Living In The Divine Element Of The Law – Part 1: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Taking the name of the Lord in vain is not just swearing or speaking profanities but is also misrepresenting the person of God and His character. It is speaking on His behalf without having a true realization of who God is and lacking a relationship with Him.
You must have the capacity to be able to capture God’s heart and mind and have an experiential encounter so as to be able to traverse with Him and to speak on His behalf.
The theme of the Bible is the same even though they were written by different people in various epochs. There is a unitary principle in all the books whose summation is Christ!
For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him. And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).Colossians 1:16-17 (AMPC)
When Jesus appeared in bodily form, His body was a veil that hid the person and nature of Christ. Jesus needed to go back to heaven so His nature and essence as the Word of God would be released upon those who believe in Him and the Holy Spirit came to release an impartation of the nature of Christ. Jesus is a man but Christ is the nature.
You need to transcend the veil of visibility to touch base with divine tangibility in the person of the Son of God.
Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NKJV)
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.John 1:1-4 (AMPC)
1. God’s word is not what we read i.e the Scriptures/the Bible but it is life and spirit.
The Bible is not spiritual but is a book of testimony. If the Bible was spiritual and had power, every Sadducee and Pharisee would have known who Christ is but they crucified Him instead.
Knowing God should transform your life. There is no need to strive with others to prove that you know God more than another. That is competition not spirituality.
2. God’s word is creative and is powerful. It is not under any dominion neither can it be destroyed.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 (AMPC)
Whoever hears the Word of God and receives it shall be saved. The Word is not the Bible since it has no voice. We cannot hear a book but a person has a voice.
The Bible has no presence of God or power in itself. The Spirit of Christ is what gives life to what we read. The Holy Spirit is the one that turns what is written (Bible) into the living Word. We need to hear the voice of God which is the Spirit of God. We need to walk by faith and by the voice of God.
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.Matthew 4:4 (AMPC)
If the content of the Bible is not causing an impact in your life, then all you’re doing is futile. The issue is not what we read but who resides in us. If the Spirit of God is not resident in us, the book with not change us. You need the person of the Spirit of God to be resident in your life to reveal Christ to you and breathe life in what you read from the Bible.
3. The Bible is not an equivalent of Christ only a witness of Him.
Christ represents the invisible God but the Bible is a book. His Spirit decodes what we have read. Even if the Bible is destroyed, no one will take away the word of God from you. You will live because you have a relationship with Christ and faith in Him.
The just live by faith in the voice of God and the person of God.
The natural man cannot hear the word of God nor understand it, but instead will misinterpret and distort it for their own cause because the word is spiritual. Only the Spirit can decode it. .
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.1 Corinthians 2:12-13 (NKJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV)
The Bible shows how people have received salvation by interacting with the person of Christ not with the letter of the law. An example is Zacchaeus, the tax collector.
Jesus was a vessel through which the word of God came to the human race in a way that the natural man could understand and relate to. Though this happened, some still misunderstood Him because of the background He came from and the circumstances surrounding His birth. His weakness in the physical form could not be understood by the natural man. It was a hindrance to knowing Christ encased in the body of Jesus.
Jesus knew God was His Father not by being taught but through relationship and revelation. There are things that cannot be taught but are imparted to you from God the Father.
And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.Luke 2:52 (AMPC)
People crucified Christ because they did not have the spirit of truth in them. The word of God enables you to understand concepts and discern people in the Spirit.
But you have been anointed by [you hold a sacred appointment from, you have been given an unction from] the Holy One, and you all know [the Truth] or you know all things.1 John 2:20 (AMPC)
When we have the word of God, we will not judge people, situations or ourselves based on the outward appearance. Instead, you will walk in the seven-fold manifestation of the Spirit receiving wisdom, knowledge, understanding, the fear of the Lord, might and the Spirit of God.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV)
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).2 Timothy 3:16 (AMPC)
All Scripture is inspired by God but is not God. What is inspired cannot become the one who inspired it. Though they are sacred writings they have no power to sanctify us. The Spirit of sanctification is what makes you clean.
Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.John 17:17 (AMPC)
The words in Scripture are words of advice and cannot have more meaning unless we come to Christ as our Lord not just as our Saviour. The word introduces us to the Lordship of Christ. Counsel, rebuke and direction is what the word of God gives us which in turn gives us peace even though it is not initially comfortable for us to hear.
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].Psalm 119:89 (AMPC)
The word of God does not imply the events we go through or the events of life even those in the Bible but rather the word is Christ. He uses the people in the Bible, for example Abraham and David, to teach us and give us counsel. When we read about characters in the Bible, we are not to look down upon them but to learn from them. What God allows to happen is not the word that is forever established.
The word has a multiplying effect and we must know the heart and mind of God when He speaks. For example, when God speaks of a shaking it is not meant to hurt us but there is something that God is seeking and when you know what the Lord is seeking concerning the event then we will have peace. We ought to prepare for shaking to be fit for the kingdom.
The children of Israel had Scriptures and the prophets but did not have the word of God. They did not hearken to the voice of God through the prophets. When Christ came, the Kingdom of God was then established inside their hearts and not a physical kingdom but they sought an outward kingdom. They were seeking to resolve the consequences of bondage and not the issues within. When we have the word of God, we resolve the cause of the bondage not the consequences.
Christ came to remove the veil from our eyes. When we have the word, we will not see others outward appearance but beyond the veil. You discern people in the Spirit.
Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh].2 Corinthians 5:16 (AMPC)
The problem of the law is that it cannot save us. The law has no power to deliver people. If anything, it points people to the deliverer who is Christ.
So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith.Galatians 3:24 (AMPC)
When the voice of God learns to operate with you, then you will be able to represent Him and forebear with brethren. We will have a heart of service towards each other and we will grow in the fruit of the Spirit.