Doing the works of Christ: the supernatural and the natural

wave-275774_640John 14:12: Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (ESV)

The supernatural

He said: I going to the father. What did he do when he got the father? He poured out the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). It was by means of the Holy Spirit that Jesus performed the many miracles he did, touching many lives, reaching beyond himself. And while John said that he baptises people with water (which was focused on personal renewal) the baptism of the Holy Spirit is when we flow to others and Jesus is the one who baptises us with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11).

Cornelius was told: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit, and he went about helping others with the power of God, using that to get them free from whatever binds them (Acts 10:38).

Prior to that, Jesus was limited to his home town, rarely moving beyond it, but with power of the Holy Spirit he had a renewed mandate to connect the people in a larger geographical sphere to the supernatural for their own good, for healing, and deliverance from oppression. The Holy Spirit like a mighty river flowed through him and that is what he wants to do through us (John 7:37-39).

Believing in Jesus, as mentioned in the focus verse, means you see what he has done and you believe it truly happened. It means that you believe that Jesus came truly in the flesh and died for our sins so that we walk in newness of life.

Believing in Jesus also includes believing that when he said what was written in the focus verse he really meant it. It means that you believe his words when he said that you will lay hands on the sick they will recover, that you will cast out devil, that you have power when you receive the Holy Spirit and can therefore no longer be a victim but a victim, because power has truly changed hands in the cross (Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15-18). Before, the devil can wield his power of death over anyone but after the cross those who believe in Jesus are exempted (Colossians 1:13).

To believe is very important. That was why while standing near the grave of Jesus, he asked Mary: do you believe? He told her: I am the resurrection and life; if you believe you will see the glory of God (John 11).

The flip side is that if you do not believe you will not see the glory of God, you will not experience it, and the supernatural is embedded in it. If you do not believe, then you have shut yourself out of that experience, relegating yourself to the mundane things of life.

Except you believe you will not be saved (Romans 10:9-13), except by faith you will not receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Galatians 3:2). Except you believe you will not manifest greater works than Jesus did.

Ask yourself: do I really believe, or I have allowed my much learning to deprive me of the simplicity of believing in the word of God?

Theological training can actually take you farther from God, as men present you with the limited view of God which you regard as the ultimate, then you mess up your belief system and you become stunted when it comes to experiencing the glory of God.

The natural

The works of Christ involves going out of our shell to meet another’s needs. In the time of the bible, Paul made journeys, bringing supply to the Christians experiencing difficulties. He did not ignore their practical needs, merely focusing on the spiritual.

Jesus said that in the last day he will separate the goats from the sheep, i.e. those who follow him and those who do not (Matthew 25:31-46). The sheep are those who visited the imprisoned, they gave food to the hungry, gave water to the thirsty. As they helped other Christians, they were inadvertently extending help to Jesus.

Paul knew that when he helps others meet their needs he was actually ministering to Jesus because when he was persecuting the church and he thought he was doing the right thing, Jesus told him it is me you are persecuting (Acts 9:5).

Doing the works of Christ means serving him. He said he has not come into the world to condemn the world but that through him the world will be saved, therefore when we preach to get people saved, we serve him. Therefore, Paul told Timothy to preach the word because Jesus spend his time feeding the people with his word, helping them gain God’s perspective. God does not want any to perish but to come to the knowledge of the truth (1Timothy 2:1-6) and to the limit we lack truth, we perish. God said: my people perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Jesus said he has not come to be served but to serve and given his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).  How are you giving your life for the brothers? In his admonition that we should do good, Paul, added: especially to those of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). That shows the level of love that should exist among us, through which we connect with others and seek to pour into them what God has poured into us.

He encouraged generosity, saying that those who have this worldly good should share with those who do not have (1Timothy 6:17-18), with John saying we should not shut our bowel of mercy to others (1John 3:16-18). As we seek to help them with the power of God, for their needs of healing and deliverance, we also need to meet their felt needs for visitation, and food supply, etc. In some places, the poverty stinks to the high heavens, waiting for you to bring a change. Will you go for Jesus?

Jesus laid it out that: Give and it shall be given to, good measure pressed down, shaken together shall men pour into your bosom (Luke 6:38), adding that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

Paul also said about giving, that: it is sowing and if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly (2Corinthians 9:6). He said God is able to make all grace abound towards us so that in all things and at all time, we will abound in every good work when it comes to giving (2Corinthians 9:8).

That is the ideal, and that is a work of grace in our lives, not something for boasting, and when we are faithful in little God makes us ruler over much (Luke 19:17). We should not wait till we have the whole money in the world to be a blessing to others. Start with what you have; start where you are.

Rather than complain about what is not enough how about filling up another person’s cup which is smaller than yours. A drop from your cup may actually fill the cup of another. Stop “over reasoning” when it comes to giving, feel what others feeling and lend a helping hand.

 

 

 

 

 

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