As of lately I been spending many hours with the Holy Spirit to gain His mind on the work of the redemptive work of Christ. I guess I have been just as culpable as anyone in honoring the work of the Holy Spirit. I don’t think it was a conscious effort, I just think I like many have lacked the understanding of the true process of genuine revelation. In The Presence and Work of the Holy Spirit, R.A. Torey writes:
“People will never get possession of the power they seek until they come to recognize that there is not some divine power for them to get a hold of and use in their blindness and ignorance but there is a person, infinitely wise as well as infinitely mighty, who is willing to take possession of them and use them according to His own will.”
True authority and power with God will only come about when we willingly lay down our own power to control and rule and accept the gracious gift of His Lordship. The Holy Spirit desires to manifest and express The Spirit of Christ in the earth. The Father could impose His manifestation in the earth without the cooperation of man if He so chooses, but that is not what He planned to do in the New Covenant age. The Father decided to express His image through a man connected to His spirit. He has but one purpose and that is to express the dominion and image of His person through our life.
God’s plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God. (Colossians 1:27 GNB)
To the degree that we depend upon the Holy Spirit will be the degree that His dominion is executed in and through our life. God created man in His image, so that we can exercise dominion just like Him.
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? (Psalms 8:4 AMP)
Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalms 8:5 AMP)
You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: [I Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22, 23; Heb. 2:6-8.] (Psalms 8:6 AMP)
The Hebrew word for dominion is ‘radah’ [pronounced rä•dä’] which means 1) to rule, have dominion, dominate, tread down a) (Qal) to have dominion, rule, subjugate b) (Hiphil) to cause to dominate 2) to scrape out a) (Qal) to scrape, scrape out.
The dominion of God was placed in the heart of man at his creation. The Father gave man the legal right to rule over the entire earth. Even though the earth belongs to God (Psalms 24:1), He leased out its rulership to mankind. The Bible also confirms this by saying, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s [i.e. under His dominion]; But the [dominion of the] earth He has given to the children of men.” (Ps 115:16).
After Adam lost the image of the heavenly dominion of God in the fall through disobedience, Jesus came as the second Adam to restore the exact dominion and image of God in the earth (Luke 19:10).
Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life]. [ Gen. 2:7.] (1 Corinthians 15:45 AMP)
And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:49 AMP)
As the Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9, 1 Pet 1:11), the Holy Spirit manifests and activates the dominion and image of God in us. The restoration and increase of His image in us is the original purpose of the Father. Our identity is uniquely tied to our submission to the person of the Holy Spirit. We were wired and designed to walk in intimate fellowship with Him. We were designed to fulfill His purpose.
To Be Continued
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