What Is Man?

Sun am 20 October 2019 – Dr. Alexander Chisango

John 14:1; Matt. 6:24,33; Gen. 24:1-6; (Matt. 16:22); (John 11:16); (Matt. 6:10); Psalm 8; (Gen. 1:26); (Col. 1:26-27); (Jos. 6:1-5); Heb. 11:32-35; (Dan. 6:10-23); (Dan 3:16-18); Is. 55:8-9; (Deut. 6:4); (Eph. 1:15-18); (Acts 27:21-26); Is. 60:1-3

“Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). It is very difficult to build with people whose hearts are troubled, because you speak one thing and they hear another thing; you go somewhere, they go elsewhere. Through the economic door of the kingdom, Joseph was able to bring stability to his brothers and their families. They were able to stop worrying about food and drink and they were able to become stable and hear about the kingdom of God, to prepare for the exodus. Joseph did not change his message. The same message he told them before they sold him into slavery, he gave them again about 22 years later and this time they bowed down. The difference was that their hearts were no longer troubled – their hearts were now economically secure.

The kingdom of God is an umbrella with answers for everything. That is why Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:24, 33). For most of Christianity today, it is about having a ‘shopping list’  bit the answer is in seeking the kingdom, because once you get the kingdom itself, all these other things fall into place. Your hearts are no longer troubled!

When Abraham sent his servant to seek a bride for Isaac, before going, he asked a lot of questions – his heart was troubled. The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came? But Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there” (Gen. 24:5-6). Abraham answered very well, saying, “Beware” – be cautious, be careful. I see Abraham as father being a picture of God the Father. Isaac the son is a picture of the Son of God, Christ. The servant is a picture of the Holy Spirit, on a mission to get a bride for the Son and to build the kingdom of the Father. We are making the mistake of taking Christ to the people. We must not take Christ to the people; we must bring people to Christ! The people must leave the place where they are and come to Christ! We have people in the churches where hearts are troubled, because they never left! They never came for the marriage. They are still in their situation and they are trying to co-opt Christ to bless their situation and want to continue without transformation! That is the reason for all the troubles in the Church. It is the bride that must come to the Bridegroom. The problem is we are still operating in our place; we did not come to His place and His place is the kingdom. We have to come to His kingdom – seek first his kingdom!

God is building one body, one kingdom with many voices, many rivers, but we are not going to be continuing forever and ever just doing what we were doing, because the kingdom must come. If what we were doing and the way we were doing it has not brought the kingdom of God on earth, then it means we are candidates for reformation – candidates for transformation – so that we move to the next level. I am trying to call us back to what was in the mind of God, which has not yet changed.

I am trying to tell you who you are supposed to be. David, the Psalmist, is puzzled by what was in the mind of God – the order of God’s thinking about you. David is saying, “What is man?” (Psalm 8). David does not start from man. He starts from the universe saying: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (Ps. 8:3-4). Suddenly, after You formed all these things, You say, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion” (Gen. 1:26). These are things He never spoke about animals or about the sun, moon or stars. God puts all of that under mankind! What is man? There is the mystery of God in man: Christ in you the hope of glory! (Col. 1:27).

The Israelites were told very simple things by God through Joshua. They were told that Jericho was not the problem. Jericho could be invaded and transformed by you. I am going to show you that you have authority over Jericho. You are just going to walk around Jericho. You are not even going to fight! You are just going to allow God to be in you as you walk around Jericho. You walk around these high places, fortresses, around all these gods. When you just walk around and blow the trumpet on the seventh day, everything will come down (Josh. 6:1-5). And it was so! What is man? What was the secret in man?

David says, “All these things, You have formed them – they are magnificent! What is man that you are mindful of him? You package yourself into him.” You have crowned him with glory and honour (Psalm 8:5). That word ‘glory’ in the Hebrew is ‘kabod’, meaning the weight, the majesty, the fullness of God – in us! You crowned him with God in him. Do you know that we are guilty of demoting ourselves? We are guilty of harassing ourselves. We are guilty of firing ourselves from who and what God has made us to be! David says, “What is man?” He is talking generally. Now I am going to add on to say, “What is man when God is in him?” There is mankind without God, yet he is still of serious consequence – even without God man is powerful. David now says, “But God, in Your mind, You had a degree of excellence that You were thinking and when you formed man, when You crowned him with authority and honour, You put Yourself in him. When You are in him, man should be able to do wonders.” This is why the Gospel of the kingdom is the suitable Gospel for man, because the authority, the potential, the capacity that God put in you does not fit in religion! It is not for religion, it is for something greater! Go back to Genesis 1 after God formed man, after God had created all other things, God rested. After man was put in place, God rested. He just knew that it is done – “My kingdom should now be safe.”

If today you look at the confusion of men, who were left by God to continue expanding God’s order, if you look at how many stooped so low. Some worship money – men self-demoted. Others are worshiping creation, which they were put in charge of – they are now worshiping it! Others are now worshiping one another – they are not blind to the true Maker. But David calls us back, he says let us think again: What is man? There is a secret, a mystery – there must be something greater! If you read Hebrews 11 about the heroes of faith, almost all of those heroes of faith were not preachers on a high pedestal, but they turned the world upside down! (Hebrews 11:32-35).

When Daniel was in the lion’s den, he stood on kingdom principles, kingdom values (Dan. 6:10-23). It is a kingdom principle that I am already crowned with glory and honour! I am going to express the kingdom in my workplace. In my workplace I will refuse idolatry – that is kingdom impact. I will make everything serve my Lord. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire, they did not look for Scripture to preach to the fire – they stood by principle, they stood on principle trusting God to deliver them. They also had a higher principle, saying, “But even if he does not” (Dan 3:16-18), because God is not obligated transactionally (Is. 55:8-9). Kingdom life is principled. Even if He does not deliver us, we will still not bow down to the image. In other words, we do not serve Him transactionally. We do not serve Him for items that we get from Him. We just serve Him because there is no-one else to trust. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (Deut. 6:4) – we live by that principle.

We are mankind, crowned with glory and honour! The things that are being thrown out at us so that we might fear them, the reality is that they were placed under our feet! So we cannot be conned, we cannot be deceived into worshipping them. We cannot be deceived into bowing down to them. That is why right now, your hearts must not be troubled! What is man? There is something so powerful that God has put in you. Surely your calling is greater, your purpose is greater! Paul writes in his opening letters to the churches: … that the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:15-18). It is beyond understanding – it is all surpassing.

While Paul is in the ship sailing to Rome, a storm comes to try derailing the agenda of God’s kingdom that God has deposited in man. The ship is breaking down, the stars are not visible, the sun is not visible – it is all dark – but God is in man, in the ship. Then the angel of the Lord appears to Paul saying, “Fear not” (Acts 27:23-24). He does not speak to the captain of the ship; He speaks to the man in whom Christ is. Man was crowned with glory and honour! Man has answers for nations! Christ in you begins to make you something else! The riches of wisdom, the treasures, everything is in you. No more long queues of counselling sessions. No more long queues of laying on hands sessions. When the Israelites came into kingdom order, when they aligned with the voice of Christ, the Bible says they came out with silver and gold and there was not one person feeble among them. Divine order heals people at a corporate level. Today man has reduced himself into a soccer ball, tossed left and right and centre by all winds of doctrine. But today I say: What is man? Man is something in the eyes of God – something greater!

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Darkness might cover the earth, gross darkness might cover the people of the world; but the glory of the Lord will be seen upon you. Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings shall come to the brightness of your rising(Is. 60:1-3).