The Message and The Manifestation
“And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach, 15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: He chose twelve first of all to be with Him to have fellowship and relationship with Him so He could send them out.”
Relationship here is speaking of His presence and power is referring to ministry, warfare, and Kingdom authority. The Holy Ghost is the continual presence of Jesus in our lives, it is what makes it possible for us to have a personal relationship with Him. And the message that Jesus has given us to preach: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38), is the power to renew the sinner and give new life.
Luke 9: 1-2
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And they departed and went through the towns preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.”
The gospel is not just about speaking convincing words or demonstration of eloquent speech, it’s about producing results for the Kingdom of God through the power of the Holy Ghost.
I Corinthians 2:2-5
For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
The message must be accompanied by the manifestation! Look at the example that Jesus himself gave us:
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom, then He manifested the reality of the Kingdom. The healing of the sick, casting out evil spirits, deliverance of those in bondage, and freedom for the captive. Jesus set our example, and before someone says we’re not Jesus, Jesus said that everything that He did we would do, and “even greater things." In addition the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Roman church that the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the grave lives in us ( Romans 8:11). My point is that the gospel always two parts: the message and then the manifestation.
1 Corinthians 4:20 11
“For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in Power.”
In other words: The Kingdom of God is not just a concept or theory to be grasped intellectually, but the Kingdom of God is a kingdom of the Power of God. Jesus is the King and when He manifests himself in us as the Holy Ghost, that is the Power. The Kingdom of God is the rule, the dominion, and the authority of Jesus’ name manifested through us by the power of the Holy Ghost to prove to the world that Jesus is alive. The gospel of the Kingdom is a gospel of Power.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
“For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. It’s a Kingdom of righteousness: You can’t have sin in your life and operate in Kingdom authority and power. You can’t just join this Kingdom, you must be born into it.
“Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
The Kingdom of God is not for the passive, it’s for the passionate. If you want Kingdom Power: You have to pursue it.
The Holy Ghost is the one who manifests the Kingdom of God. That’s why Jesus told his disciples to wait for the power of the Holy Ghost that is why Jesus commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the father.
“But ye shall receive Power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
If we are going to be credible witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus, we must have the manifest power of the Holy Spirit living in us.
“And with great Power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all.”
When Elijah met Ahab, the backslidden nation of Israel, and the false prophets of Baal upon Mt. Carmel, nothing less than the Power of God being manifested could melt their hearts. It took fire from heaven, a demonstration of the supernatural power of God. And it is no less true today: Nothing less than the demonstration and manifestation of the power of God, will convince people that Jesus is alive. The cry of every man and woman of God, should be: “God send the fire on me, manifest your power through the Holy Ghost in my life!”
That’s what they meant in Acts 4:29-30, read it for yourself if you want to verify this truth, they asked God for boldness to preach his word, and then they asked for him to stretch out his hands with signs and wonders and miracles. They knew they needed more than a message, they needed the manifestation, and they needed the power!
When the Kingdom of God comes, it comes with Power.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with Power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him.”
Jesus message was, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And then He delivered the people from their sins and He healed their bodies and He drove out the demons, and He raised the dead. Then he sent his disciples out and they did the same thing. And He has commanded us to do the same as well.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
They preached the Kingdom of God, they cast out devils, and they healed the sick, and destroyed the works of the devil everywhere they went. And so can we!
2 Corinthians 5:20
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christs stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
Ambassadors are sent forth with full power and authority to represent the Kingdom that sends them. We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God, we are here representatives of Jesus Christ, and we have been given full authority and power in the name of Jesus over all the works of the devil.
It is my purpose today to declare to you that Satan is a thief, a liar, and a trespasser and he has no legal right or authority over your life in any way shape or form. Jesus paid in full for your salvation, your healing, your deliverance, your miracle, the restoration of your marriage, the freedom in your mind, and your peace. On the cross he paid it all.
Gods plan is that every single one of us get the revelation of His kingdom in us and that you go in Jesus name and start setting people free.
You have His Blood, His Name, His Word, His Spirit, so you have His Power. The gospel is a gospel of Power. You don’t just carry a message you carry the power, you carry the King of kings. The kingdom of God is in you, the King lives in you and wants to manifest His power through you.