I don’t write often, but when sharing with a dear friend recently, I was inspired to see some things in the Bible in a new way. So let’s start out with a very well know section of the Bible, the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verse 1:
In the beggining was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
So that we know for sure exatly who the Word of God is, we need look no farther than verse 14:
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father).
It is Jesus Christ, the Word of God, that took flesh and dwelt among us. This same Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the only begotten son of the Father…at that time.
The interesting thing here is that the Word of God is still taking flesh and walking among us to this day, and we are that flesh to the extent that we are willing to allow the Spirit of Christ to possess us. My daily prayer is to know Ephesians 3:19, to know the love of God that passes understanding, that I might be filled with all the fullness of God. Can you imagine…to be filled/possesed with all the fulness of God?
Certainly the demons and evil spirits recognize the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that took flesh and dwelt amoung us in the form of Jesus Christ. If we take a look at Acts 19:13, there is a story about the seven sons of Sceva, (who was a high priest of the Jews). The seven sons of Sceva were casting out demons, performing excorcisms in the name of “Jesus whom Paul preaches”. The evil spirit that they were trying to cast out declared, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?
This is important because demons and evil spirits can see clearly spiritual things. IN this case the evil spirit said, ” hey I recognize the Spirit of Jesus, and the Spirit of Paul which, by the way, is the SAME Spirit that filled Jesus. To the evil sprit, there WAS NO DIFFERENCE.
My prayer for myself and all those that believe in Jesus Christ is that evil spirits would look at us and say, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know and I KNOW YOU TOO”, because when they look at us in the spirit, they will see no difference.
Isn’t it also interesting that the seven sons of Sceva had a natural father that had a form of godliness as he was a high priest, but there was no authority of God ? It seems that things are no different now as they were then. There are many that have titles and positions but in the spirit are void of the oneness that comes from knowing Jesus Christ in a real and intimate way. You can’t fake it folks, you can’t get it by getting a degree, through natural parents or because you are friends with some well recognized religious figure. God annoints and appoints who HE wills, for His Glory alone.
So let’s go on, verses 12 and 13:
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
To be a son God, to walk as Jesus walked, to be “born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”.
Even now, as the Spirit of God is coming to His temple (know ye not, that ye are the temple of the Holy Ghost?), it is again no different now than it was 2000 years ago when the Jews crucified Jesus. Now, as it was then, the Word is coming to His own, and HIs own don’t know HIM. People are looking to the sky, looking to the news, everywhere except where Jesus lives, in our hearts through faith made possible by the blood that the Lamb of God shed on the cross.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
These eighteen verses in John chapter one are not some nice oration about some fuzzy spiritual truth that is a mystery and not to be know. As believers, we need to take these verses literally, and understand that we are the flesh that the Holy Spirit walks around in, right now, you and me.
As Paul did long ago, as recorded in Ephesians 2:16, “I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you YOU the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of HIM
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, they you may know what is the hope of HIS calling, and what the riches of the glory of HIS inheritnace in the saints”.
I pray that God grants you also this spirit, the spirit of wisdom and revelation, to know what is the hope of your calling. I also pray that you too will ask of God, who gives liberally and upbraids not….
Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you.