Wednesday, 21 June 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 24

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 3)

“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. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” John 16:7-8 KJV

Welcome back, in this capsule we would conclude the discussion on the The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the third functional expression of The Apostolic Benediction. We have discussed a lot, it is practically impossible to do an adequate recap in the space available (I would plead with you to revisit the earlier capsules in this series). With that being said, let me summarise our discussion on the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit with two cardinal statements. (Please bear with me this capsule will be long but worth it, this one is a 'keeper')

The first is that, without a working understanding of this Fellowship, you cannot be an EFFECTIVE Christian. Love and Grace would not be a practical experience. Despite the fact that you are a New Creation, your approach to life's challenges will be purely humanistic.

The second statement is that, God needs us to have this Fellowship to express Himself here on earth (Ephesians 3:20, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:38). For some reasons, religion has downplayed and undercut this crucial truth. Remember God is a Spirit, He requires a willing human vessel to operate here on earth. Spirits without a physical body don't have a legal right to operate here on earth! That is why the Holy Spirit is in us, on the flip side that is why demons always seek to possess people. This is so important, only entities with physical human body have authority here on earth, and that is one of the reasons why God had to come as man to redeem us (John 5, 1 Timothy 3:16, Genesis 1:28, Psalm 115:16)

“Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” John 16:9-11 KJV

As promised, let's turn our attention to John 16:7-11 as we end this series. In verses 7-8, Christ told the disciples that it is to their benefit that He should leave, explaining that this void would be filled by the Holy Spirit who will do three things, reproved the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement. Christ in order to avoid wrong interpretation and misunderstanding of these three aspects of the general ministry of the Holy Spirit explained each in the right context in verses 9-11.  

The first is that He would reprove the world of SIN, because THEY believe not on Christ. The two key words are Sin (singular, not sins) and They. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of one sin only, the sin of rejection of Christ, every other thing is secondary. That is the whole essence of redemption, hence the word They. Christians are not perfect but are redeemed, so this first aspect is directed towards unbelievers, They, not us!

The second aspect is directed at the New Creations. The Holy Spirit will remind us of our righteousness (right standing) with God, because He, Christ would no longer be there to do that. The primary job of Satan is to deceive us by bringing condemnation (Romans 8:1), the Holy Spirit counters by reminding us that we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Anytime you feel condemned, it is not the Holy Spirit, He encourages, comforts, Helps, intercedes and reminds us of our right standing with God.

Lastly, 'of judgment, because the prince of this world (Satan) is judged (past tense). This tells you that the fate of Satan is sealed, he is hell bound. Once you know this you can always remind him of his future in the lake fire. This is a silencer and he knows it.

There is so much more to discuss but we must bring this series to rest for now. My prayer is that the next time you confess the Apostolic Benediction it will have the freshness and vigour that is imbued in those three functional expression of the Triune God. It's a reminder that we are not ordinary, we are special people equip for success because we are never alone. We have Grace, the abundant provision of Christ. The unconditional Love of the Father and Fellowship with Holy Spirit always.

CONCLUSION
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOWARDS US IS ALWAYS POSITIVE
  
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 23

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 2)

“All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:15 KJV


In the last capsule we had an introduction into the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the third functional expression of the God head. Some of what we discussed show that through this Fellowship we have an unparalleled advantage as New Creation. Through this Fellowship we have an understanding into the deep things of God, which subsequently makes us fit for purpose and service.

Contrary to common logic, Christ told the disciples that they had more to gain through this Fellowship, than with His own physical presence (I wish I had space to explain this). John 16:15, puts everything in a nutshell, Christ, redeemed us and made Grace available. The Holy Spirit enables us to partake of this provision of Grace. Now you see why this Fellowship is mentioned last in the Apostolic Benediction. Grace is the product of Love, which we can now enjoy through the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Remember that for the New Creation, the presence of the Holy Spirit is woven into our spiritual DNA. The Holy Spirit is WITHUS, IN US, FOREVER, we are anointed and this anointing abides! (1 John 2:27, John 14:16, Hebrews 13:5). What we need to do is walk in the consciousness and awareness, that is what is called KOINONIA: Fellowship, Partnership, Communion, Intercourse. Again, this cannot be exhaustive, but please follow me closely.

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 KJV (in context 1 Corinthians 2:9-16)


Remember our discussions on the New Creation. Always keep in view that God is a Spirit and He desires to communicate with you, Spirit (Holy Spirit) to spirit (John 4:24, John 3:6). This principle is re-emphasised in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11. Verse 12 says the reason why we Fellowship with the Holy Spirit is that ' We MIGHT KNOW the things that have been freely given to us of God'. God wants us to know even the deep things but He can only do it Spirit to spirit when we Fellowship with Him. In other words, the Holy Spirit receives these things and then download them into our spirit through Fellowship. Let's look at some of these things

“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.” John 14:26 KJV

The New Creation is designed to know all things and even when we forget, the Holy Spirit brings it to our remembrance (1John 2:20, 27). This sounds far fetched but it is true and we need to reach for it. The spiritual is governed by laws. We are not meant to be confused or fearful, faith always flow when there is knowledge (Romans 10:17).

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 KJV

When we Fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the future is not scary. Things should not take us by surprise (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4). We are not supposed to act on instinct alone, that is the low life. Our actions and way of life should be based on knowledge.

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26-27 KJV (in context Romans 8:26-28)

Praying based on head knowledge (or human understanding) only, has its limitations! When we Fellowship in prayer with the Holy Spirit these inadequacy are dealt with through the intercession of the Holy Spirit because He knows the perfect will of the God Head (1 Corinthians 2:10-11, 1 Corinthians 14:2). In other words the Holy Spirit takes hold within us to move us from the visible to the invisible realm, this makes prayer efficient and effective. (Romans 8:28 is contingent on the two previous verses and must never be taken out of context). This is what Paul describes as praying the mysteries in 1 Corinthians 14:2.

Lastly as we close, those who complain of boredom have not come to appreciate the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. I like to submit that idleness is at the root of most mischief among Christians. There is much that can be made available to us if only we know how to cultivate the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We will wrap everything up in the next capsule, and in rounding up, I hope to discuss John 14:8-11, it will completely change your thinking.

CONCLUSION
THE FELLOWSHIP WILL GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTHS, SHOW US THINGS TO COME AND BRING THEM TO OUR REMEMBRANCE.

Ps
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 22

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” 1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV





We have now come to the third functional expression of The Godhead as seen in the APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION.

A quick recap however, in the introduction I shared three cardinal thoughts. The first is that you should maintain the original intent and potency of the pronouncement, don't add MAY, it is unnecessary, unhelpful and redundant. The Apostolic Benediction is a reminder of what we have available always, so there is no reason to feel alone or exposed, never! Lastly, it helps to comprehend the working of the different manifestations of the Trinity. Please go through the four previous capsules to bring yourself up to date or refresh your mind. The most common feedback, I have received so far is that some modern translations of the bible have MAY in 2 Corinthians 13:14. This is an over translation, you will not find it in the original Greek text. I generally do not pass comments on the individual's preference of version (bible translation) in an open forum, but I will be happy to do so with a closed audience. However, as a general comment some of the modern translations indulge in over translation and paraphrasing, hence I would not recommend them as your primary study bible. In this capsule we will start our discussion on the FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:12-13 KJV

If Grace is the practical demonstration of the Love of the Father, Fellowship of the Holy Spirit reveals the true meaning of Grace and Love. It is impossible, I repeat impossible to understand the word of God without the help and inspiration of the Holy (1 Corinthians 12:3). The primary function of the Holy Spirit is to bring into manifestation the intentions of the Triune God (Luke 1:35-37). In John 16:12, Christ said there were things He would have loved to teach His disciples but without the guidance of the Holy Spirit they could not understand. In Verse 7 of the same chapter, He said it was to their advantage that He was leaving. Why? Because it will give them access to the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4-5, Christ instructed them to wait for the Holy Spirit before commencing the spread of the gospel. These are profound statements that underpin the place of the Holy Spirit in the life of New Creation.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV

In 2 Corinthians 13:14, the Greek word 'koinonia' is translated fellowship or communion (partnership, joint participation and intercourse). So what Paul was describing was a very intimate process and you need to have a good grasp of this. He wanted the Church at Corinth to realise that their individual relationships with the Holy Spirit does not stop after the service. In other words they have the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, this is what is called the anointing (Acts 10:38a). We would take a closer look at the benefits of this Fellowship in the next capsule. But for now let me say this, Fellowship of the Holy Spirit gives you an unparalleled advantage (John 16:7), Gives you understanding into the deep things of Christ, that is, the provisions of Grace (John 16:12, John 15:26) and Makes you fit for service (Acts 1:4-5, Acts 10:38).

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
John 14:17 KJV

Unlike in the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit is with us and in us because we are supposed to maintain intimate contact. In addition, He is with us forever (John 14:16). This is a concept that is not emphasised enough even among Pentecostals and Charismatics. In the Apostolic Benediction, Paul wanted the Corinthians to have a constant awareness of this fellowship. In the modern church, you often hear invitations to attend an anointed service. In my estimation, this turn of phrase is wrong and unfortunate. Any service or gathering is anointed because of the anointing (presence of the Holy Spirit) in Us (those attending the service). Not the other way round (1John 2:27, John 14:16). We carry the anointing in us, increased focus on fellowship with the Holy Spirit when we gather together makes us more sensitive to His presence and subsequent manifestations. Understanding this makes all the difference, it makes you realise that the Holy Spirit is available for fellowship always. The implication of this is huge, we would discuss the practical implications in the next capsules.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:16KJV

As we close this capsule I would like to leave you with these important thoughts from John 14:16. Christ called the Holy Spirit, 'another Comforter', meaning that Christ had been the comforter up till then. The Greek word 'parakletos' is translated comforter, helper, advocate. When you cultivate the fellowship of the Holy Spirit you have constant source of comfort, help and someone who is ready to plead your case better than you can, just like the disciples had with the man Jesus, even BETTER (another Comforter). Think about that till we meet next week.


CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A COMFORTER, HELPER AND ADVOCATE. WE SHOULD FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM



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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 21

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD, THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”1 Corinthians 13:8 KJV

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV

In the last capsule we started our discussion on the second functional expression of The Trinity, God's kind of Love. Never make the mistake of trying to find an analogy to God's kind of Love, nothing in ordinary human dealings is comparable. Instead meditate on the product of God's kind of Love, 'Grace', (the unearned, unmerited favour of God), this will provide all the insight you need. Grace is God's Love displayed. Secondly, if you are born again, know that this Love has already been imparted to you, in the New Creation (Romans 5:5). Once you understand this, expect it to manifest in your life as you mature (Galatians 5:22). Praying for it is actually counter productive because it presupposes that you don't have it. That contradicts the word of God. God has already commended and imparted His Love to us, it flows through us and it is for us.


Faith and Fear
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 KJV

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6 KJV

Consider these two scriptures. As you allow the Love of God to flow through you, fear loses it grip on your life simultaneously. Fear is born out of uncertainty, so of necessity it disappears when you begin to grasp the reality of God's unconditional Love. Likewise, Faith is a byproduct of Love, think about it, we don't have doubts about God power. What we struggle with is the feeling that we might not be worthy enough. Prayers becoming a long tedious repetition, thinking you need to convince God. When you understand this unconditional Love you are able to accept the free gift of Grace with joy. Love makes you realise that His goodness is at your disposal and faith then ceases to be a struggle.


Motivation for Holy living and Service
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:” 2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 KJV

Motivation for holiness and service must never be based on fear or sense of duty. These two are slave masters, they torment and will sap your energy. You will get 'found out' and eventually 'burn out' (1 John 4:18). You must always allow the Love of God to be the motivation behind all that you do. It takes the pressure away from you, because it's God working and flowing through you (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). 


The other side of Love
“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Hebrews 1:9 KJV

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19 KJV (context Romans 12:19-21).

Hebrews 1:9, describes a balance to God's kind of Love that most do not pay attention to. If it's God's kind of Love, it will demonstrate unconditional distaste and perfect hatred for every work of the evil one (1John 3:8b). Acts 10:38 (my paraphrase) 'Christ, went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil'.

Secondly, those who spend time cursing their 'enemies' either have a shallow understanding of God's kind of Love or do not trust Him to fulfil His word (take a look at Romans 12:19-21).

As we close, I hope you are beginning to see why the APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION is such a powerful pronouncement. The priceless GRACE of Christ and the unconditional LOVE of the Father brings stability and confidence, if that is what you focus on. This will cure all your carnal excesses. Hold on, there is more, because in the last two capsules we would look at the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.


CONCLUSION

ALWAYS REMIND YOURSELF OF THE GRACE AND LOVE


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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 20

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD


“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV

Amen! Thank you for joining us, we are discussing the all important subject of The Apostolic Benediction, popularly referred to as The Grace. I have received so many encouraging feedbacks. One of my partners said this teaching, just after two capsules switched on a light in him. I am eternally grateful to God for the inspiration. Remember that the Apostolic Benediction is suppose to be an anchor to keep your mind focused and steady on the functional presence of God in your life at all times. In the last capsule we looked at 'The Grace' (The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ). The UNEARNED. UNMERITED favour of God, which you must and can only receive as a gift (Romans 11:6). Understanding Grace gives you the assurance that what you are believing for already exist (Romans 5:1). Unlike what most believe, Grace set you free from sin, it does not set you free to sin (Romans 6:1-3). In this capsule, we would start on the second functional expression of the God head, the LOVE of God the Father. Again we cannot do an exhaustive study, the intention is to show you some practical applications.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- John 3:16 KJV

The Greek word Agape is translated 'The Love of God' or 'God's kind of Love'. This word was introduced into the Greek lexicon to describe this unique concept. It is virtually impossible to adequately describe it. Grace comes first in the three functional expression for a good reason. It gives you the practical demonstration of what Love, (Agape) is all about . The best way to study or understand God's kind of Love, is to pay attention to its product... Grace. From John 3:16, you can see that it is UNCONDITIONAL, ABSOLUTE, LAVISHED, ACTIVE and a DONE DEAL . Ephesians 3:18, says it is MULTIDIMENSIONAL and much more. For me it is probably one of the most difficult concept to teach or explain . To start with, 1 John 4:18 says 'God is Love'. My question is, how does one explain God? Secondly, because it is often mentioned in the church settings, a lot of people assume they know what it means . But the horrible things they ignorantly attribute to God is diametrically opposite to what Love is. Thirdly, it does not have an appropriate or comparable analogy, virtually every other human response is conditional and reciprocal. This concept of unconditional Love exceeds the ordinary human imagination. So again I say to understand the Love of God, look at Grace, His unearned, unmerited favour!

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5 KJV

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
- Galatians 5:16 KJV

With all these been said, if you are born again, the Love of God is already in you. What you need is the knowledge to help you understand and give it expression in and through you. Romans 5:5 says it has already been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that is, poured into us in immeasurable quantity. Galatians 5:22, describes it as the fruit of your regenerated spirit. Plants produce their fruit as they mature, it is not something they acquire, (Praying that God should give you love is a waste of time, because He already did). This is the reason why the Apostolic Benediction is an affirmative statement. This Love is not an 'act' that you put on, it is the nature of God in you and it should be allowed to flow through you. It is the spiritual instinct of the New Creation. As you make God your focus it will express itself, stop struggling (Galatians 5:16)

In this first capsule on the LOVE OF GOD, what we have done is to dispel some myths and give necessary insight. In the next capsule we would consider the practical applications. Keep in focus the original intention of Paul, the Apostolic Benediction was a seal of Authority to the church at Corinth. Something to take their focus away from the sin and behavioural problem they had. Something to keep them walking in the Spirit, so that sin would not dominate them (Galatians 5:16). We need to constantly remind ourselves that we have access by faith to the UNEARNED, UNMERITED FAVOUR and LOVE that gave birth to it.


CONCLUSION
WITH CHRIST WE HAVE GRACE, BUT LOVE GAVE BIRTH TO IT

Ps
In the next capsule we would look at the practical applications of God's kind of LOVE.
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 19

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17 KJV

For those joining us for the first time, we started on the subject of The Apostolic Benediction from capsule 18. This is commonly quoted but the significance is not commonly understood. The feedback I have received, confirms that this teaching is timely and appropriate. In the introduction we shared a few foundational thoughts. Paul, in his second letter to the church at Corinth meant this to be an affirmation, a statement of certainty. The addition of 'MAY' at the beginning as is often the practice in the modern church, removes the Authority necessary to enforce compliance in the spiritual. Secondly, if we live in constant awareness of this declaration, 'even when we are alone physically, spiritually, we are not really alone'. Lastly, unlike in the Old Covenant where the revelation of the divine is limited to God the Father. The Apostolic Benediction, gives a perfect functional expression of the Godhead in the life of a New Covenant saint.
Starting from this capsule, we would consider these functional expressions individually. We cannot do an exhaustive study, what I intend to do is show practical applications.



Part One

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 KJV

John 1:17, says it all. Moses brought the law with all its harshness and punitive measures. Christ brought the UNMERITED, UNEARNED FAVOUR and TRUE NATURE of God. What a startling contrast! Starting from the very first step of salvation, everything we enjoy is the product of the sacrifice of Christ. This is the true definition of grace, to make you cease from toiling, stop you from trying to 'EARN' God's favour but receive it as a GIFT (Romans 11:6). The concept of grace was scarce before Christ, it was not freely available, with trickles here and there (Genesis 6:7-8). But see John 1:16 'and of the fullness of Christ we have received grace upon grace, meaning, Christ came to lavish grace on us (my paraphrase). The result of redemption is, Grace in abundance like the world has never known: Freedom from the condemnation of sin, freedom from demonic oppression, freedom from poverty with divine health and healing on top. This is what it means to have a savior.

Paul wanted The Corinthians to focus on such magnificent resources. Can you imagine the peace of mind if we only believe this? It would not matter whether you are in the crowd or alone. Faith will no longer be a struggle, because you know what you have access to. Grace gives you the assurance that what you are believing for already exist.
 


 Part 2

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12KJV

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Romans 6:1-2 KJV

An in depth study of the two epistles to the church at Corinth would show you that they struggled with sinful and unruly behaviour. The cure for sin is; understanding what Grace truly means.

Grace sets you free from sin, (not to sin) because it teaches holy living, it makes sin distasteful (Titus 2:11-12). This is the flip side of grace, it creates such contentment when you know the depth of what you have in Christ. When you truly appreciate what you have, sin loses it's attraction because you are secure. The reason why Eve fell for the subtlety of the serpent was because she did not have a perfect understanding of her status, (none of us do perfectly, that is why we still sin to different degrees). Compare that with the three temptations of Christ and His responses. People sin because they think they are missing out, but if we truly appreciate the abundant provision of grace, you will go through 'the lean, mean times to reach the fat, rich times' (Philippians 4:12-13). This is something I constantly remind myself, because that is the purpose of the Apostolic Benediction. I hope you can see why there must not be any hesitancy if you are to maintain focus. Grace is the antidote to sin which leads to holy living (this requires a bit more explanation which we don't have space for here) Romans 6:1-2.

In the next capsule we would look at the second functional expression, LOVE. The two fits in very snugly. You cannot comprehend the unconditional LOVE of God in a practical way, until you taste the unmerited, unearned favour called Grace. No wonder it comes first in the Apostolic Benediction.


CONCLUSION
REMEMBER, IT IS 'THE GRACE........'!, AND NOT 'MAY THE GRACE......'


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 18

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE, LOVE, AND FELLOWSHIP

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV


INTRODUCTION
For quite sometime I have felt the need to teach on this important subject, but only recently felt the release to do so. In this series we would look at what is commonly referred to as 'The Grace' in Christian gatherings. A more appropriate description is THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION. Virtually every Christian I know can quote this by heart, and tradition dictates that the service is not complete without it. Unfortunately, like most things we do, because we have not taken time to meditate on its significance, it has lost its meaning and potency, it has become another ritual. Even the embellishment that is often added is unhelpful. Honestly, it is not my intention to ruffle any feathers but there really is no easy way to kill a sacred cow. To most people this is just some set of words put together. I pray and believe that by the end of this series, you will gain a better understanding such that you will walk in the reality of these life giving words called 'The Apostolic Benediction', Amen.




Affirmation
In this introduction, the first thing I would like to observe is that this is a statement of affirmation, an emphatic declaration, and it is intended to be so. Paul ended his second letter to the Corinthians with this benediction as a seal to all he has said to them before. By adding the word 'may' as we commonly do, it removes the emphatic tone and intent, it becomes a suggestion. It introduces an unnecessary hesitance or contingency (lack of certainty) to what should be an audacious pronunciation. This sounds like something innocuous (innocent), but in the spiritual, words mean everything. Paul was not suggesting, no not at all.

The second point is that although this pronouncement is made at the end of the service and rightly so. The intention is for it to be food for thought when we are not together. To remind you and help you walk in the consciousness of who you are in Christ when there is nobody around to encourage you. A confession to keep you steady, 'The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with me'. It tells you what you have available even when you are alone. The reason why some might be filled with trepidation when they visit their 'village' or some other place is because they feel alone and exposed. When you have the revelation of the Apostolic Benediction, you will realise you are never alone. It gives you a peep into the spiritual atmosphere surrounding you, like Elisha asking God to open the eyes of his servant (2 Kings 6:17)


“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:9-10 KJV


The third point to note, (which we would go into details in the rest of the series) is that, it confirms the completeness of who we are in Christ. Often we struggle to explain the reality of the Godhead (Trinity). I believe that we see the perfect functional expression of the Triune God in the Apostolic Benediction. We understand and appreciate the person of the risen Christ through the grace He made available to us by His death and resurrection (Romans 5:15). The perfect expression of the Father is the Love that He has bestowed on us because that is who He is (1 John 4:8, John 3:16). The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and help through fellowship, He is in us and with us (John 14:16-17). Can you now see what Paul was alluding to? The Apostolic Benediction is not just something you tag to the end of a service, it is a reminder of what you should walk in the consciousness of after the service.

As we close this introduction, I hope we have laid the foundation to get you thinking. There is good reason why Paul brought this three elements together in closing his letter to the Corinthians. David declared that even when he walked in the 'valley of the shadow of death' he will fear NO EVIL, because God's rod and staff gives him comfort. (Psalms 23:4). If David who had an inferior covenant could say that. Imagine the victory we have when we are in constant awareness that we have GRACE, LOVE and FELLOWSHIP, the functional presence of the God Head with us always. The problem is most don't know and those of us that know easily forget. In the next few capsules, we will take a closer look and remind ourselves, let's release those life giving words.


CONCLUSION
THERE IS NO HESITATION, IT IS A CONSTANT REALITY: WE HAVE GRACE, LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP

Ps
I say thank you for you faithfulness, encouragement and support, it means a lot to me. Thankfully one of my partners have dragged me into the 21st century, expect some twits, it will be good.
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Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk