Something ancient is being restored …
Do you feel powerful? One of the greatest things we all share is the felt-need and the potential to be powerful … deep down, we long to live with real power.
Consider with me that something ancient, something lost, something most powerful is being restored … and it is now accessible to all.
Human history is filled with questing for power and meaning …
Hesiod was an early Greek poet. He dreamed of a lost Golden Age from the past, even as he saw no hope looking forward. The Roman poet Virgil actually sang of one who would deliver the world from its sufferings and by whom “the great line of the ages begins anew.”
These traces of longing and desire seem to be timeless and universal.
Power, when rightly used, is a good thing. Consciously or not, you may have searched for power in different ways. Keep reading for practical power points to live a life with real power.
A Higher Power
Most believe in a Higher Power: the Universe, Creator, Higher Intelligence, God, the Supreme Soul, Buddha, the Great Spirit, Jehovah, Divine Mind, the Almighty, and dozens of other understandings of the Higher Power are held by many.
My belief is that God is uniquely understood and experienced in His Son, Jesus Christ as revealed in the Gospels and throughout the New Testament. Whatever your belief, though, I hope you’ll read on …
A Lost Kingdom Found
One of the things that made Jesus so attractive was that he empowered people.
Jesus announced the gospel of the kingdom at the beginning of his ministry.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1.15 NASB).”
On the morning of his crucifixion, Jesus told Pilate, the Roman governor, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth (John 18.37 NASB).”
Jesus Christ came to restore a kingdom that had been lost. In a very real sense, Jesus Christ restores what mankind lost in the Garden of Eden.
And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give you all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” Jesus answered him, “It is written …” (Luke 4:5-6, 8 NASB).
What did we lose in the Garden? Right standing with God, and because of that, the capacity to exercise dominion on the Creator’s behalf.
Beginning in the 1500’s the Reformers recaptured key New Testament truths that had been largely lost for centuries, including the truth that sinners are justified (declared to be in right standing with God) by faith.
For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith (Romans 1.17 NASB).” Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5.1 NASB).
We are indebted to the Reformers for recovering crucial truths.
So, is the good news of Jesus’ message merely “justification by faith,” to be declared by God to be in right standing with Him because of the atoning sacrifice of His Son?
A New Way of Living With Power
The good news begins with the vital truth and experience of justification.
Yet, the gospel is broader than being justified so that we can “go to heaven” someday. Justification is the beginning of a journey of seeing (revelation) and entering (experience and manifestation) the kingdom of God. This is what Jesus told Nicodemus, a Jewish member of the Sanhedrin, in John 3.
Through the born again experience, this journey begins now in this life and continues into eternity in the new heavens and the new earth.
Jesus’ offer is, “Change the way you think about everything. Approach life radically different in light of this truth: the reign and blessing of God is available to everyone right now. As you walk with Me, you can live your life now in the power of My realm.” This is huge concerning how we lead our lives and how we see our place in the world.
In a powerful sense, it’s as if Jesus is offering us a treasure map … the way back to the Garden of Eden … unashamed intimacy with God and the ability to rule and reign as His vice-regents in the earth.
Some Practical Power Points
- Ask God to give you wisdom and clarity.
- By placing your faith in Christ, you will be placed in right standing with God – you will be justified.
- Depend upon the Holy Spirit to help you see and enter the realm of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God. Ask Him to show you the keys of the Kingdom … how the Kingdom works.
- Depend upon Jesus Christ to connect you with your true heart – aligning your talents, gifts, and passion.
- Progressively immerse yourself in the Word of God and in prayer. The energy of Christ will increase in your life.
As Christ-followers we become apprentices of His kingdom. As recorded in the gospels of the New Testament, Jesus performed his kingdom ministry from His human nature, full of the power of the Holy Spirit and led by His Father. He invites us, expects us to do the same: “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14.12 NASB).”
As with His disciples then, He is always seeking to develop us as His kingdom apprentices.
“The gospel invites us to an entirely new, rich life lived from the resources of and according to the nature of another realm. I become justified so I can learn this new life, a life that will be mine forever” (Dr. J.P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University).
The emphasis of the gospel of the kingdom is being restored to the global church. As we approach the fullness of Christ’s kingdom at His Second Coming, many believe this emphasis will increase. It is a key aspect of God’s plan as He moves and shapes history.
And the questing Christ-follower, the apprentice of His kingdom, is right in the thick of it.
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