THE HOPE ARMY – GIANTS ASSEMBLY (SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2019)
TEACHING SERIES: The Purpose of Pentecost (Part Three).
Focus: The Second Dispensation.
READING: Acts 1:8.
EXCERPT FROM PREVIOUS ASSEMBLY (08.09.19):
*Dominion was man’s birthright and heritage at creation (Gen. 1:26-28).
*The devil’s first special assignment was to strip man of this divine heritage (Gen. 3).
*This assignment was so well planned that the devil succeeded in stealing man’s dominion.
*Immediately this happened, God (in His infinite wisdom) rolled out the agenda for man’s restoration to His original inheritance (Gen. 3:14-15).
*However, this ordinance did not establish God’s agenda with man, which was the restoration of man’s lost relationship with Him; and so it was temporal.
*The Dark Ages was a period of over four hundred years (four generations) of silence from the First Dispensation (the era of God the Father).
*For more than 400 years, the heavens seemed closed to the nation of Israel. They heard nothing from God. Nothing but silence!
*The Second Dispensation was flagged off over two thousand years ago by the glorious birth of Christ, the Saviour and Hope of mankind (Hebrews 9:11-15).
*This set the pace for a new order, and changed the course of the universe forever. It marked the historic transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant or Testament.
*It was the era of the Son of God. I also call it “The Era of the Son of Man.” (See Matthew 8:20, Mark 14:62, Luke 19:10, John 12:34-35).
*And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
*A fundamental mission of Jesus Christ among others was to come fulfill the law, because it was practically impossible to fulfill the demands of the Law of Moses in the energy of the flesh, namely, the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:1-17).
*Therefore, there was need to introduce a higher order (Hebrews 10:1-4).
*Another great and undeniable mission of Jesus Christ was to flag off the third and Final Dispensation (see John 16:7-14).
*He was in our midst healing the sick, raising the dead, walking upon the waters, and comforting the broken-hearts (Luke 4:18-19, Acts 10:38).
*He is still doing the same today, but through you and me. He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).
*However, it is practically impossible to operate in the supernatural without empowerment. So, among His final accomplishments before ascending to the Father was the transformation of mere men and women into sons (and daughters) of God.
*It is written: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
*Jesus understood the place of power in the manifestation of the saints, because He Himself was a mere carpenter boy until He “…returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about” (Luke 4:14).
*So He went further to assure His disciples saying, “…behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). The promise of that “power” ushered in the Final Dispensation:
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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).
To be continued…
PRAYER: Father, endue me with power so that I can fully represent you on earth, in the name of Jesus (Acts 1:8).
-Evangelist ML Babalola.
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