Transformation Through Power
“All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” Matthew 28:18.
This is good news that inspires tremendous confidence and assurance to those who are building kingdom communities. Kingdom builders can persevere as salt and light and persevere as vines and vinedressers in the vineyards of the neighborhood communities with complete confidence and trust.
Jesus ascends to His throne in heaven to continue His work. He will continue to rule as king of kings, to intercede as high priest, and to proclaim His word and will as prophet through His spirit.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Jesus now rules, intercedes, and proclaims His Word in partnership with kingdom builders. As Jesus rules in heaven as prophet, priest, and king, we are ordained as prophets, priests, and kings to continue His work on earth and establish His Righteous and His Kingdom throughout the neighborhood with His power.
But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1: 8
The word power in the original Greek is dunamis or dynamite. Dynamite’s definition is characterized as a high explosive of any person or thing creating a spectacular effect. One of the effects that dynamite produces is to blow up, shatter, or destroy. Jesus using such words as dynamite or dynamic, conveys a message that the power of the Holy Spirit was to be a force that would initially shatter and destroy with a purpose to stimulate a continual change and progress.
The energy of the Holy Spirit’s dynamite falling upon the neighborhoods creates damage through a great cultural, religious, and doctrinal tsunami. This damage causes a challenging disruption if not destruction of the norms that are considered standards of personal behaviors, doctrinal beliefs, and religious practices. Kingdom builders create change in the wake of this tsunami.
The energy of the dynamics of this sweeping tsunami is characterized by constant change, activity, and progress. It is a force that stimulates change and the creation of new ideas. The great powerful dynamics of the Holy Spirit now creates a transformation of change and progress and kingdom builders cooperate and coordinate with this transformation.
The energy of the dynamo of this sweeping Holy Spirit tsunami breaks down barriers and then restores and preserves. Kingdom builders are assigned and endowed with spiritual fruits and spiritual gifts. The performance of the execution of these fruits and gifts is …. to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. Eph. 4: 12-14
This transformation is first of the inner person that radiates the character of Christ as light to the neighborhood and then by outer works that restore the community and neighborhood. This restoration is the building and rebuilding of the neighborhood to preserve the kingdom of Christ by being salt to the community.
Empowered kingdom builders should stand above all others as the once majestic Irish Elk did. An Irish Elk exhibited a majestic overreaching strength and magnificence above all others. It is now an extinct species where the height of this great animal’s brow was ten feet. It’s rack above its head was another five feet and the span of this terrifying armor plate was twelve feet. Kingdom building with the authority of Jesus and with the power of the Holy Spirit puts all those who are constructing the house of the Lord in a position of strength, robustness, and stability as the once Irish Elk.