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Book of the Powers

Book of the Powers

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Holy Spirit\u2019s Workshop [www.holyspiritsworkshop.com] \u2013 Wed 16.08.2006
Harder Teachings XXVIII \u2013 Book of the Powers I - 1 of 5
Book of the Powers I

If the Kingdom of God is truly a Kingdom of Power1 as Paul wrote, then surely, the citizens of the Kingdom should be familiar with its power and the soldiers of the Kingdom of God should be experts with the power of the Kingdom as well as the power of their enemies.

We all entered the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God by repentance and faith in the Godliness preached by Jesus Christ, and that faith when extended to His Name and Person, also availed for those who would take it up; eternal life. Jesus said, \u201cWhoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,\u201d2 and we know the purpose of that eternal life because Jesus defined it clearly, saying for our benefit as He prayed to the Father, \u201cNow, this is eternal life: that they may know You, the Only true God, and Jesus

Christ, whom You have sent.\u201d3

It would appear that in the Kingdom of God, there are both civilians and soldiers, for Paul wrote to Timothy: No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs.4 It is clear that at the very least, anyone who wants to serve Jesus seriously, should serve Him like a soldier serves in an army, and better still, to serve Christ as a soldier of His Kingdom and not just as a citizen. If you observe the behaviour of the citizens and the soldiers of the kingdoms of the world, you can see two very different patterns of behaviour. We are both citizens who are soldiers of the Kingdom of God.

It is time therefore to take stock of the power(s) we have been given\u2014for to those who have, and use well what they have been given, more shall be given to them and they shall receive more until they have an abundance.\u201cFor everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.\u201d5 \u201cTo those

who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from
those who are unfaithful, [who have nothing] even what little they have will be taken away.\u201d6Ther efor e,
we now need to know what we have and what to use it for, so that we may receive more until we have
an abundance. A simple scroll through the NIV concordance gives this list of powers:
A. The power of God includes the power of the Father, the power of the Son and the power of the Holy
Spirit because They are three Persons who are One. You must realise that there are manifestations
that reveal Their own individuality whilst affirming Their unity. By His power:
\u2022
God is exalted in His power7
\u2022
God made the Earth by His power8
\u2022
God rules forever by His power9
\u2022
God formed the mountains by His great power10

This power of God, the Power of God, which holds all things together, is poured out through the different Persons of the Godhead, so that through the Father came the creative power, and through Jesus came the power to save, and through the Holy Spirit, the power to witness. Within the Godhead we see these subsets of the Power of God\u2014Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

\u2022
Father has power in His Name.\u201cHoly Father, protect them by the power of Your Name.\u201d11
\u2022
Holy Spirit has His own power, as such it is written:Jesus returned to Galilee in the power
of the Spirit,12 which is the power we also receive when the Holy Spirit comes upon us.13It is
the same power that strengthens us as Paul wrote:I pray that out of His glorious riches He
may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.14
\u2022
Jesus has His own power that was brought forth through His life.
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As Paul puts it:lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.15
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Christ and the power of His resurrection16
Associated with the Godhead are the powers of:

1 1 Corinthians 4:20
2 John 3:16
3 John 17:3
4 2 Timothy 2:4
5 Matthew 25:29; Luke 19:26 NIV
6 Matthew 25:29; Luke 19:26 NLT
7 Job 36:22
8 Jeremiah 51:15
9 Psalm 66:7

10 Psalm 65:6
11 John 17:11

12 Luke 4:14
13 Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 5:4
14 Ephesians 3:16
15 1 Corinthians 1:17
16 Philippians 3:10

Holy Spirit\u2019s Workshop [www.holyspiritsworkshop.com] \u2013 Wed 16.08.2006
Harder Teachings XXVIII \u2013 Book of the Powers I - 2 of 5
1. The Gospel \u2013 I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of
everyone who believes.17

2.power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit18
3.weapons of divine power to demolish strongholds19
4.power of an indestructible life20
5.powers of the coming age21

B.As well as that, we need to know well the power of the enemy, for every good soldier is well trained
in His enemies\u2019 tactics also, which are the powers of this dark world:22
\u2022
Spiritually

1.the power of the devil [Satan]23
2.the power of sin is the law24
3.the secret power of lawlessness25
4.the power of death26

\u2022
Physically
1. physical power \u2013 military

2. financial power
3. intellectual power
4. political power

It is our job to do what Jesus has been doing and even the greater things, including:
1. Keep the powers and authorities disarmed27
2. Keep them submitted28

Until\u2014that day the Lord will punish the powers in the Heavens above and the kings on the Earth below.29
Sizing up the Terrain:

Once upon a time, the apostles had power as did the early church, so what happened to that power? First of all, understand this, power is given, not earned, and it was given by Jesus firstly to the apostles while He was training them in His personal ministry on Earth.When Jesus had called the twelve

together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent
them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.30After the twelve, He sent the seventy-two
out ahead of Him,31 and these seventy-two returned testifying, \u201cLord, even the demons submit to us in
Your Name.\u201dThen, on the one hundred and twenty on the day of Pentecost,32 so that we can see it is

the Lord\u2019s will not to confine the power only to the apostles, but indeed to give it to all individuals in all the church. And we have recorded for us the short period of time when the apostles testified with great power33 and when the church had the power to heal all who came and the power to deliver their own out of danger when their earnest prayers saw Peter delivered out of prison by an angel.34

So far we have examined the persons and teachings that have detracted believers away from listening to Jesus and His commands by men like Nicholas and James the Younger who reintroduced part of the Law into the church, and when you bring the church back under the Law, even partially, you have brought the power of sin back into the church. When the command to \u201cListen to Him\u201d35 was lost, power could no longer be retained by individuals, and if individuals have no power, the church has no power for the church is a collection of individuals.

17 Romans 1:16
18 Romans 15:19
19 2 Corinthians 10:5
20 Hebrews 7:16
21 Hebrews 6:5
22 Ephesians 6:12
23 Acts 10:38; 26:18
24 1 Corinthians 15:56
25 2 Thessalonians 2:7
26 Hebrews 2:14
27 Colossians 2:15
28 1 Peter 3:22
29 Isaiah 24:21
30 Luke 9:1-2
31 Luke 10:1-17
32 Acts 2
33 Acts 4:33
34 Acts 12:4-10
35 Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

Holy Spirit\u2019s Workshop [www.holyspiritsworkshop.com] \u2013 Wed 16.08.2006
Harder Teachings XXVIII \u2013 Book of the Powers I - 3 of 5

Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and the Son of God, was and is at full power. In His three years of ministry, He never lacked power to heal, even though a lack of faith may have prevented Him from doing miracles in Capernaum. He is the fullness of the measure we are to aspire to, and yet by His own words, it would seem that He has a desire for us to exceed Him in deeds of power, for He said,\u201cI tell you the truth,

anyone who believes in Me\u2026 will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.\u201d36

The purpose of eternal life is that we come to know Him now\u2014and so far, you have come to know Him in part as the Son of God and the Son of Man who He is. Your coming to know Him will allow you to understand the state of existence required to have full power. If you were to say now that the state of

existence required to have and sustain full power is holiness and complete sinlessness, then I would have to agree with you, but not holiness and sinlessness as defined by religion with its observances of rituals to fulfil outdated laws and rules to segregate and avoid sin as defined by the Law of Moses. No, the holiness and sinlessness required is the continual observance of the one command of the Father,\u201cListen

to Him!\u201d

A continual observance to listening to Jesus by any disciple of Jesus is like Adam continually refusing to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. You know, Adam could not eat the leaves, bark or even the root of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and not disobey God for the command to him was:\u201cBut you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when

you eat of it you will surely die.\u201d37Eve changed the command and said, \u201c\u2018You must not eat fruit from the
Tree that is in the middle of the Garden, and you must not touch it, or you will surely die.\u2019\u201d38Look just
for one moment at the inaccuracy of Eve\u2019s statement. Firstly, there isn\u2019t just one tree in the middle of
the Garden, there were two.In the middle of the Garden were the Tree of Life and the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil.39And God did not say, \u2018Don\u2019t eat the fruit,\u2019 He said the whole tree, and He

never said, \u2018Do not touch it.\u2019 Inaccuracies of recollections of God\u2019s command are what plague us. God gave Adam a command of 35 words, and Adam couldn\u2019t obey it and Eve couldn\u2019t quote it. So, to make things real simple for us, God shortened it to three words, and we still couldn\u2019t get it right!

God said, \u201cListen to Him,\u201d while Moses and Elijah were talking to Jesus, which was His way of emphasising that we were to listen to Jesus only. Don\u2019t worry about what Moses and Elijah are saying to Jesus; listen to what Jesus is saying to Moses and Elijah. Just because Moses and Elijah were talking on the Mount of Transfiguration to Jesus does not mean we are to listen to them. No, it is clear\u2026\u201cListen

to Jesus!\u201dAnd if Jesus is speaking to Moses and Elijah, listen then\u2026 but don\u2019t listen to Moses and Elijah\u2026
That is, do not heed their words though you can hear them speaking to Jesus. Extending this to the
Bible; just because the words of Moses and Elijah are in the Bible with the words of Jesus, we are not to
listen to the words of Moses or Elijah, but only to the words of Jesus who is theOnly One who is One
with God. You can hear Moses\u2019 words or Elijah\u2019s words, but do not heed them, do not listen to them.

You can hear what other religions say about God, but just don\u2019t listen to them. And if God does not want disciples of Christ to listen to Moses or Elijah, how much less would He want any of the disciples of Christ to listen to anyone else?

For Christ\u2019s sake, you are disciples, not believers, nor searchers, not people who believe in God, etc, etc,
etc.

Disciples are believers who have been called by the Lord and have or are paying the price of discipleship. Believers are those who chose to believe the Lord by grace to enjoy the benefit of salvation through faith in Christ for free. Believers choose to call on the Lord. Disciples are called by the Lord and drawn. Apostles are chosen. And for those who are neither called nor chosen, what can we say? God has mercy on whom He has mercy, compassion on whom He has compassion.\u201cI will have mercy on

whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.\u201d40By His mercy,

we are saved and by His compassion, we are healed. His compassion is for His own as Jesus demonstrated when He healed all those who were sick amongst the five thousand, even though Jesus wanted to be alone to grieve for John the Baptist.When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew

by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed Him on foot from the towns.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them and healed their sick.41Yet He
had no compassion on the Canaanite woman, saying, \u201cIt is not right to take the children\u2019s bread and toss
it to their dogs.\u201dBut He had mercy on her when He said, \u201cWoman, you have great faith! Your request is
granted.\u201d42
Now look back to the main point. The state of existence needed to receive and sustain full power is
holiness and sinlessness, holiness that is exclusive to sanctification by Jesus and His word, and

36 John 14:12
37 Genesis 2:17
38 Genesis 3:3
39 Genesis 2:9
40 Exodus 33:19
41 Matthew 14:13-14
42 Matthew 15:26,28

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