Summary: Church can become very one dimensional in the Spirit, focusing on healing or deliverance, some focus totally on counsel or on the gifts of the Spirit, all these things are good and very much part of God’s plan but they are only part of the bigger picture
Ian Johnson April 2006 www.papelim.org.nz
1 Peter 4: 13-14
13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
“For the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you”
It’s an established fact, The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Glory rest on you! Many times we don’t see the manifestation of it because our eyes are focused on this present suffering.
But Peter declares “REJOICE” not because of the suffering, but because Glory is about to be revealed.
I love the story of the African American preacher speaking on Good Friday saying
“Yes it’s Friday and Christ suffered on the cross, but Sunday’s a coming and he will surely raise us up!”
11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.
The Glory of the New Covenant 1 CORINTHIANS 3:7-18
7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory.
12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory fading away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect* the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
We are called to reflect the Glory of the Lord as we allow the Spirit of the Lord to work within us!
Many have seen the transforming power of the risen Christ in a measure, but there is much more! More Glory yet to be revealed
Church can become very one dimensional in the Spirit, focusing on healing or deliverance, some focus totally on counsel or on the gifts of the Spirit, all these things are good and very much part of God’s plan but they are only part of the bigger picture. God is multi-dimensional and His Church is meant to reflect this.