[SW074] 01/06/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“Work God’s Works”

I have often spoken of the privilege of being invited into the field which is the world, to harvest souls for God, through Christ.

But it is a command. And that was a revelation to me this week.

Jesus Christ’s command:

John 9:4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

Then Jesus heals a man born blind.
Never done before in the history of the world.

We must work the works of Him. And it is a WONDERFUL, glorious command!

We must, it is binding, it is a duty, we are responsible.

If it was impossible, Jesus would not command us to do it.
All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).

Work God the Father’s works, He commands us.
Now that is glorious!
God’s works are redemptive
and life-giving
and miraculous, defying the laws of nature!
We are to work His works,
commit to them,
be engaged in doing them,
minister them to people around us.

God’s works are to be our occupation,
our labor,
our work.

What are the Father’s works?

John 5:19   Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever  the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

So, if we look at what Jesus did, we see what the Father is doing.
We see what glorious things we are bound and responsible to do!

What did Jesus do?

To religious elite and beggars,
He said, “Repent and believe the gospel.” (Matthew 4:17).

He reproved sin (Matthew 9:11-17).

He healed the sick (Matthew 9:6-7)

He raised the dead (Matthew 9:18-25)

He cleansed the lepers (Matthew 8:1-3)

He cast out demons (Matthew 9:32-33).

In doing these miraculous things, He proclaimed His Kingdom which:

–Supersedes natural laws
–Is more powerful than Satan

And He commands us to do the same, and gives us the authority to do it:

Matthew 10:7 “And as you go, preach, saying,‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”

Oh, if we have received, we must give!
We cannot help but do it!
It is like breathing!
We proclaim His Kingdom,
repentance from sin,
and we work God’s works.

And even more:

John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and  greater works than these he will do; because  I go to the Father.”

After we’ve been filled with the Spirit (the context here), we will do
greater works than the disciples did through Christ’s authority,
greater works than what Christ did while He walked the earth!
Because it was not time, Christ did not baptize in the Holy Spirit;
we are able to do that after we are filled with Him!

How long does Jesus say we must work God’s works?

As long as it is day . . . because night is coming when no one can work.

As long as the Light of the world is in the world.

Christ is seated with the Father; He is the Light of the world.

But He is also in us, and we are in the world.

And His Spirit is here as well, in us and in the world.

Therefore, we who have His kabod in us are lights in the world.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and  glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

“Let” is not in the original Greek. It is a command. Glow with My light, He says!

What good works do we work? God’s works.
That is what He commands us to do.
Defying the laws of nature.

As long as we are in this world,
as long as the Holy Spirit is here,
the world is lit with His light.

We shine forth in the darkness that is happening right now.
This darkness is not the night Jesus speaks of.
He is speaking of complete darkness.
It will be a time when no one is working God’s works.

John 9:4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”

When will night come?

2 Thessalonians 2:5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?  6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.  7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only  he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.  

Taken out of the way — the original Greek is “comes out of the midst.”

The Spirit is in the midst of this world, on His own, and within us.

The Spirit, and all those in whom He dwells, will come out of the midst, and then the antichrist will be revealed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord  Himself will descend from heaven with a   shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always  be with the Lord.

Then night comes when the Spirit and the church leave the midst of it, leave the world.

The trumpet blast — the current state of the church

When I was taking classes toward ordination, one of my classmates was the son of a missionary. She told him she had to prepare for returns to the darkness and spiritual oppression of America. She told him that in the Philippines, demons were easy to detect — they did not hide. But she said it is different in America. Even in the church, they sit in the pews and stand in the pulpit!

In seminaries, where church leaders receive their education:

Professors discount prophecy; there is and never was any such thing.
The veracity of Jesus’ words is questioned. (The Jesus Seminar)
Miracles are not for today.
Being filled with the Spirit is not for today.

Those who speak such things do not see the Father,
or they would never say and teach such things.

Jeremiah 23:21 “ I did not send these prophets, [read, “professors”]
    But they ran.
    I did not speak to them,
    But they prophesied.
22 “But if they had  stood in My council,
    Then they would have  announced My words to My people,
    And would have turned them back from their evil way
    And from the evil of their deeds.

If this discipline of delusion (see Jeremiah 10:8)
is what students are being taught in seminary,
where they are trained to lead the church,
what happens to the Christians they lead?

In many churches,
repentance from sin is not preached (sin is not even mentioned),
so those in the pews continue to disobey God.

John 14:15  “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.”

John 14:21 “ He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and  he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will  disclose Myself to him.”

If we do not obey, we do not love Jesus.
If we do not love Jesus, we are not loved by the Father.
If we are not loved by the Father, He does not send the Holy Spirit to us.
And we are powerless.
The world yawns at us.
We cannot see what the Father is doing and do likewise.
We cannot announce that God is more powerful than the god of this world, Satan.

But Jesus Christ is here today.
He cries out to you, “Turn!”
He cries out to you, “Come!”

John 5:19   Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever  the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

That is how people will come to Jesus Christ.
Not through natural works that any moral, secular person can do.
But by shining with Christ’s light, and doing what we see the Father doing.
Then people will say, “God is with you,” and will repent (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).

Receive His words as truth, believe them,
turn from your sin, ask Him to forgive, and love and obey Him.
He will be in you!
His glory will shine forth from you.
You will see the Father’s works and do likewise!
You will be part of Jesus Christ’s church glorious!

Jesus Christ is here today.
He cries out to you, “Turn!”
He cries out to you, “Come!”
He cries out to you, “Receive!”
He cries out to you, “Believe!”
He cries out to you, “Work God’s works!”

His hand is stretched out to you now.

Grab it, and don’t let go!


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