Understanding the Spiritual Realm
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." – Ephesians 6:10
We are surrounded by a massive spiritual world which can have powerful influence on the physical world we live in. Out of all that God created, mankind is the only creature capable of functioning in both the natural and spiritual realms simultaneously. It therefore falls to mankind to bring these two worlds together. This remarkable ability of man, to bring spiritual realities into the physical universe, is why sin could only enter the world through a man (Romans 5:12). It's also why salvation and redemption could only be purchased by a man. Jesus had to come in human form in order for God’s eternal will to be made manifest on the earth and He therefore became the only mediator between God and mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). God ordained that human beings would have the dominion of this physical universe. What we allow or disallow stands.
As believers in Jesus, we are commissioned to bring heaven's truth and reality to this physical world. We are supposed to be able to hear God’s voice, be filled with His power, and respond to His Spirit. Unfortunately, the largest portion of the church is in a state of unbelief when it comes to these things. We have mixed the gospel with the traditions of men, which is what Paul said would empty the cross of its power for us (1 Corinthians 1:17). For the most part, the church has a form of godliness but without power (2 Timothy 3:5). We need to pursue the true gospel of Jesus by including the confirming signs, wonders, and miracles in its proclamation. Listen to what Paul says about his preaching of the gospel.
Romans 15:18-20 (NIV)18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
The full proclamation of the gospel needs to include signs, wonders, and the power of the Spirit of God. A purely vocal or philosophical rendering of the gospel significantly reduces its efficacy. Jesus specifically told His disciples not to preach until they had been endowed with power from the Holy Spirit. In fact, every time Jesus sent anyone to go and preach He always required them to demonstrate their message with power. He authorized them to use kingdom power in the proclamation of kingdom truth.
When Jesus sent the Twelve, He said: Matthew 10:7 As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. They continued to obey this command many years after Jesus crucifixion see (Acts 5:15-16) and (Acts 19:11) as examples.
When Jesus commissioned the seventy, He said: Luke 10:8 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'
When Jesus commissioned the church, He said: Mark 16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
In the following series, we will investigate how we can grow in faith, and we’ll explore some practical things we can do to develop strong spirits. We will look into how we can cooperate with our glorious king to establish His kingdom here among us. Join us on this journey of discovery and participate with us in the practical exercises to follow. They will make a difference in your life.
Join us on this journey of discovery as we talk about how to grow in spiritual understanding.