The Principle Of Life: Part 1 | INFEMI Sermon Series By Bishop Gobanga

The Principle Of Life (Part 1): Sermon Series By Bishop Gobanga

The Divine is governed by the principle of life in relation to Who He is. It is the reason God exists and why He is. It is the Spirit of divine reality. It springs from the continuum of His heart and mind.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 

Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)

‘Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”’”

Exodus 33:19-23 (NKJV)

Moses was shown the back of God. He was shown the past and not the future. He was shown the glory of God at the time of creation.

It was not a 5-minute encounter. He was carried into eternity. He saw what God had already done. He saw the goodness of God passing before him as well as creation past and the coming Christ. 

God appeared to Moses in bodily form and is the prototype through with Adam and Eve were formed.

He saw Christ in His pre-incarnate form.

“…who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV)

“…who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock…”

Deuteronomy 8:15 (NKJV)

Moses was talking about Christ in these Scriptures.

Moses came down from the mountain and the Israelites could not behold his face. There are levels of encounter that cannot be fathomed. The brightness was not just on him but in him and through him.

“But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”’”

Exodus 33:20 NKJV

God wanted to show His majesty and power in bodily form that human beings can absorb/handle.

It is impossible to fully know God. The only way you can handle the things of God is through Christ and in Christ.

“Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” 

John 14:9 NKJV

“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…” 

Colossians 2:9 NKJV

When the Bible speaks of God as a person, it does not mean that He has a face and hands as humans do; this analogy is used to help explain the attributes of God to humanity. 

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’”

Acts 3:19-23 NKJV

Moses is not the law but a representation of the law of God. He was commissioned by God to remove his people from bondage and into the promise.

“Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” 

Exodus 17:6 NKJV

Moses brought the Israelities out of Egypt but did not get them into the promised land because he struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock. The rock represented Christ.

“So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.” 

Exodus 33:22 NKJV

““Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.””

Numbers 20:8 NKJV

Speaking to the rock is life in the spirit. Striking the rock is life of the letter of the law (he had been told previously to strike the law). Moses chose the law instead of life in the spirit. 

God will only allow Christ to be struck or smitten once. 

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.

And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”” 

Numbers 20:7-12 NKJV

Moses was told to prophesy to the situation. When you live life in the Spirit, you are guided by the proceeding word of God. It becomes the word of the moment and the season. It is the word we use to speak into the situation. It is speaking life into dead situations.

Joshua is a type of Christ and he is the one who brought the Israelites into the promised land. The River Jordan is a type of baptism of the Holy Spirit that allowed them to walk into the promised land.

“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.” 

Romans 8:1 NKJV

The law could bring people out of Egypt but not get them into the promised land. The blood of the Passover lamb brought them out of Egypt.

We can live by the law but not access the Spirit of life.

God wants us to live by faith and not by works.

That is what God wants to address in the community and the reason we are going back to the rudiments of the faith. Going back to where our faith began.

The disciples had received the gospel but did not have the Spirit of God.

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”” 

Acts 1:4-5 NKJV

If we are not baptized in the Holy Spirit, we will be seduced back into the law. This is what happened in the Galatian church.

The Holy Spirit conducts us back to the Cross so that the tentacles/the hold of the law and the flesh are severed. 

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?” 

Galatians 3:1 NKJV

In the Christian walk, there comes a time when euphoria will not be enough.

The grace of God is not about how much you are holding onto the law. The Holy Spirit empowers us to walk in the Spirit not to cram the law.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” 

Romans 8:2-4 NKJV

The law of sin and death is the law of our sinful nature interacting with the law of Moses bringing us into constant condemnation either of ourselves or of others.

The law of the spirit of life is the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He gives us the desire to live a holy life. It gives us the wisdom to overcome worldliness. 

It is not an abstract force but the value of what the Holy Spirit has for us.

We are to live our lives as not as though we are seeking the law but the person of God.

Being in Christ does not mean you lose your identity.

God did not bring us together so that we conform to one another but to conform to Christ.

We need the Holy Spirit to trust those who have disappointed us. 

The law of the Spirit is the Holy Spirit with all the divine understanding that rests in Him.

When we violate the law of the Spirit, we violate the Holy Spirit and the principle of who He is.

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