THE POWER AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER !
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So let us begin this study in God's word by reading a widely misunderstood passage of scripture.
Jesus said in John 14:2,3
“In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself: that where I am there you may be also.”
Many of us have been taught that this scripture means that Jesus has ascended to his heavenly Father, where Jesus is preparing a mansion, or some stately manor up in heaven for each believer where we will some day live forever. However, this is NOT at all what this passage of scripture is saying. The church has missed a vital truth that has held us back from abiding in our MANSION right now, right here on the earth in this present life.
Let me explain what I mean. The word “mansion” comes from the Greek root word “meno” which means to stay in a given place, or to stay in a given state of expectancy. The word mansion in the Greek means a staying, to abide, or a residence, as well as to continue, dwell, ENDURE, REMAIN, STEADFAST, TO STAND FIRM, WITHSTAND, and to tarry for. Now the W.E. Vines expository dictionary of New Testament Greek words states that there is absolutely NOTHING in the word "MENO" which is translated as “MANSION” to indicate separate compartments up in heaven. In other words, there is absolutely nothing in the meaning of the word in the original language that even remotely hints at the idea of a stately home, or mansion up in heaven for each believer. So contrary to what we have been taught, the word mansion does NOT mean a stately manor up in heaven, but rather an abiding or staying place; a place in which we remain steadfast in our FAITH.
One of the most fundamental rules for interpreting scripture is to keep the verse that is in question in the context from where it is found.
So let’s begin a few verses before John 14:2,3 starting at John 13:36 and continuing through to John 14:4.
“Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither go you? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, you cannot follow me NOW; but you shall follow me AFTERWARDS.
Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow you NOW? I will lay down my life for your sake. Jesus answered him, will you lay down your life for my sake? Verily, Verily, I say unto you. The cock shall not crow, till you have denied me thrice.
Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And whither I go you know and the way you know."
Let’s stop here for now and go back and see what these verses of scripture are actually saying. Here is a paraphrasing of John 13:36 in my own words;
“Simon Peter said unto Jesus, where are you going? And Jesus answered, what I am about to do you are NOT able to do NOW; but later or AFTERWARDS you shall be empowered and enabled to follow in my footsteps.” Now, the next two verses, John 13:37 and 38 make sense. “Peter said unto him, Lord, what makes you say that I am not able to follow you NOW? I will SURELY lay down my life for your sake! Jesus answered him, are you sure about that Peter? Are you absolutely sure you are able to follow me now, and lay down your life for my sake, before I go and prepare a place for you? Truly, truly, I say to you that you are NOT able to follow me, and lay down your life for me in your OWN strength NOW, but before the sun comes up, and the cock crows you will have denied me three times.”
Thanks be to God that Jesus did not stop at this verse, but went on to say in the verses that follow, John 14:1-3. And again I paraphrase in my own words;
“Don’t let your heart be troubled about this that I have just spoken to you, that you are NOT able to follow me NOW; you believe in God, believe also in me, that is in my NAME and the WORDS I speak to you, and in what I am telling you right now. In my Father’s household or family are many positions of authority and power. I am not just saying this to cheer you up, but the very reason I have come into this world was to give my life as a ransom for many, to redeem you to the Father, that is to say, to place you back into right relationship with God, so that you will have power, and authority as I now have. If I go, and lay down my life, I shall surely rise again, and come to you to receive you unto myself. You know that I must go to the cross, and you also know that you must die to yourself, your flesh, and follow me.”
Now I know that this paraphrasing may seem a bit drastic to you at first, but it will all fall into place as you keep reading.
Skip down to verse 12 of John chapter 14 for a moment,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believes on me, the WORKS that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these, (why, or more importantly (how?) will we be able to do greater works than Jesus?) BECAUSE I go to my Father.”
Again, why is Jesus going to the Father? Answer. He is going to prepare a place for us, so that, or in order that we will be EMPOWERED or ENABLED to FOLLOW Jesus and do the WORKS that he did. Are you getting a hold of this yet? The Holy Spirit CANNOT DWELL in an UNCLEAN vessel.
Remember in verse 1 that Jesus said to Peter, “believe also in me”,
Now put that with verse 12 where Jesus says again,
“He that BELIEVES on me, the works that I do, he shall do also, and greater works shall he do....”
Think about that for a moment. Who is the he that Jesus is referring to here? Obviously it is ALL believers that Jesus is talking about.
So how is this going to happen?
Finish reading verse 12,
“BECAUSE I go to my Father.”
Again why is Jesus going to the Father?
Go back to verse 2;
“I go to prepare a PLACE for you”.
What place is Jesus referring to here in this passage of scripture? Remember to keep the verse you are studying in the CONTEXT of the passage were it is found.
The word “place” here means a spot, a space of territory, open space, room, chase, and gulf. In others words, a space, or position that is not closed in, or confining. A place that is not oppressive. Again W.E. Vine adds to the meaning of the word “place” as to license, or opportunity. License means to authorize, or to give legal permission to do a specific thing. In other words it is a room, or a place of POSITION, power and authority in which a person occupies.
Opportunity means a favorable, or advantageous combination of circumstances; the idea that adverse circumstances have become favorable. I like that! Paul said when I am weak, then I am strong. When Paul learned how to glory in his infirmities (weaknesses), his adverse circumstances then became favorable, and he grew strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Paul learned how to dwell in his mansion, his place of having AUTHORITY in the NAME of Jesus, his ANOINTING!
Now continue with verse 13 and 14,
“And whatsoever you shall ask in my NAME, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it”.
Now the word “ask” here in the Greek literally means to DEMAND, or COMMAND. So actually this verse should read, “And whatsoever you shall DEMAND with COMMANDING AUTHORITY in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall COMMAND anything in my NAME I will do it”. Now please keep in mind that we are NOT demanding or commanding God, but rather we are taking AUTHORITY over the enemy. Jesus went to the cross and then ascended to his Father with the offering of his own blood which he shed for us in order to provide a place of AUTHORITY and POWER in his NAME by CLEANSING us from all our sins. Jesus then returned and appeared to his disciples for forty days before he ascended back to his Father, but before he left he told us he would come again.
Jesus went to the cross to set us free from sin; He did not pay such a great price to set us free from sin for us to be entangled therein again! Verse 15 says,
“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father and he will send you another COMFORTER, that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and SHALL BE IN YOU”.
Who is this other Comforter? Skip down to verse 26,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.
The Comforter is the Holy Spirit. You see, Jesus had the Holy Spirit dwelling IN him, but Peter and the other disciples only had the Holy Spirit dwelling WITH them, UNTIL after Jesus went to the cross and ascended to his Father. This is why Jesus said to Peter you cannot follow me NOW, but you shall follow me afterwards, BECAUSE I go to the Father.
What afterwards? Again it was only AFTER Jesus went to the cross to redeem us and ascend to the Father that the Holy Spirit could be given to dwell IN us so that we might receive POWER, and authority to follow Jesus' example that he set for us; To live our lives free from sin; To do the works that Jesus did, and yet even greater works. And even to lay down our lives for him if needed.
We CANNOT do these things in our OWN strength. Peter was extremely confident that he would not deny Jesus and even lay down his life for the Lord, but yet he denied him three times. This is why Jesus said I go to prepare a place for you. Again this place is NOT a "MANSION" up in heaven, but rather a dwelling place of authority and power in which we are to occupy here on earth until Jesus returns for us.
Look at John 16:7, which says,
“ Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
Now let me tie everything together by paraphrasing these verses for you, again in my own words; “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: In my Father’s household or family are many MANSIONS, or many positions of power. Now I know you do not want me to go, however, it is expedient that I go to the cross and lay down my life for your sins, in order to make you a CLEAN vessel for the Holy Spirit to dwell IN you. This is the only way that I can appropriate the Comforter for you that he may not only be with you as he is now, but also dwell IN you as he dwells IN me, to EMPOWER you, so that you can be where I am. That is to say walk in the anointing that I am walking in now. The Father wants the Holy Spirit to dwell IN you also, so that you will be where I am, ANOINTED with the power of the Holy Spirit, and then you will be able to do the works that I have done, and even greater works. You will then be able to follow me, and live your life without sin as I have done. And if the time should come that you would have need to lay down your life for my sake, the Holy Spirit will strengthen you, and enable you to stand firm, and not deny my name. BELIEVE what I am telling you”.
The last thing that Jesus spoke to his disciples before he ascended into heaven was from them to tarry or to WAIT in Jerusalem UNTIL they were ENDUED with POWER from on high with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In other words Jesus was telling them don’t go out, and try to testify of me, UNTIL you are FILLED with the Holy Spirit, and endued with POWER from on high.
There are some that don’t believe they need the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but it seems pretty clear to me that if Peter, and the other disciples needed the Holy Spirit, then ALL believers need to be baptized with Holy Spirit, and to stay FULL of the Holy Ghost. Even Jesus was FILLED with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God and did all the he did THROUGH the eternal Spirit of God. Please read the study entitled "JESUS THE CHRIST" for a deeper understanding of this. Peter walked, and talked with Jesus, and was an eyewitness to the miracles that Jesus did, and believed with all his heart that if necessary he would lay down his life for Jesus, and yet Peter denied him three times before he was baptized with the Holy Spirit. Before being filled with the Holy Ghost Peter was NOT able to follow Jesus in his own strength, just as Jesus had said. However, after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit Peter had great boldness to stand firm for Jesus.
This WHOLE passage of scripture that we have been looking at is dealing with the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, so that sin would be eradicated from our lives in order that our vessels would be cleansed, and made new for the Holy Spirit to dwell IN us to do the same WORKS the he did in Jesus.
Mathew 9:17 says,
“Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
Now look at John 14:20,
“AT THAT DAY you shall know that I am in my Father and my Father in me, and I in you.”
Now skip down to verse 23,
“Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our ABODE with him.”
What day is verse 20 speaking of? It is referring to the day of Pentecost when all the disciples, about 120 in all, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The word “abode” here is the SAME word "MENO" in the Greek that is translated “mansions” in verse 2.
In other words being FULL of the Holy Spirit IS our "MANSION", or more precisely the position or PLACE of power and authority that Jesus prepared for us, and NOT a stately manor up in heaven, as so many of us have been falsely taught.
Remember Jesus said In Acts 1:3-11 that John truly baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. It is at this time that you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; then you shall be able to be witness unto me in both Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth. In other words the Holy Spirit shall not only be with you, but shall be IN you.
It is true that Peter denied Jesus three times even though he was thoroughly confident that he would lay down his life for Jesus. However, AFTER Peter was filled with the Holy Ghost he had great boldness, and stood up against the mocking of the crowd.
Look at Acts 2: 13-15
“Others mocking said, these men are full of new wine. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them. You men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you and hearken to my words. For these men are not drunken as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.”
Peter continued to witness Jesus to them until they were pricked in there hearts, and asked what shall we do?
Notice what Peter told them in Acts 2: 38 and 39.
“Then Peter said unto them REPENT, and be baptized EVERYONE OF YOU in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, and you SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST, for the promise is unto you, and to your children (everyone who BELIEVES), and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Remember Jesus said the world cannot receive the Holy Ghost. In other words you have to accept Jesus as your Lord, and Savior before you can receive the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit is made available to ALL the world, BUT each individual must come to the Father through his Son Jesus and be cleansed of their sins through repentance and baptism, before they will be allowed to receive the Holy Spirit. All of mankind has the Spirit of God drawing them to himself, but the world cannot receive the INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit UNTIL they yield themselves to the drawing of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus as their Lord and savior.
Receiving the Holy Spirit means that the Spirit of the living God comes and dwells WITHIN you. After you receive the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God not only lives with you, but now dwells IN you. Now verse 39 says that ALL who are saved are given the promise that they may receive the Holy Ghost. That is to say, if you are saved, then you are promised the baptism of the Holy Ghost. And just as you received salvation as an act of YOUR FAITH, so shall you also receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost as an act of YOUR FAITH.
You see, you do not always receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit the moment you are saved. I say always, because “some” have been baptized with the Holy Spirit the moment they are saved. However, this is generally not the norm, and there is no scriptural support for automatically being filled with the Holy Ghost the moment you are saved. To the contrary though, the Bible does tell us that one can be saved, but do NOT have the Holy Ghost dwelling IN them.
Acts 19:2 says,
“He said unto them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost”.
This verse clearly shows us that the teaching, if you are saved, then you have all the Holy Ghost you are going to receive, to be false doctrine. Paul did not ask these disciples at Ephesus if they had received the Holy Ghost just as idle curiosity for he knew that it was God’s will for ALL believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul asked these BELIEVERS at Ephesus if they had received the Holy Spirit yet, because he knew that everyone that accepts Jesus does NOT always receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the same time that they receive Jesus as their savior.
Remember Jesus said, and I paraphrase in my own words, “wait until you are filled with the Holy Spirit for he will endue you with power from Almighty God on high, which you will need to be my witnesses."
Notice in verse 6 of Acts 19,
“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them: and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied”.
It was ONLY AFTER Paul had laid hands on them that the Holy Spirit came upon them to dwell IN those disciples in Ephesus who were already saved and had the Holy Spirit WITH them , but not yet IN them.
Jesus paid a great price to prepare our MANSION for us, that is to say, Jesus has prepare for us to be clean vessels so that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit. So I exhort you with all my heart to begin to dwell in your mansion now. Your MANSION awaits you NOW. Don’t wait any longer.
RECEIVE YOU THE HOLY GHOST!
You cannot follow Jesus and live your life without sin in your own strength. You need to be endued with POWER from on high as Jesus instructed us. This power comes only through the infilling or INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit. We not only need to “initially” receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but we also need to be continually FULL of the Holy Spirit. Notice in verse 6 above that they spoke in TONGUES, and prophesied.
I will explain what I mean by remaining FULL of the Holy Spirit and SPEAKING IN TONGUES as we continue this study on “This Very Purpose” in the study that I have entitled as “STIR UP THE GIFT THAT IS WITHIN YOU”. This study that will empower you to live your life free from sin. I will share with you all the benefits of dwelling in your mansion here and now upon the earth as well as the consequences if you do not. Again, I strongly exhort you: Be you FILLED with the Holy Spirit! For this is your "mansion" or abiding place where you are endued with power from on high which Jesus went to prepare for you.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Always and Forever,
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