Sunday Go To Meeting Bun.
L. A. Marzulli
1Jo 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is the way to find out if they have the Spirit of God: If a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ became a human being, that person has the Spirit of God. If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that he is going to come into the world, and he is already here.
This passage is pregnant with meaning, here’s why! John is giving us a warning against those who claim to be speaking by the Spirit. Please consider that at the time of this writing, almost 2000 years ago, there were no formal churches, no Bible as we have it today, no priests or pulpits, popes or pews. Instead the initial group who had been present in the upper room some 5o days after the resurrection – Pentecost – had a life changing experience; they became born again, by the Spirit of the Living God.
This was a revolutionary event, as never in the history of the world had man’s spirit been infused with power from on high. This experience became known as being born again. We see Yashua/Jesus tell Nicodemus, that unless a man is born again he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Nicodemus, who is a leader of the Jews, doesn’t have a clue as to what Yashua/Jesus is talking about. In fact he asks him how a grown man can go back inside his mother’s womb! Of course Yashua is pointing to the time when the spirit of the living God will come into men and woman. Without being born again of the spirit, it’s all head knowledge. In other words I can read every book ever written on the Messiah, the church, and religion and I will never understand what is being referred to, because I am not born again. Here lies the great mystery and one that has unfortunately been replaced, in many quarters, with religion!
Being born again is not following a set of rules, or attending a church, or claiming that one is a Christian. Being born again is an ongoing, life changing experience where a person’s very spirit is connected to that of the God of the universe. For me one of the most amazing aspects of the whole experience is when He talks to me…. not in an audible voice, but when He gives me revelation, warning, insight, or sometimes what is called a word of knowledge.
When I was speaking in Nashville, I moved in this gift, that of a word of knowledge. Here’s what happened. A person requested a meeting with me. This person who had sought me out was clearly troubled. I listened and realized that I could sit for hours and not have a clue as to what this person needed. It was then that I asked, I need you to show me what this person needs. The Lord gave me a word, which I spoke over this man. When I did, he immediately started to cry. Pay dirt!
This is how the believer is supposed to move through the world. We are admonished to destroy the works of the Fallen One. We have been equipped by the spirit of the living God to go out into the world and make a difference. Sadly much of this has been shut down by so-called leaders in the church. Sitting in a pew on Sunday is a relatively new man-made invention. The early church met in a dynamic way as we are told in:
1 Corinthians 14: Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord.
We see a huge difference here, as all are admonished to participate to build us up in the Lord, there are no grand Puba’s standing behind a pulpit! The early Christians moved in these gifts of the spirit. They were infused with the spirit of the living God. It was this experience that changed the ancient world. Oh, that we would come out of the religious system which has nothing to do with the power of the living God and become doers of the word and not only listeners.
In closing today’s Bun. Being born again does not make us perfect men and women. We are all under construction and will remain so until we are taken to be with Him. However, because we have the spirit of the living God in us we can speak by the spirit, move by the spirit, understand by the spirit, pray, heal and walk in the spirit and all because we are born again.
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