Seeing God, whose good pleasure is to give (part 2)
The one experience that a born again believer in Jesus Christ enjoys most is the exceeding greatness of the love of God poured down from heaven like an avalanche beyond all descriptions. It is like that when we grasp the true meaning of Chapter One, in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
The 5 am brethren (brothers and sisters in Christ) daily encountered this good news when they continued to read the words of God by faith and submit to the leading of the Lord Holy Spirit. The brethren concluded that God is indeed Love. His Son Jesus is Love. Why? Because they saw how God took the bother with us humans. God even took pleasure in formulating His will and plan to carry out to ensure us receiving what He has purposed and has given in Chris Jesus, His Son. Here are some excerpts of what the members received.
Third Day: They read Ephesians chapter one together and meditated on the words and phrases. They also were led to read 1 Corinthians 2:7-16. Prior to this the watchman received relevant verses from John 17, to which the brethren referred to as led by the Lord.
Some of the understandings of the verses are as follows (not in any sequential order): (Bible versions used: KJV and NKJV) (NKJV used is from the ‘Spirit Filled Life Bible’, from which some of the explanations are taken).
1:3 God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The ‘heavenly places’ refer to the invisible realm that surrounds our present daily situation, the arena or sphere of spiritual action and activity. The blessings have been given and is a done deal in Christ Jesus. We on our part need to reach out, receive and use them by faith. One requirement is that we walk by faith and not by sight. We live (are guided) by the Spirit and not by the flesh (our body, mind and emotion), trusting in God’s words and not man’s words.
Our only channel of blessing is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are ‘in Christ’. Our Lord Jesus Christ has resurrected and ascended into heaven. As He has promised His disciples, after His ascension, the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) came and poured on them on Pentecost Day.
(NB: Pentecost Day falls on 15th-16th May sundown to sundown in Jewish calendar, and 19th May this year in Our calendar.)
1:13, 17 The Holy Spirit is the Sealer, authorizing the believer to represent Christ; the Revealer, enlightening the hearts to perceive God’s purpose.
The Holy Spirit is our seal and guarantee for our true identify as children of God.
17-19 The Holy Spirit gives and reveals to us the knowledge of God: the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of being His saints, the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe.
The Holy Spirit is God, manifesting the power of God. Paul spoke of this in greater detail in 1 Corinthians 2.
2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you…declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2:4 And my speech and my preaching…in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.
2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit...
2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. (John 15:15; 14:16-17; 16:13-15; 14:26)
Ephesians 1:19-23 The Holy Spirit reveals to us the working of God’s mighty power in Christ.
20 The power wrought in Christ, raised Him from the dead, and set Him at God’s right hand in the heavnely places.
21 Christ is far above all “Principality and power and might and dominion” which are terms used for ruling authorities in the invisible realm. It describes an invisible hierarchy of evil powers who deceive and manipulate human behavior, advancing Satanic strategies. Christ Himself and all who are in Christ are shown to be placed in authority above these powers, an authority that only spiritual warfare can assert, demonstrate, and sustain (6:12). Indeed, Christ’s supremacy is unrestricted restricted by any authority or power in this world or that which is to come. Imagine this same power now works in His believers! (Eph. 1:19-20)
22-23 His body, the church: The body of Christ represents Christ on earth. The church is to be filled with Him by the Holy Spirit. The disciples are commanded by Christ Jesus to do the works He did and even greater works. The unequal authority of Jesus (the name He has given them to use), and the immense power of the Holy Spirit, which quickens the words of God, are more than sufficient resources for those who are in Christ to live a victorious abundant life in this world.
Here are some further Bible verses to meditate upon:
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (Ephesians 1:17 “…in the knowledge of Him.”)
Colossians 1:9-11 “…pray for you…that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power…”