: «So, not cast out the demons?». Cast out. So, do not do miracles? Do. So, do not prophesy? Prophesy.
But there is something that you need to put in the foundation of all these spiritual practices in His kingdom among His sheep.
We are not saying that it is not necessary to build a house, but lay the foundation. We are not saying that to paint the picture is not necessary, but prepare high-quality canvas. We are not saying that it is not necessary to buy the car, but let it have a powerful engine.
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