light spectrumRecently I had an in-depth conversation with a pastor which we were in revival with and the conversation began to shift towards certain aspects of the church today. Please understand that when I state this word “church” I am not implying an organization or fellowship. The first mention of the word “church” as we understand it was in direct relation to Peter’s understanding of who Jesus was and upon declaring “thou art the Christ,” Jesus responded:

Matthew 16:18-19   18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.   19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

First off we must notice that the revelation that Peter had of the identity of Jesus directly catapulted him into a prophetic position of authority and power. For anyone that feels the identity of Jesus is trivial does not understand the power that comes through the revelation of the One God in Jesus the Christ. And so Jesus in response to this understanding of His identity speaks a prophetic word upon Peter (pebble or small rock) that upon THIS ROCK (not Peter but rather the foundation of the revelation of the identity of Jesus) would He build His church.

The church which would emerge in the book of Acts after the outpouring of the Spirit of God would be a living entity which was and would be Jesus centered. Everything would be done in the Name of Jesus. Devils would be cast out in the name of Jesus; sickness would be healed in the name of Jesus; baptism would occur in the name of Jesus. Why is this so? Because the foundation of the church would be built upon the understanding of who Jesus is and when we understand who He is we then understand that ALL POWER was given Him in heaven and earth. Did not Jesus declare the promise of the father that would come which was also called the comforter in another instance which was stated would be sent in HIS (Jesus) Name? Then Luke records in Acts 1:8 that we should receive POWER after which the Spirit is come upon us.

When I can understand the mystery of godliness and understand the mystery of God manifest IN flesh then I can truly understand the powerful revelation of what it means to receive the Holy Ghost. GREATER works than these shall ye do also is possible because GREATER is HE that is IN ME! The word “manifest” is translated in the most literal sense as “APPARENT.” How often I have heard men and woman of God dance around the concept of the in filling of the Holy Ghost who are afraid to make the Spirit we received equal with the Spirit that was in the man Jesus.

We have the same Spirit that Jesus had in Him if we have received the GIFT of the Holy Ghost which was evidenced by the speaking in tongues as the SPIRIT gave the utterance. We did not receive some mediocre spirit nor did we receive anything other than the ONE Spirit of the ONE God whom the Bible declares: God is a Spirit. Therefore when we receive the Holy Ghost we are to MANIFEST God in our flesh. It should become APPARENT to everyone around us that God is dwelling within us. All too often we focus so much on the INITIAL EVIDENCE of the in filling of the Holy Ghost that we fail to teach and be obedient to the CONTINUING EVIDENCE which is the fruit of THE SPIRIT.

When we were admonished to produce the fruit we were being admonished to manifest the Spirit. “They shall no them by their fruit!” Where we get this confused is we immediately focus so much on the fruit that we forget what the fruit is produced from. It is the “fruit of the spirit,” and if I could be very simple and stretch the illustration a little we could literally state that the Spirit is the TREE and the fruit is what is produced out of the tree.

John 15:4-8   4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Therefore, although redundant, the fruit is the equivalence of manifesting the Spirit. That is why the Apostle Paul consistently talked about living in the Spirit and walking in the Spirit because he understand that through living and walking in the Spirit we would manifest the Spirit. In his many great treatises on the flesh and spirit and the war within Paul also makes it resoundingly clear that if we live and walk in the flesh we will manifest the flesh.

Galatians 5:19   19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest…

The power of Jesus the Christ was that He manifested God in the flesh instead of allowing the flesh to manifest flesh. He did what no other man before had done aside from the first man Adam and that was to manifest both the IMAGE and LIKENESS of God. Because of this clear manifestation of both the image and likeness of God it translated into dominion which was the same thing the first man Adam had received based upon his being formed in the image and likeness of God. What is so powerful is that in Isaiah 46:2 it declares that there is none LIKE God and yet in the beginning we find that Adam was created in the LIKENESS of God. This does not contradict scripture but rather substantiates it! Adam was created in the LIKENESS of God because God was in Adam! Adam manifested the present of God! Adam reflected God!

If I could take this a step further, although I preach this just about everywhere I go, look at the representation which Ezekiel gives of Lucifer before his fallen state.

Ezekiel 28:13-15  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

In more than one instance throughout the Bible we find men of God using certain analogies to explain what they saw or understood God to speak to them. When Ezekiel explained Lucifer whom was the anointed cherub that covereth we find that the description involves numerous gems and precious stones as the covering which Lucifer had. What this is really projecting through interpretation was that the covering which Lucifer had was “light.” Lucifer reflected the Light of the one who had created him. The moment of judgment though occurred when Lucifer went beyond just reflecting the Light to wanting to BE THE LIGHT. He was the son of the morning and he served the Bright and Morning Star!

Isaiah 14:12-14   12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! {O Lucifer: or, O day star}  13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

The true tragedy is not so much that Lucifer wanted the throne of God but rather to make himself equal with God. His desire was to sit in the seat of authority and rule and reign with God over the other beings of creation. However, the moment this occurred the monotheistic and absolute sovereign nature of God rebutted the attempt because as God declared to Isaiah:

Isaiah 45:5-6   5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:  6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

And therefore we quickly understand the deception of a fallen Lucifer in the world today because Satan understands the nature and identity of God which he USED TO reflect and manifest!

2 Corinthians 11:14   14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light

What is truly said was that in the Garden in Eden when Lucifer spoke to Eve and began to tempt her with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was that the temptation was the exact same which had brought Lucifer the morning star low and the ruler of darkness. Satan had received an answer to his desire of wanting to ruler over the other stars(angels) but it was a leadership and ruler ship void of the authority and presence of God. He had become the prince and ruler of darkness, substandard to the King and Ruler of the Heavens!

Genesis 3:1-5   Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?   2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

If the solemn voice of reason would have cried out at that juncture of time into the confused mind of Eve and revealed that she was already LIKE God perhaps the temptation to be A GOD would not have carried such a weight. They were already God-like and yet they fell for the same exact sin which Lucifer and fallen for. The Bible speaks of mysteries and among those mysteries are two which carry profound implication. One is the Mystery of Iniquity and the other is the Mystery of Godliness. The former is that men try to become God and the latter is that God became man.

And so in one moment of time upon the disobedience of the Word of God something was immediately lost in Adam and Eve when they partook of the fruit which was restricted to them. Unfortunately there is only One God that understands and knows of evil yet cannot be evil. Because God is Holy and there is no shadow of turning within Him the effects and desires of evil cannot change Him nor become Him.

What then was it that Adam and Eve lost? I shall carry this over into the next portion of this subject.