March 15, 2013
Yeah, you know, those four-inch in diameter old fashioned kind with the holes
in the middle and the frosting on the outside. Got a bunch of them on hand for
today’s discussion. Uhh Ohh.
They’re not on my change-of-diet. Shhhhh…..don’t tell
Della. Shelley went to Safeway and brought them home. We’re supposed to be in
the middle of a major diet change. Gotta lose some of
this flab and get back in shape again.
grab them before somebody else does. Pour yourself a nice 16-ouncer of Dark
Roasted Columbian while you’re at it.
any preliminaries, reminiscing or new adventures, let's get right back into our
discussion on the Seven Spirits of God as the expression of Jesus' onoma -- His character, His makeup, His likeness.....the
very essence of Who He is!
wrapped our last Coffee Break by saying that because the Spirit of Grace and
Supplications was at work during the whole act of Creation, He was involved in
the selection and ordaining that we should be placed as full-grown, mature and
commissioned sons of God alongside the Lord Jesus Christ as His heirs and
word translated “adoption” in the KJV is taken from the Greek: huiothesia. This is the word
which denotes the giving and granting of equal status as trusted “sons”
legally. We’ve already discussed this in the past, but the word huios is
distinguished from teknon –
also translated as “son” and nepios.
A teknon is
any son between the age of 12 and 30 who is yet (as Paul describes in
Galatians) under tutors and governors “until the time appointed of the father.”
A nepios is
a child under the age of 12 who has no recognized voice of experience or
authority to speak, and is therefore regarded as “not speaking.” (There are two
other Greek words which describe a newborn babe, and one who has not yet been
weaned from the milk, but I won't get into those today.)
designates one who has reached the “time appointed of the father” and is
recognized as someone who can speak for the father with his authority and
exercise the father’s power.
Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, the Father spoke from Heaven and used
the same phraseology the Jews were accustomed to hearing when a son reached
“the time appointed of the father.” That phraseology was, “This is my Beloved
in Whom I am well pleased.”
Spirit of Grace and Supplications was being manifested on that occasion since “sonship” was officially granted. Jesus became the
officially recognized “Son of God” in that moment. The Spirit of Grace and
Supplications has been tasked with seeing that we are “holy and without blame
before Him [The Father] in love.”
His objective is to so work in our lives that we become transformed “to the praise of the glory of His grace” in order that we become accepted, recognized and commissioned as “Sons of God” – heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
Spirit of Grace was at work in Jesus Christ when He redeemed us from the curse
through His Blood, forgave all of our sins and iniquities, and – together with
the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation – poured Himself into us in such a way that
we would manifest the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
demonstrates how the Spirit of Grace and Supplications was at work in Jesus in
the following statements:
John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
John 1:16-17: And of his fulness have all we
received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace
and truth came by Jesus Christ.
in Acts, Luke tells us the following:
Acts 4:33: And with great power gave the apostles witness of
the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
to the Romans, the apostle Paul says:
Romans 3:21-26: But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of
God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all
them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through
the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to
be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance
of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:
that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
you seeing the picture? The Spirit of Grace and Supplications was at work in
Jesus Christ in order to bring redemption to us. The Spirit of Grace releases
and declares the Word to us in such a way that we hear the rhema and
faith is generated in us in the Blood of Jesus.
often quote Paul’s statement in Romans 4:17 as our authority for “calling those things that be not as though they were”, but we need to see
the context of that statement.
Romans 4:16-17: Therefore it is of
faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might
be sure to all the seed; not to that only which
is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the
father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many
nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth
those things which be not as though they were.
do you see it? Faith is released by the Spirit of Grace and Supplications so
that the promise of this authority can be made “sure to all the seed” of
Spirit of Grace and Supplications is the driving force of faith.
wrap up this part of our discussion with a look at what Paul writes in his
letter to the Hebrews.
Hebrews 4:14-16: Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed
into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For
we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without
sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
boldness that drives our faith – that same faith that enables us to come before
the Throne of Grace – is empowered within us by the Spirit of Grace. The Throne
of Grace is that same Throne John describes (and we’ve talked about this
before) in Revelation 1.
Revelation 1:4: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto
you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and
from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
word translated “before” in the KJV in this verse comes from the Greek enopion, which means: in the place of and occupy.
the Throne of Grace is the same Throne which all Seven Spirits of God are in
the place of, and occupy. This is why we can come boldly before this Throne and
receive the grace we need for any and every situation.
move on, now, to the sixth of the Seven Spirits of God.
a previous Coffee Break, we discussed the fact that Truth was fundamental to
Jesus' onoma --
that Truth was the dynamic which went forth when the first words of creation
were uttered, "Let
there be light." We talked about the fact that it was
Truth which clothed Adam and Eve so long as they were in the place of intimate
relationship with the Lord God -- that they were stripped naked of Truth when
they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Pivotal to Jesus'
essence, His character and makeup, is The Spirit of Truth. Without repeating
all that I've written on Truth in previous Coffee Breaks, let me share the
time we see the word, "truth," used in the New Testament as it
relates to either the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit, the Greek
word, aletheia, or its counterpart, alethos, is used. Aletheia represents: verity, the true state of
things, reality, absolute certainty; truth as a personal excellence; that
candor of mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood
or deceit; that which does not hide or conceal the actual reality. Beyond
these definitions, Thayer states that, "aletheia is opposed to
superstitions, inventions of the mind, opinions and precepts."
we have stated, therefore, on previous occasions, Truth is not a collection of
facts, nor the reciting of history, nor a compilation of events, nor the
quoting of Scriptures. Each of these things -- facts, history, a recitation of
events, or the quoting of Scriptures -- can be used and constructed in such a
manner as to convey a lie.
an earlier Coffee Break, we noted how Satan quoted Scriptures to deceive, and
to create a picture for Jesus which was absolutely false. Yet he quoted the
Scriptures accurately. The problem was not in the Scriptures but in that spirit
that attempted to communicate them.
years ago, a sister called me who had been suffering debilitating pain from a
degenerative bone condition. She was shouting with joy over the realization
that while there were certain medical facts pertaining to her physical
condition, they were only facts -- they were not the Truth. After grasping the
Truth that Jesus had taken her diseases with Him on the cross, that by those stripes
which He suffered, she had been healed nearly two thousand years ago, she was
able to gain a large measure of freedom from the pain and began to move about
with a liberty she had not seen in months.
the days and weeks which followed, she realized that each time she focused on
the Truth and agreed with the Truth instead of the medical facts, she
experienced marked change: the pain would virtually vanish, she would be able
to get up and move about with amazing mobility, and she was able to rest at night
without interruption -- something which had been impossible for a long time.
you see the picture? While the medical facts in the situation certainly
existed, they were facts isolated from the Truth -- facts which by themselves
communicated a condition which was the polar opposite of what Jesus was saying,
and did. The same can be said of those who quote Scriptures to validate some
teaching or doctrinal position.
McKenzie, a friend for more than fifty-five years, close brother (he and I used
to be called "the Bobbsey twins") and
co-laborer in the gospel with whom I have ministered off and on in the past,
once made a statement which has stayed with me, "Things are not what they seem to be: they're what God says they
are." No statement could more accurately portray the
difference between "facts" and the Truth.
Truth is not what has been said. The Truth
is not some Bible verse or group of Scriptures. The Truth is
what Jesus is saying! Truth is always current. Truth is always
alive. Truth communicates Life! The Spirit of Truth will often take Scriptures
to testify as a "second witness" to that which He is saying,
but the attempted use or application of those Scriptures apart from what He is
saying -- now -- can convey a false picture which may be diametrically opposed
to what the Spirit is saying.
the difference? Words and letters on a piece of paper -- even if they are words
and letters which communicate a picture of what Jesus may have said and done in
the past -- are no substitute for a living relationship. Jesus Christ, our
Bridegroom, is not just some historical figure who lived in the past. He is
alive, now! Why in the world would anyone want to relegate our Bridegroom, our
counterpart and other self, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to that
which was written about Him?
soon as you do, you turn what is supposed to be a twenty-four-hour-per-day
living, breathing, on-going-communicating relationship into a religion. The
Bible is not "The Word!" Jesus Christ is The Word!
put it this way, "All
Scripture is God-breathed and advantageous and profitable for teaching, for
conviction, for correction, for [the] discipline which [comes] in
righteousness, that the man of God may be complete and fully fitted for that
excellence with which he is occupied." (II Timothy 3:16-17
-- my translation)
you get it? Do you understand the significance of this statement? The phrase, "for [the] discipline which [comes] in righteousness," makes
clear the fact that the Scripture is "advantageous and profitable"
for those who are dikaiosune: walking
(currently living) in an ongoing state or condition of rightly-related personal
the Lord. One does not walk with words on a piece
of paper; they walk with someone who is alive and personally close! The
Scripture, therefore, has been given for the purpose of witnessing to
and with that which Jesus Christ is saying to us personally.
Gotta stop there for today. There's a whole lot more
to share on the Spirit of Truth, and that's where we'll continue next week.
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