1 John 4:13
God gave us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us.
As I read the scriptures and understand who the people of the first century church were, it would seem that every person who was a Christ-follower was filled with the Spirit
Why was it necessary for every believer to be filled with the Spirit
Their world was in bondage with people all around bound by confusion, fear, control. People had no understanding they were in darkness and needed the light
– by the power of the Holy Spirit they were able to change mind-sets setting people free from their bondages of sin or religion…they were able to stand against the greatest government known, to bring a message that transformed the culture to where within 300 years even Caesar gave his life to Christ
Acts 17:6 they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also…”
I have mentioned over the last few weeks that Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God, not religion, but instead a relationship with God that sets us free from the bondages of this world.
1 John 3:8b “….But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil”
As we look around our world don’t you see the brokenness, families destroyed, hopelessness, fear, confusion, jealousy, fighting for power and control, so much anger and hatred with road rage, facebook, government…religion, the world is a powder keg waiting to go off…I took this from a news report from last week
“There is certainly a mental health crisis growing in our youth in America. Suicide rates among the young, especially those between 15 and 24, have climbed rapidly in recent years. Levels of anxiety and depression among young people are also up. The reasons for this growing epidemic are numerous and many researchers are studying the problem. But it is clear that if we honestly target the actual problem things can be done.”
There is a need for the church to move in power and to live out what we believe in our world
Do you think this is what God wants? Why doesn’t He do something about it? He already has! He has won the dominion of this earth back from the traitor who stole it from Adam and Eve
In my opinion two things have happened, first many deny the role of the Holy Spirit for today so they deny the power to be the people of the kingdom, or second, the Holy Spirit has become a bless me club or a show, that has nothing to do with the Father’s heartbeat for the world…Jesus won the dominion of the earth back from Satan for whoever is willing to enter the Kingdom of heaven and because of our sin being obliterated we can now become a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) the Holy Spirit now lives in us rather than just visiting or is around us, as long as we don’t grieve or quench Him
This is why (just as a review)
1) God created man and gave him dominion over the earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, one kingdom on earth ruled by man under God’s authority.
2) Man sinned surrendering his authority to Satan, creating a second kingdom here on earth
3) God came to earth in the flesh born as a baby to take back this dominion
4) Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God, explained the Kingdom, showed us the power He wants to give us, so the Kingdom of darkness may be destroyed in the hearts of men,
5) God cannot dwell with man if they are still covered in sin
6) Jesus went to the cross to take on all of our sin so that we could have relationship with God the way he did with Adam and Eve
7) As we accept the forgiveness of our sins we become an open door for the Holy Spirit with power to dwell in us with the same power Jesus had, so we might destroy the works of the enemy and bring people out from darkness, bondage, slavery, into freedom and light!
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
Then Jesus goes on to talk about the Holy Spirit
We are empowered by God to make this all happen, if we are filled with the Spirit.
John 14:17 “…But you know Him (the Holy Spirit), because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”
The message of the Kingdom of God is the greatest message, the life, death and resurrection of the King of kings so that we could live in
Freedom from worry, fear, anxiety, sin, failure!
We can restore the hope to our friends, families and communities if we will choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow him to do the work in us and be in us as I described last week
Why? How? Once again, let’s go by what Jesus said here is what He said
Luke 22:29 “I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,” (ESV)
Jesus is saying we have been given a royal assignment as Children of God, heirs of the Kingdom, a mandate to function with the authority of the King to establish the kingdom here on earth. The Holy Spirit fills us with the power, wisdom, guidance, strength, gifts, and fruit to accomplish this purpose and we are assigned a title in the Kingdom
2 Corinthians 5:16b-20 “…At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors
We are new because of Christ, the old is gone, the Kingdom of darkness has been broken off of us, we have been brought back to God’s original intent as part of the Kingdom, but he has given us an assignment, as members of the Kingdom we are his ambassadors to the Kingdom of darkness, not our country but one the Father has sent us to…what is an ambassador?
An ambassador is a political appointee whose job is to represent and speak for his or her home government before the rulers of other countries. In the eyes of those rulers, the word of an ambassador is the word of the government that he or she represents. Good ambassadors never speak their personal opinions, but only the official policies of the government that appointed them.
Let’s take a look at how Jesus functioned as an ambassador of the father and a King at the same time and what it means to us
1) An ambassador is one who is sent by the king to represent the King in the nation to whom he is sent
John 20:21,22 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
We are no longer citizens of this world but aliens to it and are called to bring the light, truth, hope, salt, and freedom to this alien world
2) Committed only to the state’s interests;
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
Paul tells us talking about the body of Christ and using the example of soldiers that no one entangles themselves in the affairs of this world in order to accomplish pleasing people….we are ambassadors of the King only
3) Embodies the nation-state or kingdom;
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
You were made in God’s image created for his purpose, called from darkness into his glorious light to reflect Him, greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world
4) Is the responsibility of the state;
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
Jesus told us not to worry or be anxious, we are more valuable than the sparrows and he cares for them
5) Totally protected by his government;
“Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”
11 Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.
The psalmist has written he is our strength and our shield (Psalm 28:7), our very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1), Isaiah said the Lord is our rear guard and our protector (Isaiah 52:12) we are completely protected by the Lord (Psalm 91)
6) Never becomes a citizen of the state or kingdom to which he is assigned;
Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the Lord your God
and serve only him.’”
1 Peter 2:9,10 “…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
7) Can only be recalled by the king or president;
I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will.
We may feel abandoned or that we are out on our own sometimes but we never are,
Romans 8:38,39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
8) Has access to all his nation’s wealth for assignment;
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”
The Father’s riches are not in limited supply, the earth belongs to him
Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
9) Never speaks his personal position on any issue, only his nation’s official position
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
The Bible is our constitution in this kingdom of heaven and when we start teaching things that are not in God’s word then we begin to build our own kingdom not God’s.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
10) His goal is to influence the territory for his kingdom government.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
This is who you are, or at least part of who we are called to be in order to change the world. Like Adam and Eve we can’t accomplish the things of God without the in-filling of the Holy Spirit. We can’t function as ambassadors without the power of the Kingdom.
Why are people around you depressed, overwhelmed, lost, addicted, broken, afraid, angry, out of control, because they are looking for what you have, do you have the power to give it to them, to help them from their darkness into His marvelous light?
Will you begin to choose to believe you are His ambassador with all the right and privileges that affords; will you begin to change you thinking to think this way?
Today is the day to start!
Next week I’m going to talk to you about the power you have at you disposal to be His ambassador