October 23, 2015
We left off last week talking about Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1
and that's where we need to pick up again. Ever notice how he talks about
Father -- the God of our Lord Jesus Christ -- as being the Father of
Glory? Right. Then, twice in this same chapter he writes "that
we should be to the praise of His Glory." Let's talk about that for
phrase, "that we should be to the praise of His Glory who first trusted
is one that really gets missed in our understanding. We sort of know what
that means, but the Greek text really expresses it more clearly.
word translated, "praise," is not one that we would associate with
the Hebrew words for praise throughout the Old Testament. Here we have
the word, epainos, which is a contraction of the two
Greek terms, epi, and aineo. The first
word, epi, is a preposition which literally
The term, aineo, generally means: laudation,
to tell a story which magnifies or exalts.
see if we can put this together in a way that makes sense.
That we should so live our lives in such a way that we are
literally superimposed on and into the Lord Jesus Christ; that the story of our
lives and the transformation which has taken place magnifies, exalts and
demonstrates His Glory; that our story is the proof of our trust and
expectation of our redemption in and through the anointing of the Anointed One,
(Ephesians 1: 12, RAC Translation and Amplification)
that for a picture? The revelation of the Glory of the Lord to the world
is not some mystical or super-spiritual thing: it is the most practical and
real-world evidence of His presence, His anointing, His love, His empowering
grace and His supernatural authority at work in and through us.
me put it another way.
world treats itself and its societies as "normal." The truth is
that everything about the world, the societies of the day, and even the
religious structures of the day, are sub-normal. When we are transformed
by the power of God, we are restored to "normal." What the
world sees in the truly transformed believer is something
fact is, the Glory of the Lord, changes us so that we are naturally
supernatural. This is where we are heading! Many years, I started using a
phrase that Holy Spirit planted in me that I believe describes where we are
heading, and where we must be if the Glory of God is to fill the earth as we
see in the prophetic Word given to Moses.
Numbers 14:21: But as truly as I live, all
the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
picked up the same Word of the Lord and added to what Moses had heard:
Isaiah 40:5: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all
flesh shall see ittogether: for the
mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
phrase I have come to use is that in Christ, we have been designed to be
naturally supernatural, and supernaturally natural! We are regarded as
"supernatural" when in fact all that has happened is that restoration
to the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ has been taking place.
THAT is natural living! THAT is the real "normal."
society today has so degraded and slid into the muck and mire that the P.C.
Police tell us that we need to accept this as "the new normal."
It isn't new, and it isn't normal! It is living sub-normally,
sub-naturally, so far beneath what we were created for as to defy any kind of
normal spiritual thinking.
problem today is that we accept this sub-natural realm as normal. The
whole idea of the Glory is so far beyond today's thinking as to be something
out of science fiction! Robert Heidler was
sharing a couple weeks or so ago at Glory of Zion on the "normal"
that the body of Christ has come to accept, and I will borrow a bit of what he
norm in the body of Christ during the first couple of centuries was that the
Glory of God was on display. We had a fully functional five-fold ministry
with Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers -- a fully
operational picture of the five ministry facets of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Early in the fourth century, because Christians were still being persecuted and
Christianity was not widely acceptable, the Roman Emperor Constantine figured
out a way to make compromises with the pagan Roman society by dumping Christianity's
Jewish roots, banning any recognition of God's ordered Feasts, and getting rid
of the five-fold ministries.
changes that followed so altered the makeup of the body of Christ that
suddenly, the "congregation" became a passive onlooker while the
priests conducted "mysteries" and rituals that had nothing whatever
to do with Word of God. The Reformation reintroduced the concept of the
pastor, but the "pastor" was still nothing more than a re-named
priest who acted as the sole voice of God. Not until the Charismatic
Renewal began in the 1960's and 1970's did the (by this time) almost heretical
idea of the restoration of the five-fold ministry get re-introduced in the body
still, the "new normal" was nothing more than a shadow of what and
where Holy Spirit is bringing the body of Christ. And that's the
issue! This is why Paul wrote the following to the Ekklesia
Don't allow yourself, your mind, your thinking, your thought
processes and your character to become fashioned after the way of the world;
instead, allow a process of transformation -- renovation, restoration and
renewing -- to completely alter your way of thinking, your intellect, your
feelings and your understanding in order that you may apply the crucible so as
to assay, test, and prove for yourself that which is beneficial, that which
agrees with and is well-pleasing [to God], and that which completes and brings
to full maturity God's desire, purpose and destiny in and for you. (Romans 12:2,
RAC Translation & Amplification)
we see in the Word of God isn't some supernatural thing: it is living naturally
in Him. When Jesus uttered His phenomenal prayer in John 17, the crux of
His prayer was -- and is:
John 17:20-23: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall
believe on me through their word; That they all
may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that
they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent
me. And the Glory which thou gavest
me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I
in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the
world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved
may sound really strange -- and perhaps to some, almost heretical -- but bear
with me. There was NOTHING supernatural about Jesus! Everything
that He did was natural! The Word that He spoke, taught, prophesied and
lived was natural. It was the norm! The whole plan of redemption
was to restore us back to normal. And normal, folks, is exactly how we
were planned, executed, created, formed and breathed into with the zoe breath
and life of God in the beginning.
Glory of God was on display from the beginning. The Glory of God was on
display in the Garden of Eden. The Glory of God was on display when Adam
and Eve tended the Garden. The Glory of God was on display when Adam gave
character, nature, personality and makeup to each genus and specie of
animal. The Glory of God was on display during the two thousand or so
years that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden and caused it to grow, to multiply
and to begin to spread beyond its original boundaries. The Glory of God
for a few minutes some of the things that occur when the Glory is on display.
Creative miracles (we call them miracles, when in fact they are nothing but the
norm of the Word and the norm of Jesus Christ) take place regularly and
Authority over the weather is commonplace -- the ability to divert storms and
eliminate, or at least seriously mitigate, the damage of loss of life.
The need to be in more than one place at a time is easily solved by translation
in the realm of the Spirit -- we call it "Phillip
Transportation." (Bruce Allen likes to call it "Phillip
More and more individuals are experiencing what it means to step out of time
and into eternity and to see -- from God's perspective -- His unfolding Plan
and Purpose for His people.
The return of "transgender" individuals (who've come to realize that
their change of identity solved nothing of the huge void in their spirits)
instantly to their former selves.
Literally altering the landscape (e.g., moving mountains) by speaking the Word
as Jesus illustrated in Mark 11:23.
Simply speaking the word over a large group of people who need healing and
watching every single individual receive their healing is really a part of what
Jesus promised when He said, "The works that I do shall you do also, and greater works
than these shall you do because I go to my Father."
Regular appearances of the Hosts of Heaven -- particularly in crisis
situations, or when those ministering the Word are threatened by the Enemy --
are rapidly becoming more and more the "norm."
Even more prevalent as the Glory of the Lord is becoming manifested among the
Bride of Christ is the appearance of Jesus, Himself. More and more we are
seeing and hearing of the visible appearances of Jesus as a testimony to the
Word being ministered.
There are several recorded instances in the Word when Jesus simply shifted
dimensions and passed through the crowds without their being able to touch him,
even if He was visible. That kind of shifting is becoming more and more
manifested, and is a natural display of the Glory.
When we read of the Glory of the Lord being on display with Israel, or -- for
example -- the way that the Glory of God was so strong that the priests and the
praise and worshipers were unable to minister at the dedication of Solomon's
temple, we are talking about an event which is becoming, and will become, more
and more the norm as people focus on what the Glory is really all about.
about it! The Glory of God is simply the evidence of His manifested
presence among His people. How it manifests can, does, and will take more
forms than any of us can imagine. When God's people focus on Jesus, when
they focus on His heart's desires, when they focus on what He is looking for in
us, perspective changes.
years Della and I have had a theme that captions what we are all about, and
what the focus of our ministry is: "There
is no substitute for intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ!"
we began gathering back in the early 1990's at Trails' End in Post Falls, Idaho
with other worshipers, we didn't gather to "have church." We
didn't gather to sing a few songs, spend some time in fellowship and take time
for teaching. We gathered together with one -- and ONLY ONE -- objective:
to minister to the Lord.
course we had fellowship together. And, yes, we did occasionally take
time for some specific teaching as it related to what God was saying to
us. But the fellowship and the teaching were not a focus of why we
to the Lord was what we were all about. After five years of regular and
sometimes daily gatherings -- some of which would begin at 7:00 AM and continue
until 11:00 PM, or even 1:00 AM, with short breaks for lunch or dinner -- the
presence of the Lord became so intense at times that the Glory of the Lord
would manifest clearly. One time we experienced as a corporate group of
perhaps 20 or 25 people hearing the voice of the Lord speak audibly in our
revelations that poured forth by the Spirit were nothing less than astounding.
The spiritual growth that took place during that period catapulted us all into
dimensions that sometimes left us almost gasping for breath because of the awe
of His Presence.
is a story to share in this that I will take you to next week. We will
wrap up this series with next week's Coffee Break. (At least I think we
will -- smile!)
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