The Binomial Expansion Of Thought: Sermon By Rev. Geoffrey Muchai
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.Jeremiah 29:11 (AMPC)
How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!Psalm 139:17 (AMPC)
Binomial – To have two terms or two names.
Binomial Expansion – In elementary algebra, the binomial theorem (or binomial expansion) describes the algebraic expansion of powers of a binomial.
In the Old Testament, people only had one name. In the New Testament, the Romans introduced two names.
Prae-nomen – this is the name one is given by their parents.
Nomen – Gentile name that classified people by clan.
Cog-nomen – Third name was often given from their trade and craft.
e.g. Jesus Christ, the son of Joseph the Carpenter; Simon, the son of John, you shall be called Cephas, the Rock.
As people, we have two names: the ones we are known by and the one that God has given us.
There are instances in Scripture when people’s names are changed, for example, Saul being named Paul. Paul was a Gentile name meaning little while Saul means desired.
God has a way of introducing us to things we have no clue about.
Another example is Simon Peter who is introduced in John 1:40-42:
One of the two who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first sought out and found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found (discovered) the Messiah!—which translated is the Christ (the Anointed One). Andrew then led (brought) Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon son of John. You shall be called Cephas—which translated is Peter [Stone].John 1:40-42 (AMPC)
During his first interaction with Christ, his name was changed to Peter. He may have known the outward meaning and yet not know the depth of it. We know it through revelation and experience.
When Christ asked the disciples who they thought He was, Peter’s response (his revelation of Jesus) enabled him to get to know the fullness of who he had been called to be.
He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].Matthew 16: 15-18 (AMPC)
There is a depth of Christ that had been deposited in Peter and he was just being opened up to. Every time that Peter would minister, he would reveal Christ as the ‘Rock’. He was a symbol and an embodiment of the Christ as the rock.
God also wants us to be a reflection of His Son, but in a very unique way. Your identity is the symbol and embodiment of Christ to the world. It has a unique dimension.
There are times when we receive Rhema about people, the depth of revelation and experience serve to unlock the meaning of the Rhema over time.
Peter had a revelation of who Jesus was as the Messiah. As a result of his accurate discernment of Christ as the Son of God, Peter in turn had his true nature revealed to him as one who would be an embodiment of Christ as the Rock.
For each one of us, God desires that we be an embodiment of His principles. In the case of Jacob and Israel, Jacob the supplanter transformed to Israel.
But now [in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.Isaiah 43:1 (AMPC)
Don’t worry about what God has spoken to you. He will bring it to pass. However, He will not bring it to pass in the way that you expect Him to. No. He will do it in a manner that when He does bring it to pass, people will see His glory, and when you look back on the journey, you will see His grace and His mercy.
He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.Revelation 2:17 (AMPC)
There is a name written on a tablet, that no one knows but Christ.
You cannot judge the weight of love a person has for you unless you count the cost of things they have given up for you. That is why when we consider Christ as the standard of love, we realise everything that He gave up for us. We were the reward.
The reality of Israel is discovered at the point of wrestling with God. The situations that God has placed us in are to serve the purpose of introducing us to who we are. We need to realize that God is in the process of constantly forming us.
God has a name, which is intimate that is not uttered towards you.
A name introduces certain virtues about someone but it will not fully explain the intricacies of the person. When we fully have understanding of the reality beyond the name, then we have respect for the name.
People can only interact with the revelation that you have of yourself. We are encrypted beings and we can only decode ourselves and others by relating with God.
God will form us on the foundation of the truths He has revealed to us, with Jesus Christ being the corner stone; said in another way, Jesus Christ, the revealed beloved Son of God as the basis of the building.
Any other knowledge is void and unfruitful unless it is pegged and grounded in Christ.
O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have beset me and shut me in—behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me. Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it. Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there.Psalm 139:1-8 (AMPC)
Until we get to the limit of the our existence, we cannot arrive to the full realization of our God.
Given that we are a mystery, the thoughts that we have about ourselves are very important. Because if those thoughts are contrary to who you are, then you will be at war with yourself. God wants us to understand who we are because if we don’t understand ourselves, we will be at war with ourselves and we will find ourselves in the wrong company, wasting precious time.
Psalms 139:1 – God knows us very intimately and can use our peculiarities to minister to us.
The same technology can be used to convert a truth to manifestation and to convert a lie into deception.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.Søren Kierkegaard
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)
Circumstances introduce us to who we are. When God chooses the classroom of circumstance, He is revealing you to yourself. This is when God finds you out.
Consider that the continuous call from God to dine with Him is a call for us to know ourselves. It is a call for us to know Him well.
God knows and discerns our thoughts from afar off. He has searched out all your ways. And no matter all your weakness, He has called you to who you are. He knows every way that you take even when you run away from Him.
God knows when you run away from your destiny. The prodigal son tried to fulfill his destiny in his own way. But God touched that thing (that wealth that gave him ability). He took it away. And when the prodigal son came back to his senses, he ran back, not to the strength of his father, but to the relationship.
People respond to the revelation of Christ in us. The power to embrace people and to love them requires a revelation of Christ and of ourselves. This is hidden in God and revealed in the place of intimacy with Him.
You know that you are fully pursuing the purpose of God when everything in your life has been defined by God.
God answers the questions that we ask sometimes in experiences. And if we are not careful, we can miss them sometimes.
God has made us out of the fullness of Who He is. We are fearfully and wonderfully made because God is. There are experiences that God can take you through where you are literally afraid of God. And there are times when God has to register His fear in you, so that when you say that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, it is the actual truth, a reality to you, and not a thing that you say religiously.
God knows us and has a name that He calls us. The name can only be uttered in the place of intimacy and it will change how you see yourself and how you address yourself to people. God knows you intimately and there is a name that God wants to call you (call out in you). He desires to reveal this name to you in sweet fellowship.
God has called us to the place of rest so that we can hear Him.
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