JESUS & Wonders, Part 2

By Todd Tomasella
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My attempt here is to search the Scriptures, meditate upon, and uncover what the Holy Ghost is saying to our hearts through His Words.  Help me please so that we remain rooted in Christ, and not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, and able to help others in the same.  "If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel." (Colossians 1:23)Is it not luciferic to seek after power instead of God Himself? (Is. 14:12-15, Lk. 10:17-20) The LORD will grant power to those who obey and to whom He has given the full measure of His Spirit (Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8).  In Luke 10:17-20 we see the disciples glorying in the power to cast out devils in the name of Jesus and Christ then rebukes them, referring and associating their spirit with the same pride He saw in Satan before he was cast out of Heaven.
Holy Father, we beg You to cleanse our hearts with the blood of Christ and by the washing of Your glorious Word.
 
In Ephesians 5:26-27, we see that the "glorious church" He will return for is "without spot", because He is cleansing her with "the washing of water by the word." We see no mention of her having all kinds of physical manifestations in their midst. (Eph. 5)  The Holy Spirit could have pointed out anything He so desired here to identify the state of His Church when Jesus returns, and He chose holiness, the landmark characteristic of the true remnant. Weren't the Corinthian believers moving in all the gifts and yet at the end of 2 Corinthians He warns them to "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Cor. 13:5)  Scary huh? And of course, many will say to Him in that day "have we not prophesied in thy name" and He will tell them to "depart" - "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:23) Then in Matthew 7, from verse 24 to verse 29, Jesus proceeds to speak of building ones house upon obedience to His Word, otherwise eternal destruction will be the result.
"The church world and its constituents seem to emphasize the "wonders" more than the "Wonderful One".  I believe now also that we need to let them (others we come into contact with, the new believers) know that the best thing to be concentrating on in our lives is the One and Only true Living God, and what He means to us and how we are to live our lives day to day in earnestly seeking Him and knowing Him and not wishing to SEE what He can do for us, but rather see what we can do to be closer to Him." Becky Purcell
In the New Testament Scriptures, do we see the emphasis upon Jesus, Head of His Church, or power and signs and wonders? My point is that there is far too much emphasis (by certain ministries) being placed upon some supposed glorious manifestations, signs, wonders, subjective prophecies, etc. The last time there was a supposed revival, people were barking and howling like animals and totally out of control. This wasn't God at all, it was Satan's workings - the lying signs and wonders. While speaking specifically about the coming of Christ and the preceding "falling away", listen to what the Holy Spirit says: "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Is this undue emphasis upon spiritual phenomena not drawing the affections of God's people away from loving Christ, the nail-scarred risen Savior? What these deceivers are doing is paving the way for the next false revival, by continually forecasting some coming glory and supposed move of God. When it arrives, those who bought into this lie will be deceived by it because they loved not the truth. (2

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