(week 16/09)
Olubi Johnson

In our article last week, we saw that God wants us to manifest the reality of Jesus’ resurrection by allowing His resurrection life to be made manifest in our physical bodies NOW: by that life producing consistent spectacular miracles through our physical bodies like it did in Peter, Paul and the Lord Jesus:

Acts 5:15-16 ESV so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. (16) The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

Acts 19:11-12 ESV And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, (12) so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.

Mark 6:54-56 ESV And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him (55) and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. (56) And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

The greatest birthday gift we can give the Lord as we celebrate His spiritual birth during this Easter season is the dedication and consecration of our hearts to operate with diligence the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus to cause this resurrection life and power to be made manifest in our mortal bodies NOW.

Proverbs 23:26 ESV My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Hebrews 1:3-6 ESV He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (4) having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (5) For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? (6) And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Romans 8:10-11 ESV But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (11) If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Now, how do we get the life of God to flow from our spirits into our physical bodies NOW in sufficient measure to manifest this resurrection life?

By the blood, the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 6:53-58 ESV So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. (54) Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. (55) For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (56) Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. (57) As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. (58) This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

How do we ‘feed’ on His flesh and ‘drink’ His blood?

We must understand here that the Lord Jesus is speaking spiritually using symbolic spiritual language:

John 6:63 ESV It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

We ‘drink’ His blood by confessing our sins, so His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness, so the life of God can flow from Christ to us by the Holy Spirit without the sin substance (spots of sin) hindering it:

1 John 1:7-9 ESV But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (8) If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 13:20-21 MKJV Now may the God of peace (who brought again our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant) (21) make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

We ‘eat’ His flesh by believing with our hearts and confessing with our mouths the exceeding great and precious promises of God that promise us divine life which the Holy Spirit causes to flow into our spirits:

2 Peter 1:2-4 ESV May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (3) His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, (4) by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Deuteronomy 30:14-15 ESV (14) But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (15) “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.

Proverbs 10:11 ESV The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

We then, as it were ‘pump’ this life of God from our spirits into our physical bodies by praying with tongues and travail by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 4:19 MKJV My children, for whom I again travail until Christ should be formed in you,

Romans 8:26 MKJV Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

2 Corinthians 5:4 MKJV For we who are in this tabernacle groan, being burdened; inasmuch as we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed, so that the mortal might be swallowed up by the life.

It is instructive to note that Christ Himself prayed with ‘groanings’ or ‘travail’ or strong crying in this way as a daily habit and so released the life of God from His spirit into His body and circumstances in sufficient measure (He was entrusted with the Spirit without measure) to constantly manifest the glory of God, like He did when He raised Lazarus from the dead:

Hebrews 5:7 MKJV For Jesus, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong cryings and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared,

John 11:33 MKJV Then when He saw her weeping, and also the Jews who came with her weeping, Jesus groaned in the spirit and troubled Himself.

John 11:38-44 MKJV Then Jesus, groaning in Himself again, came to the tomb. And it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. (39) Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who died, said to Him, Lord, by this time he stinks. For it is the fourth day. (40) Jesus answered her, Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God? (41) Then they took away the stone where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. (42) And I know that You hear Me always, but because of the people who stand by I said it, so that they may believe that You have sent Me. (43) And saying these things, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, Here! Outside! (44) And he who had died came out, bound hand and foot with sheets, and his face was bound with a cloth. Jesus said to them, Untie him and let him go!

So as we ‘drink’ His blood and ‘eat’ His flesh and pray with groanings diligently as a daily habit we will gradually cause resurrection life to be made manifest in our mortal bodies NOW!