The Need For Separating the Soul from the Spirit

 

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul (psyche) and spirit( pneumatos) , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit(pneuma) and soul(psyche) and body(soma) be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

·        It is crucial for us to learn how to differentiate between our souls and our spirits, and even know that the two exist.

·         In the original Greek New Testament the distinction is radical.  Man’s spirit, or God The Holy Spirit, is defined as a pneuma.  Our word pneumatic originates from this, and has to do with air or breath.  The Meridian Webster dictionary defines pneumatic as something that is “moved or worked by air pressure”. 

·        Our spirit is the organ that God has given us to embrace, discern, and manifest the pneumatic or windy movements of the Holy Spirit.  Our souls were never equipped for this function!!  The human spirit is the organ that gives residence, or is home to God’s Holy Spirit. 

·        The role of the human spirit is generally a passive or inactive one.  The soul on the contrary is always active.  Our spirit works as a protective womb for the presence and the motions of the Spirit of the Living God within us.  It is very much connected with our hearts, and our consciences.  Through its abilities, the human spirit embraces, discerns, and reveals what Jesus does in the Holy Spirit. 

 

John 4:24  God is a Spirit(pneuma): and they that worship him must worship him in spirit(pneuma) and in truth.

 

John 3:8  The wind(pneuma) bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.(pneumatos).

 

What is the Soul? 

·        The soul (pyche or psuche in the Greek) is the combination of faculties that consists of the mind, intellect, will, and emotions.  The soul performs rational and intellectual functions.  The rational will never capture the wind!   This is why we are unable to discern God with our souls alone.

·        As we shall see later on, it is also impossible for God to dwell in our souls.  One of the reasons for this is that our souls are open to the attack and deception of the enemy.  This occurs because quite often our decisions are based on feelings.  God then, had to create an organ within us which is not affected either by our emotions or intellect; mainly our human spirits.  Let us observe the distinction between the soul and the spirit.

·        The soul, as I said earlier, is a combination of our mind, will, intellect and emotions.  Its function contrary to the spirit is not to reveal, but to actively work and choose.  It is the mediator between our bodies and our spirits.  The soul is constantly involved in a struggle to choose between the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the promptings of our carnal flesh, our un renewed minds, the world, and the trickeries of Satan.  The Spirit of the living God within us, must become manifested enough to win the battle for the soul.

·        The responsibility of the soul then is to submit itself continuously to the Holy Spirit.  When it does that, the soul will take us in the ways of the Lord.  God must bring our will to a point where it has no more desire than to submit itself to the wishes of the Holy Spirit.  Our emotions must be healed and stilled before the Lord so that we can attend to that “still small voice within”.  Immature believers, or believers that are still bound in the throes of demonic oppression or past hurts, are unable to discern clearly the quiet voice of the Lord within.  Because the emotions are still screaming out, they drown out the presence of the Lord. All deliverance, inner healing, counseling, and therapy must be directed at setting us free to hear and uncompromisingly obey the Holy Spirit.  Healing is the means of becoming spiritual or pneumatic Christians.  Our mind and intellect must be renewed by the word of God so that it can adequately understand what the Holy Spirit wishes.

·        The spirit must become totally free, and delivered from all impurity and bondage so that it stands out supreme.

 

The Revelation of Christ in the Spirit

 

1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

 

1 Cor 1:5  That in every thing ye are enriched by (By or In Him) him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

 

Re 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony (The revelation) of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy

 

Eph 6:10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power (dominion) of his might (inner strength).

 

Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

 

The Works of the Father In The Spirit

1Cor 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10  But God hath revealed them( taking the lid off) unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth(sounds out) all things, yea, the deep things of God.

 

John 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the rhema words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

 

John 17:8  For I have given unto them the rhema words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 

John 15:26 ¶ But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

 

  1 Cor 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

 

 

The Life of the Spirit Develops the Rhema Word

 

John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 Greek: In the beginning was the logos, and the logos was in fellowship and communion with God, and God was the logos.

·        The word of God is comprised of the logos and the rhema word.  Both are absolutely essential in furnishing us with the fullness of God’s knowledge and will, both as individual believers and corporately in our churches.  The logos word defines God in general concepts and ideas to give us the “big picture” of who God is. 

·        The rhema word is a moment-to-moment portion of the logos word uttered by the voice of God’s Spirit and “tailored made” to equip us with God’s commands, guidance, and the fulfillment of our needs in accordance to our specific circumstances. 

·        With God: Not that Jesus was with God as one who was next or alongside Him, but as one that is with God because He lives in continual fellowship and communion with Him.

·         The word was God. More correctly, “God was the logos”.  Jesus, as God the Son, is first found in an eternal and continual communion with God the Father, so He can then come to mankind as the logos word, which translated and interpreted to us the conceptuality of the Father. 

John 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

·        This one was from all eternity is in constant communion and fellowship with God. (John repeats the theme of verse one to emphasize the complete sufficiency of Jesus to assume the role of  “God, the logos word” to humanity.

 

 Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every RHEMA that proceedeth( from moment to moment) out of the mouth of God.

 

Luke 1:37  For with God nothing shall be impossible.  The literal interpretation of this verse is as follows:  Every “rhema” of God has absolute power to come to pass! 

 

 Luke 5:5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy RHEMA I will let down the net.   

 

  John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the RHEMAS that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

 

 

    John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my RHEMAS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

 

      John 17:8  For I have given unto them the RHEMAS which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 

 

 Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the RHEMA of God.

 

   Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

 

 Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the RHEMA. 

 

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the RHEMA of God:  

 

 Peter 1:25  But the RHEMA of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the RHEMA which by the gospel is preached unto you. 

 

The Life of Faith in the Spirit

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have  faith in (Have the “God kind” of faith, or the faith OF GOD!) God.

       (God is in the genitive Greek case signifying possession; therefore it is “God possessing something”; in this case, “God’s possession of faith”)

 

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith, of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

·        The life which I now live in the flesh, I live in faith, this being the faith which dwells in the Son of God. (Genitive Greek case signifying possession)

·        What is the faith OF CHRIST?

·        The faith OF CHRIST is His rhema word. This is a crucial point!

·        God’s rhema word is a specific word, which the Holy Spirit speaks into our hearts when He wants to minister His purposes into a specific circumstance.

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Rhema word of God.

·        So then faith gets its life from hearing, but the type of hearing, which describes faith, must be exclusively one, which comes through the rhema word of God.

 

Romans 10:8  But what saith it? The rhema word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema word of faith, which we preach;

·        First, every rhema word represents an itemized description of God’s measure of faith, as He has tailored it for every situation in which He speaks the rhema word into.  It is therefore an account of what the Lord can accomplish within a particular circumstance.

 

Luke 1:37  For with God nothing( Rhema word) shall be impossible.

·        For with God every rhema word has the (indwelling) dunamis power to come to pass.

·        Secondly, every rhema word carries God’s measure of dunamis power adapted for, and greater than the circumstance into which God speaks it into, assuring God a complete victory.   

·        Thirdly, every rhema word reveals the Person of Christ.  As Christ is revealed, the faith and power that He possesses, is manifested alongside with Him.

Romans 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8       But what saith it? The rhema Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema word of faith, which we preach;

Verse six and seven of Romans ten tells us that we are not forced to take extraordinary measures to bring the Lord down from heaven or to bring up from the dead.  In other words, we do not have to travel far and wide to find the Lord.  As we go on to verse eight we suddenly find that the apostle Paul has switched gears from the Lord Jesus and is now talking about the rhema word.  He says that Christ is not far from us, because the rhema word is near to us; even in our mouth and in our heart.  Therefore the rhema word is the revelation of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, or is what brings the Lord Jesus to us as we walk in the Spirit.

 

John 17:8  For I have given unto them the rhema words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 

Understanding The Voice of The Spirit

 

John 5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

·      For the Father is fond of the Son and shows Him all things that He does in a way that can be proven and for proof, and greater than these works will he show you with the goal in His mind that you may wonder.

·        Ministers of God must know that continually, at all moments, the Father is exhibiting within them all that He does in way that the minister can understand and prove the work of God, and then manifest it as proof into the world.

Instinctive Knowledge (Simple Prophecy)

 

·        The individual workings of God’s Spirit are translated into rhema words that we know instinctively. Many times God does not require us to understand the rhema word. As we step out in faith, the understanding comes.

 

·        John 5:19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth (To habitually glance at what the Father does in the Spirit.  This is not discernment with understanding) the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. ( Greek word “homos” 

 

·        Glancing in the Spirit to what the Father does, gives us that momentary instinctive knowledge, which on many occasions, is enough for us to step out in faith and do with identicalness what we have acquired instinctively in our spirits.

·        Our right to do so is based on the fact that we have an equal inner spiritual nature to that of the Father, giving us identity with Him in our outward actions.  We are responsible to work with identicalness to what we see on the Spirit.  This is what the term “homos” means.

 I Sam 9: 18  Septuagint And Saul {1} drew near to Samuel into the midst of the city, and said, Tell me now {2} which is the house of the seer? (Which is the house of the glancing one?)

 

John 3:11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however bear acquired knowledge as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.

·        For us to know by instinct, in one moment of time, what the Father speaks in us (without understanding what He is saying, and without having to get the whole message of what the Father wants to say first) is what we need to begin to open up our mouths and speak prophetically.

 

·        Look at how Jesus worked in the flowing verse.

Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

·        Verse five tells us that Jesus saw their faith.  This is the same Greek word for “instinctively knowing.”  Whenever Jesus instinctively sees a grain of pure faith in us, He always acts.

 

 

Mark 2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?\

·        Perceived:  The word for perceive is defined as having a thorough, accurate, and precise knowledge of an object, so that by our thorough understanding of it we can grasp it and make it our own.  Jesus’ command of spiritual gifts was so complete and the clarity of the Father’s voice was so precise within Him, that His discernment of the rhema word was thorough.  Yet it was knowledge and not understanding!!

 

Mark 5:30  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

·        Knowing: As with the word perceived in Mark 2:8; Jesus knew in this same accurate and through knowledge of the rhema word, that dunamis power had gone out of Him.

 

 

John 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

·      Hearing the voice of the Spirit allows us to administer the kingdom step by step alongside the “continuum in time” of what we are hearing

 

Discernment with Understanding, or Communion With God, In Order to Bear Witness (Visions, Interpreting Dreams)

 

1 John 1: 1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

·        Hearing in the perfect tense

·        That which we have discerned with understanding in the perfect tense

·        That which we have beheld as a movie in a theater.

2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

 

John 3:11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however can only bear testimony as with a prophetic vision or dream) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.

 

John 8:38  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

·        I speak prophetically what I have discerned in fellowship with the Father.

 

The Holy Spirit and the Conscience

 

       

I Tim 1:5 ¶ Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

·        Watchman Nee tells us that the conscience is a component of or a barometer of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let us look at what the apostle Paul has to tell us about the conscience.

Romans 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

·        Greek: Their consciences also bearing witness with their hearts, and between one another (in their conscience) their collective thoughts constantly accusing or defending. (Seems like the operation of the voice of the Holy Spirit!)

       

Romans 9:1  I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

·        My conscience bears witness to me in the realm or world that belongs to the Holy Spirit. (My conscience operates within the world that belongs to the Holy Spirit.)

 

2 Corinthians 1:12  For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

·        We use the testimony (of accusing or defending) that our conscience gives to conduct ourselves in this world.

 

Ministry in the Spirit

 

John 1:33  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with (Greek case of location: into the domain, world, and sphere of) the Holy Ghost.

 

·        I once read an excellent example on Biblical baptism.  In the days of Christ there was a recipe to create a “pickled” vegetable.  It was said that a vegetable was BAPTISED into THE LOCATION or SPHERE of a vinegar solution.  After awhile, the vinegar WORKED INSTRUMENTALLY BACK through the vegetable and “pickled” it.

·        Tofu, likewise, acquires the taste and texture of any food that it is baptized into.  We can say that with whatever food the tofu is BAPTISED INTO, it is INSTRUMENTALLY influenced back by that food to make the tofu like it.

 

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ( submerged into the domain, sphere, or world of Christ’s influence and sovereignty ) have put on Christ (now wear Christ, whom as clothes which totally cover us, influences and affects back through us to conform us into His image.)

 

John 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, ( Jesus lives continually in the domain of the Father’s world  and ye in me( We must be therefore located in the domain of Christ’s world), and I in you.(So that Christ can instrumentality work back through us, by pervading, influencing, and affecting.)

 

 

Gal 5:25  If we live in ( Instrumental (By)) in the Spirit, let us also walk (Greek word which is defined as “marching in the footsteps of a soldier”) in (Instrumental (By)) the Spirit.

·        Greek paraphrase) (It is a given that we should be living our lives not in the present day world system, but in the domain, influence, and sovereignty of the world of the Holy Spirit. Because we are being continually affected and influenced by the Spirit, in that influence and effect we must march in step as soldiers so that the Spirit’s influence can go on, deepen, intensify, and continue interrupted.

·        In the gospel of John we find number of instances in which the Lord Jesus tells us that we are not of this world system. 

·        In Galatians five and twenty five, we then see the apostle Paul telling us that it is a given that we should be living in the world of the Spirit.  In Galatians five and twenty-five we find a wonderful example of location and instrumentality.  We live in the world of the Holy Spirit, and must march as a soldier in step to the Spirit’s workings back through us as He instrumentally influences and affect us. 

·        Paul exhorts us to live continually in the world of the Holy Spirit, so that every action of our lives becomes permeated, influenced, affected, and controlled by the work, power, strength, and liberty of the Holy Spirit.

·        Victory and liberty in the Lord is found in proportion to how much the Spirit can control and take over our every action.  Victory is not found in our trying to overcome. It is found in our being submerged deep enough into the world of the Holy Spirit so that He can influence and affect us at ever point.  We are filled with the Spirit, in proportion to how much the Spirit is working back through us to influence, affect, control, and overtake our every action of ours.

·        Paul tells us in Galatians five and twenty-five that our lives must be lived BY THE INSTRUMENTALITY of the Spirit’s actions.

 

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk( The totality of our daily activities and the way that we conduct ourselves in them) in the Spirit) (Instrumental (BY), and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Greek double negative: and it will be impossible for you to fulfill the flesh’s strong desire through act of your will

·        Let us now look at Galatians five and sixteen. The Greek word for “walk” is the sum total of our daily affairs, and the ways in which conduct ourselves in them.

·         Paul commands us TO BAPTISE every affair in our daily life into the world of the Holy Spirit so that the Spirit through His instrumentality can affect, influence, reconcile, control, and overtake every one of those affairs.

·       THEN, AND ONLY THEN, shall we not fulfill the lusts of the flesh!!

 

2 Cor 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,(Location: sphere or domain)  there is liberty.

·         Greek: There, where the Spirit is, and ONLY within the domain and influence of the Spirit, EXCLUSIVE OF ANYTHING OTHER LOCATIONS, DOMAINS, OR SOVEREIGNTIES, is there liberty.

·         Two Corinthians three and seventeen tells us that only inside the world of the Spirit will we find liberty, which is the result of the availability of all things now in the state reconciliation.

 

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God (The Father works His works back through the disciples, as He affects and influences them in proportion to how much he or she submerges into the world of the Spirit.), that ye believe on him (Greek “INTO”; location, domain, submerging into) whom he hath sent.

 

1       Cor 2:17  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.(prophetical speech must be done in the domain or sphere of the Spirit.)

 

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled (by being baptized into the world of the Holy Ghost) with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak( not just the content of what is being said, but mainly the utterances or the expressions used) with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them(The instrumentality of the Spirit now working back through them as they were “located and filled inside the domain of the Spirit”, to give them prophetic utterance) utterance. (The language of prophets, ecstatic speech, miraculous verbal impulses, the oracles of seers)

·        The Holy Spirit not only gives to us, the content of our speech, but the expressions and utterances used to manifest it.  The deeper our lives are in the realm of the Spirit, the clearer will the content of what we must speak prophetically, and the stronger will be the verbal expressions and utterances through the which it is manifested. 

·        The prophetic flow of speech, or what the Old Testament calls prophesying the oracles of the Lord, is a flow of God’s speech, which bubbles up in our spirits. As we are filled with the Spirit of God, the bubbling of God’s speech, which rides on the surface of the waters of the Spirit, as He progressively fills us up with them, arises higher and higher upon these rising waters until it reaches the level of our mouths and flows out.

 

John 12:49  For I have not spoken of myself ( LOCATION: (Jesus is located within, or submerged into the Father) I absolutely have not uttered anything from my independent and exclusive self); but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment (The instrumentality of the Father working back through Jesus), what I should say, and what I should speak. (So permeated Jesus the Father, as to give to Him both the utterances and expressions of speech, and the content of the speech carried by them)

 

John 8;28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he ( I am) , and that I do nothing of myself (and that from my independent and exclusive self I do nothing); but as my Father hath taught me( but as the Father has instrumentally penetrated, affected, and influenced me) I speak these things (these things I utter and express prophetically, by that divine influence which has permeated me.)

 

1 Cor 12:8  For to one is given through the Spirit ( Agency)  the (A)  word of wisdom; and to another the ( A)  word of knowledge, according( reference, respect to, or in relationship) to the same Spirit:

·        A word of knowledge, or wisdom, is a mode of prophecy. The King James is incorrect in calling it “the” word of wisdom or knowledge.  It should be “a” word of wisdom or knowledge.  In other words, the word (of wisdom and knowledge), which is given to us by the Spirit of God, is a type of word, which has a “wisdom or knowledge content”, exclusively of being made up of any other contents. Because it is one specific logos word, with a specific content, it is in fact a rehma word.

 

Mat 8:8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only  By a word, or by the instrumentality of a word.  The word itself healed the servant), and my servant shall be healed.

·        Herein we see the power of the world of the Spirit.  The Greek tells us, “speak by a logos word,” not the logos word, but “a” logos word, making it into a specific word with a content of healing, or a rehma word.

·        “By” a logos word” tells us that it is the word itself influencing and affecting the situation, causes the healing.  Jesus did not heal the servant.  The rehma word of God working through Jesus is the one, which healed.  Jesus’ life was so submerged in the Spirit of God, that He lived in the domain of supernatural faith found within this world.  Secondly, He lived in the world in which all is new and reconciled to God, and all is available.  The faith released through Him inside the word that He spoke, caused the word itself to heal the servant.

 

·        Let us look at a few more examples the rhema word, tempered or beat in every instance with an equal measure of faith as found in the domain of the Spirit, to create a “word” itself which heals, or casts out a demon.

Matthew 8:16  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word (By the instrumentality of the word; Jesus did not cast out the devils, but the word of God operating in Him), and healed all that were sick:

 

Luke 4:32  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with (Instrumental)  power.(His word had the “instrumentality of authority”; The word itself, in the domain of the Spirit, exercises God’s jurisdiction over the works of the enemy in the same way that a state trooper exercises jurisdiction over the interstate highways.

 

Luke 7:7  Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word( By a word or by the instrumentality of a word. The word itself healed the servant), and my servant shall be healed.

 

Luke 11:20  But if I with the finger of God(By the instrumentality of the Spirit; Jesus did not cast out the devils. The rehma word originated in the Spirit and operating through Jesus, cast out the devil) cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

 

 

John 5:16  And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day

John 5:17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto ( My Father never ceases working in the Spirit) and I work.(and I work externally, using exactly the same procedures and in exactly the same manner in which I see instinctively the Father working within me.)

 ·        Worketh   is defined in exactly the same way that a company strives to be successful in producing the services for which it is in business for.

·        Hitherto: Until now. My Father has been continually at work, producing the services that pertain to the business of the kingdom of God in an unbroken flow, right through all of your Sabbaths; and even now as we speak, He works. 

·        And I work:  I, in like manner.

·        This is a tremendously important point of instruction for ministers who desire to work in the Spirit.

·        Jesus tells us that we are to work out into the world, what the Father works into us with exactly the same intentions, intensity, and procedures used by the Father. Our ministry must be a carbon copy of the Father’s ministry in us.  Remember that every work of the Father is translated into a rhema word that we can understand.

 

John 5:19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth (To habitually glance at what the Father does in the Spirit.  This is not discernment with understanding) the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. ( Greek word “homos” 

 

·        Glancing in the Spirit to what the Father does, gives us that momentary instinctive knowledge, which on many occasions, is enough for us to step out in faith and do with identicalness what we have acquired instinctively in our spirits.

·         Our right to do so is based on the fact that we have an equal inner spiritual nature to that of the Father, giving us identity with Him in our outward actions.  We are responsible to work with identicalness to what we see on the Spirit.  This is what the term “homos” means.

 

Romans 15:19  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel ( I have filled the glad tidings) of Christ.

 

The Responsibility of the Believer

 

·        We have studied location and instrumentality.  I would not like to discuss with you agency.  The agent of action, or agency, in grammar, is the vehicle through which the second item is able instrumentality work back to affect the first item, which had been baptized into it.  In other words when we immerse ourselves into the world of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit works back through us.  However the Spirit needs a vehicle or agent THROUGH which He can work back to affect us. As we will study later on, the Spirit of God uses on many occasions, our mouths and hands as an agent to work back through.

·        1Cor 12:8 tells us in this case the Spirit of God is the agent or vehicle by which the word of prophecy works itself back through us as we are immersed in the Spirit of God.  It would go to say, that the more that we immersed into the world of the Spirit, the greater will be the ability for prophecy to flow through us, in that the Spirit Himself, is the vehicle for prophecy to flow through.

·        The second term of significance is the preposition “according or according to”.  Defined, this means: “With reference or respect to, limited to, in relationship to, or bounded by.”

·         In other words, only the portion of the prophetical word, which is done in, and by the Spirit of God, will be accurate. Once again, we can see from this example, the importance of living as much and as deeply as possible in the world of the Holy Spirit.

·        Let us look at a few examples of agency, or the vehicle, which the Holy Spirit uses to work through and back to us.  Without an agent the Holy Spirit has no channel through which He can affect us as we submerge ourselves into His world.

Luke 1:70  As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

·        Because the gift of prophecy is a verbal manifestation of faith and the mouth is THE AGENT through which the Holy Spirit affects the world back through us, we must open our mouths with just a word or two.  We will find that our steps of faith will allow the Spirit to give to us more as the process of prophecy goes forth.

 

Acts 5:12  And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.

 

Acts 19:11  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

 

 James 2:20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

(Greek:  ..that faith apart from works is a corpse)

 

Hebrews 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith ( The word “mixed” is defined as the beating, melting, or tempering together of equal measures of two alloys, the rhema word and faith, to create the element termed as the power of God) in them that heard it

 

q            In Hebrews five and fourteen we are taught the necessity of stepping out in faith again, and again, so that our discernment will mature sufficiently, and we will be able to distinguish between the rhema word of God in our spirits, and the desires of the flesh in our souls.

 

Hebrews 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised ( Greek word;  naked (gymnos)  and also gymnastics) to discern both good and evil.

·        (Greek:  But only for the mature and spiritually fully-grown man or woman that is attaining to Christ’s character belongs solid food.  Even to him, or her, who has a developed the habit of entering into fellowship with spiritual perception and discernment that can distinguish the good from the evil.  Their mature perception and discernment blossoming as the result of spiritual training performed like athletes as they have voluntarily discarded and became naked from all worldly things, so that their spiritual training may be vigorous and unhindered.

 

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion(Greek “corresponding to the word) of faith;(belonging to faith)

·        Prophecy is faith in one of its manifestation, this manifestation being in the “the word belonging to faith, or which is produced in the spirit as an expression of faith.

·        Faith, which produces a rehma word, is the FAITH OF GOD working in us.  The rehma word is a translation of God’s faith into a medium that we can discern, minister externally, and understand. When we minister the rehma word we are ministering the faith that God Himself has.

·          Prophecy is God’s faith in the verbal expression of His rehma word.  Therefore, prophecy is faith, and must be given by faith.

·        Prophecy therefore does not require our understanding, but a simple instinctive knowing of the “corresponding word” (proportion of faith), which God by His faith, or God’s faith, produced in us.

·        To the proportion that we hear or see the word is to the proportion that we prophesy.