By now you have read a lot about Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross. You’ve read the promises of the prophets that point to Him. You’ve read that He confirmed that He had come to fulfill those promises. You’ve read that He said “it is finished” and “it is done”. You’ve also read the words of the NT letters written by Paul in which he speaks of the consequences of the cross in a past tense (not as a future event yet to come).
I hope that through the knowledge of Him your measure of faith has greatly enlarged. I hope that by constantly beholding Him, you have changed and hopefully you have come to understand who you are because of Him.
Jesus Christ overcame sin and death, so that we might mature into children of God, and through Him we – the church of believers – would become His fullness on the earth and rule over sin and death and in this way make known God’s many sided wisdom to rulers and authorities in Heavenly places.
You’ve seen and read the scriptures behind all these bold statements, I don’t need to repeat them again here.
Now that we have a clear picture of Who He is, we are able to see ourselves and we may be ready to accept our identity as children of our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ has done the work on the cross and through faith we are children of God. Jesus Christ has enabled us to fulfill the commands of God given in Genesis which was to subdue the earth (which means to look after it) and to rule and have dominion over sin (and death)…
Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
And Jesus Christ gave us the “keys” to do this…
Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven;
and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in Heaven;
and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven
If we understand all that Jesus Christ has loosed in Heaven, then there is no limit to what we can loose and declare lawful on Earth! If we understand what He has defeated and conquered in Heaven, we will realize what we must declare unlawful and improper here on earth.
Perhaps now we can also more easily understand this teaching about prayer that Jesus Christ gave us. At first He demonstrates the power of His words, then He explains how that power works. This is how the disciples learned, by observing His walk and then copying it in their own lives…
Mar 11:14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
Mar 11:21-23 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
Mar 11:24-25 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Let’s dig through some of these phrases…
“whoever says to this mountain” – That mountain that Jesus Christ was referring to, was the same one that Isaiah was speaking about. Jesus was at the foot of the mountains in the most northern part of Israel, above the Sea of Galilee, where the mountains blocked the return of Isaiah’s people from exile. Isaiah spoke of these mountains as symbols of sin and death. Jesus Christ was also using these mountains as symbols of sin and death. His instruction is to command the mountains (of sin and death) to be removed out of the way.
“believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” – Time and again the key is to have faith like Abraham, a sure firm faith which does not waver and does not take into account the state of the world around us. We must believe without doubting in order to receive. But it’s not a merry positive thinking kind of belief, it’s a faith that is rooted in the things He has bound and the things He has loosed in Heaven.
“Have faith in God” – Did you notice that Jesus started by saying “have faith in God”? John Gill explains that 4 out of the 5 main sources of the bible do not use this translation…
have faith in God; or “have the faith of God”, so the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions; that is, exercise, and make use of that faith which has God for its author
… only the Arabic version renders it, “believe in God”…
“Have the faith of God”… wow… now that places a completely different texture on things don’t you think? Jesus Christ is commanding us to possess and use (“have”) the faith of God. Yes!
Let’s not limit the role that He has given us in this magnificent cosmic story and eternal journey of His children back to Himself. According to His sense of justice for the poor, we are to mature as a church – people – and we are to rule over what once cruelly ruled over us without mercy.
Let’s look once again at Strong’s Concordance for the meaning of the word “rule”
H4910, משׁל, mâshal, maw-shal’
A primitive root; to rule: – (have, make to have) dominion, governor, X indeed, reign, (bear, cause to, have) rule (-ing, -r), have power.
This word is a verb, it’s a doing-word. It’s a daily activity, a group activity, a thing we do. This is the role that He wants you and me to have! The very thing that has ruled this world and enslaved you and me to addictions, is to be ruled over by you and me – through the cross and the power outflowing from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen!
What will the earth look like when the church – that’s you and me! – are performing our role? Grab your bible and read these passages:
- Isaiah 60:17-22
- Isaiah 65:16-25 and also include Isaiah 61:1
- Revelations 21:1-6
- Revelatons 21:10-27
- Revelations 22:1-5
These are promises made through the prophets and we know that Jesus Christ said He has come to do all that the prophets promised. So we can be confident that all of this has already been loosed in Heaven. According to Mat 16:19 we are to declare it lawful and loose it on earth! To do this we must have (possess and use) the faith of God and believe that our words will come to pass.
Wow, what an immense treasure God has placed in us jars of clay. He uses us, but the power and glory remains His…
2Co 4:5-7 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
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