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Series: Other Speakers
Sun am 1st June 2014 – William Thompson
(John. 8:12); (Matt. 4:15); Matt. 16:13-20; (Acts 9:18); 2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 2:3;
2 Cor. 4:10-11; Luke 1:38; (Gen. 1:1)
When we understand who we are then it is easier for us to do what we need to do. Our doing comes out of who we are. If we cannot wait to stop doing what we are doing so that we can be ourselves, then there is a problem. Who you are needs to be reflected in what you are doing. Your doing is the outworking of who you are. We are going to talk about who we are and how an understanding of who we are propels us into the freedom to be who we are. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world” (John. 8:12), and then He said “you are the light of the World” (Matt. 4:15). Jesus said: “this is who I am and for you to see who I am, I need to help you understand who you are, because I am your Brother. You are co-heirs with Me to all Our Father has given us.”
We are going to be revealing, celebrating, and remembering the truth. It is already there. The truth is Christ. He is the first of many brethren. “Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They said, “Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. I also tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ (Matt. 16:13-20). He asks two different questions: the first is: who do people say that the Son of Man is? And then He says: Who do you say that I am? It is the understanding of the “I AM”; the clarity of the I Am who is the center, the foundation. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end; He is unchangeable. You are the Christ; the Truth, the Eternal, “I am upon which everything is built”.
This truth can only be seen through the eyes of the Spirit. Flesh and blood cannot see the Eternal; only something of Eternity can see Eternity. The Rock is the I Am. Jesus is saying to Peter that on this rock of revelation, of the Eternity, of the I Am, He is building the church and Peter was a piece of that Rock. Jesus had to remind them: “Who am I? What is the truth? How do you see Me? How do you understand Me?” And it was Paul, when the scales fell from his eyes that he saw the truth in a clarity that nobody had really seen before (Acts. 9:19). Our eyes are being renewed; we see the truth clearer and clearer to a greater extent. Jesus asks His disciples to keep it a secret. Why keep that a secret? Because this understanding of the Christ is so profound that if all His disciples wandered around saying “Jesus is the Christ”, then all of a sudden the Christ would be cramped into One person but Jesus was saying, “It not just me. I am Jesus-Christ, I am an expression of this Christ; I am the first fruit of this Christ. I am not one Christ bottled in one person. The Christ is a many member body.” He was the first seed. When it died, this Christ exploded into mankind. What does that mean? For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen”, to the glory of God through us (2 Cor. 1:20). The purpose of our lives is to be a manifestation of Him on this earth. Everything that I am is because of Him. The ways that I express my love and thankfulness to the Father is by showing Him to the world. I am alive to be a manifestation of God’s love, goodness, faithfulness, patience, perseverance, everything. The world needs to see God and they are going to see Him through us. Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and reveals through us the sweet aroma of his knowledge in every place (2 Cor. 2:14). being revealed that you are a letter of Christ, served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone, but in tablets that are hearts of flesh (2 Cor. 2:3); always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh(2 Cor. 4:10-11). When something is seen, that is the Glory. The Glory comes when God is seen. These promises of God that are hovering over mankind are waiting, are yearning, they are seeking out to be manifest and yearning for a response, for an ‘amen’. It has to be of the same substance otherwise it does not work.
It is the obedience to the promise, to the word, that brings the glory. It is a promise which needs a response; an ‘amen’ to it that brings the glory. It is the same as what happened to Mary when the Word came, the response was there and conception took place (Luke 1:38). In the same way the Spirit hovered over the waters in Genesis (Gen. 1:1). The Spirit is hovering over mankind looking for obedience, reverence and sacrifice; that is when the glory comes. We need to remind one another of times where the glory has been seen in our lives. The glory of God is evident in our lives because we are the Christ. Our minds still have to be renewed.