[SW258] 11/25/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“The Purpose of Access, Part 2”
[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]
Texts: Ephesians 2:3, 6 & 10, John 16:13-15, Luke 21:15, and others
What is the greatest purpose for your access to the very throne of God? I will show you!
Thanks be to God that when you obey Jesus Christ’s command to be filled with His Holy Spirit and your heart is cleansed and purified (Acts 15:9), you become a “formerly.” You become one who USED TO LIVE in the lusts of the flesh and of the mind (Ephesians 2:3), but now you do not live that way any more. Beloved, if you are not a “formerly,” Ephesians 2:6 is not your promise nor your condition. How may you become a “formerly?” By being filled with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ, who fills all things (Ephesians 1:23).
Last week, I said that the purpose of our access to the throne room of God, the purpose for us being seated (spiritually) with Christ and God in the heavenly places, is to do the “God works” that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). And what did I say His works are? To have His radiance, to shine, so that the nations come to the light of Him that is in us, and kings come to the radiance of our shining (Isaiah 60:1-3)!
What else did I say is a “God work?” It is to proclaim the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to set captives free (Isaiah 61:1-3), AND to always speak of the coming judgment for those who reject the Gospel. Otherwise, what need is there to be saved? But if someone understands that judgment and hell are coming for all those who do not receive Jesus Christ, then they understand that they must be saved!
After I preached last week, the Lord showed me another purpose for access to the very throne room of God. And that is what I have come to tell you today.
There is another “God work” that He wanted me to show you, from John 16:13-15.
By this particular “God work,” Jesus Christ is glorified, also.
In John 16:13, we learn that the Holy Spirit TEACHES us ALL things (“teach” is the originial Greek here). What things? All the things that the Father has, and that the Father has given to the Son. He takes all these things that both the Father and Son have, and shows them to us. He teaches us! Teaching involves the impartation of wisdom and truth. So the Holy Spirit teaches us all of the wisdom and truth of the Father and of the Son! He teaches us all the wisdom They have!
Why? Jesus promises His disciples in Luke 21:15 that He will give them a mouth (the original Greek), and wisdom which no opponent is able to resist or refute. When Peter and John were before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, they had wisdom that no fishermen were supposed to have. After all, they had flunked out of rabbi school, and been told to go and apprentice with their father. All Hebrew boys went to rabbi school, but some were asked to leave because they were not bright enough to be rabbis.
But here were Peter and John, mere fishermen, and the Sanhedrin were amazed at their wisdom (Acts 4:13)! They knew it was from God. It was a miracle, a wonder, a sign. It was a testimony that they had been with Jesus. But Jesus had died and been raised and was no longer on the earth. So how did they get this wisdom? How could these unlearned men suddenly speak in a way that they could not resist and refute? It was God’s wisdom that came out of their mouths, and the Sanhedrin knew it!
In Acts 6:10, Stephen lived out Luke 21:13, and John 16:13-15. “But they were unable to cope (oppose, resist) with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.” So they vowed to destroy him, and he was stoned to death, but not before he spoke great words of God’s wisdom and truth to them, in Acts 7! And they KNEW it was not Stephen’s wisdom, but God’s.
In 1Corinthians 2, Paul addresses the church at Corinth’s penchant for wanting to here fancy preaching, great orators and such. But Paul says he did not come to them that way (2:1). His message and preaching were not of (human) wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (2:4). He speaks to them not in words taught human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
He spoke God’s wisdom and God’s truth, and it was obviously a “God work.” Paul could not have that kind of wisdom in his natural mind. All of man’s wisdom that he had learned as a Hebrew, as a Pharisee among Pharisees, he considered dung, compared to knowing Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:8)!
He prayed for the churches at Ephesus and Colossae to be filled with all SPIRITUAL wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9, Ephesians 1:16). Why? They could not possibly be the church until they operated by the Father and the Son’s wisdom and truth.
Man’s wisdom will never do! And that is what Jesus is saying through me, to you, today. If the church is not filled with God’s wisdom and truth, then it is because she has not stayed and waited. She has disobeyed a command of Jesus Christ, the command to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to have her heart made clean, so she would be spiritually seated in the heavenly places with God in Christ Jesus!
The result? Those in the church who have disobeyed Christ’s command cannot do any of His “God works” that He has prepared in advance for them to do. They do natural good works, the same ones unbelievers do. They must not neglect to do those, too, for that also is a command of Jesus Christ. But He is glorified when they have His Spirit teaching them ALL wisdom and ALL truth, the same wisdom and truth the Father and Son have.
They will work in the natural, and what is that? Good, but not what God has prepared in advance for them to do! They cannot radiate, they cannot shine, no nations or kings will come to their light, to their shining, if they are not filled with the Holy Spirit.
They cannot announce the Good News and set captives free, and I tell you there is nothing on earth that can compare with watching God use you to see captives free!
I have seen so many set free! But if you are not equipped, if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, He cannot teach you God’s wisdom so you know what to say.
A quick story — I was in a Bible study with a man who had recently had his knee replaced. He had not walked since. The Lord suddenly exclaimed through me, “The Lord is able to make you stand!” And that man began to walk, and he is still walking. Glory to God!
And those who do not obey Christ’s command to be filled with the Holy Spriit surely will refuse to speak of the coming judgment, as is the case in many churches today. I say this to your shame.
Because of what God has done in me, I am able to do “God works” that He has prepared in advance for me to do. I repeat what the Spirit teaches me, I radiate and shine, I proclaim the Good News and set captives free because I am filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
My words are obviously from Him, and the Holy Spirit teaches me so I may have God’s wisdom in order to counsel as God counsels, to remove roadblocks and mountains of unbelief, to go where He wants me, to discern pretenders and exhort and correct them (1Corinthians 5:12-13).
Christian, you MUST be filled! If you are not filled, you are disobeying Jesus Christ’s command. You are not taught by the Holy Spirit, you do not have the Father and the Son’s wisdom and truth, and Christ is not glorified through you, AND you have no view of the future (John 16:14b)!
So if you see your need for His wisdom and truth today, here is what to do. While it is still Today, come to Jesus Christ and the Father. Confess your sin, confess you are not a “formerly” but are still walking according to the fleshly desires and passions.
Ask Him to crucify you, so you no longer follow fleshly lusts and desires (Galatians 5:24). Ask Him to crucify your flesh, so you no longer live but Christ lives in you (Galatians 2:20). Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will, and then you will glorify Him. You cannot glorify Him any other way, beloved. Do it today, and you will see “God works” all around you, prepared in advance for you to do! Amen.