October 31, 2018

John 14:12..Verily verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name , that will I do, that my Father may be glorified in the Son.

Yesterday we discussed how the kingdom of God is already here. Though we read about the power of God being demonstrated through some prophets such as Elijah and Elisha, but none of what they did can be compared with the magnitude of the signs and wonders witnessed through our Lord Jesus. The other prophets were sent to warn and prophesy to the people about what would befall them if they continued to sin against Him. When our Lord Jesus started His ministry, we saw miracles upon miracles, dead raised on many occasions, those blind from birth received their sight, lepers were cleansed, devil-possessed men and women were delivered, different kinds of “sicknesses were healed, and thousands of people were fed with 5 loaves of bread and two fishes on one occasion, and thousands were again fed on another occasion with 7 loaves of bread and small fishes. These are the miracles that made many Pharisees to believe in Him even though they did not come out openly that they were His disciples for fear of being put out of the synagogue. These miracles had never been done like this in the history of the world and that was what made our Lord Jesus’ ministry a unique one.The kingdom of God is already among us. .

To further demonstrate that the POWER and AUTHORITY had been given to Him, He called the 12 apostles and empowered them to cast out devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money, neither have two coats a piece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.”  And they departed, and went through towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. This was the first outreach of the apostles while the Lord Jesus was still among them (Luke 9:1-5). Later in chapter 10, we read, “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come. Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few, pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into His harvest., He charged them as He did unto the twelve” (Luke 10:1-15). Verse 17-20 says, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying , Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.

I cited these examples of our Lord Jesus sending out His apostles and other disciples that believed in His name because the work He sent them to do  was the same work He did. They gave Him reports of how devils trembled and came out of their victims at the mention of the name of Jesus. They were able to do this because our Lord gave them power and authority over all works of the devils. Doing the work that our Lord gave to them qualified them to have their names written in heaven. Surely the kingdom of God (heaven) is already among us. Our Lord Jesus came into this world, among other things , to destroy the works of the devils. I John 3:8 b says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil”. Therefore after doing all that the Father required Him to do, He charged the disciples to continue the work after His departure using His Name. He told them that the work He had done they too shall do the same, and even greater work shall they do because He was not going to leave them alone, but He would be with them through the Holy Spirit, so that the message could reach the whole world.

From the many parables that our Lord Jesus used to explain the kingdom of God to us, we could see the uniqueness of rewarding every worker on a scale that depends on God alone. But every worker must deny self and take up his cross and follow Him. He decides how to pay and when to pay the workers. The first guarantee (reward) is that their names are written in heaven. Only those whose names are written in heaven can rejoice at the end. This means that it is not how much you have done, but whether, what you have done deserves your name being written in heaven or not. The reason is that God is the One still working through you, you might be a general overseer, world evangelist, renowned miracle worker, raiser of dead, or the world preacher. Holy Spirit is the DOER of the work, you are just a vessel. Therefore in doing God’s work, our focus must be on how we can bring as many people as possible to heaven.  So we must examine our motive which must not be after earthly gain. While the Bible tells us that “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrew 6:10). Therefore we must not allow the “big work” God is doing through us to make our head swollen and then allow  greediness, and covetousness to creep into our lives, because this is the beginning of names being removed from that great book in heaven. God knows how to pay us back both in cash and kind. He is the One that rewards those who diligently seek Him.

The attitude of the “so called men and women of God” have driven many people from churches. They have allowed their successes (greater work) to blindfold their eyes, forgetting that they are not the ones doing it but God Himself working through them. The reason why devils are still able to hold many ministers of God in bondage is because many workers in God’s vineyard are out of tune with reality. They behave as if they are the lord of harvest. Their crowd (multitude) are worshiping them instead of God. The preaching of these workers are so diluted that devils cannot be cast out as they are supposed to because their preaching has lost power. We need prayers for God to put fresh fire on the churches so that believers can do the work as God had intended it from the beginning. The power of God is still available to heal the sick and to cast out devils if we can reconsider where we have gone wrong and repent. The Lord is waiting for all believers to check ourselves and our standing with God so that our efforts will not be in vain. May the Lord continue to open our eyes of understanding to all these area of our lives so that we can get our heavenly reward which is more glorious than the earthly reward. May the Lord bless His Word in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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