The Power of the Force
Jesus said in John 10:17-18,
“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
In this series of lessons on The Power of The Force I have tried to stress the difference between the two main Greek words used in the scriptures for "power", Dunamis and Exousia. Dunamis is defined as raw power or force. Exousia is defined as invested authority or the right to act.
There is only one true, supreme power and that is the power of God. All other powers were created by Him and for Him. There are many, many delegated powers. Just as in earth we see many levels of authority and rule, so it is in heaven. In Rom. 13:1 Paul says,
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
Also in Col 1:16-17 he says,
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers (exousia): all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
The structure of the powers and authorities in both heaven and earth is diverse and complex and God Almighty has set each in their place. He alone has given them their place in the heavens and earth, both good and evil, dark and light, death and life. All have been created by and for God and indeed, they still consist and have their dominion by His divine will and purpose.
God uses everything for His purpose. There is nothing that stands by its own design. All things are subject to the ultimate authority of the universe. God alone crowns dominions with invested authority and God alone strips them of that authority. They rise and fall at His command and nothing will deny Him the accomplishment of His will. He is the potter and all else is clay. There would be no death if God did not create it and give it power. Neither would there be evil, or darkness, or an evil one if God did not specifically design it and clothe it with an invested authority.
All power that is invested power is limited and subject to God’s will and, in the ages to come, will be brought under His government and will do homage to His dominion. This final, conquering act is stated in the scriptures as "the times of the restitution of all things". Peter said in Acts 3:19-21.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
For those of us that have heard the word of reconciliation we have become familiar with the concept that all men will be saved. Paul said in 1 Tim 2:3-6.
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.”
There is a further step to be acknowledged in this redemption, one that is seldom mentioned because of the wailing and gnashing of teeth that arises from those that cannot bear the thought. This thought is that God will not only commit Himself to save all men, but He will ultimately redeem all things. To reconcile something means to make up the lack of the object to be reconciled. We do this all the time in our checkbooks. If our balance in our checkbook does not match the balance of our bank statement then we must either add or subtract from the checkbook to match the bank statement. The most important part of this analogy is that it doesn’t matter how far off I am in my own summation of my worth, my actual worth is what my bank account shows.
In this light, it doesn’t matter what we think of our worthiness of God’s grace and salvation. His statement of reconciliation is final and true. Our thinking must be changed to match His thinking. He thinks we are perfect. He thinks we deserve the gift of His Son’s life to make up our lack, and He has deposited into our account the funds to pay our debt to death. Anyone can deposit monies into my bank account but only I can withdraw money from my account or those to whom I give my authority by writing a check in their name. No identification is required to deposit cash into my account, just my account number.
We used to sing an old hymn years ago that proclaimed that Jesus settled our account long ago. This is exactly what reconciliation means. We were in debt to sin and the consequences of sin, but Jesus paid our debt. Another more recent song states, "He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away; And now I sing a brand new song, Amazing Grace; For Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay". Can you see how this is exactly what happened at Calvary? Our account with God was in the red and Jesus reconciled our account with God. He made up our lack and became our redeemer. He purchased us with His own life, not asking us to ever again make up that amount but to rest in His redemptive act. This is the act of reconciliation.
We still don’t believe it though! Why do I know this to be true? Because we are still living off the same beggarly amount of self-righteousness that we had before that marvelous deposit of grace. Some of us still think that God made a mistake in His word and that we are going to be found writing bad checks concerning His grace.
God is not going to just redeem mankind, but He is going to redeem all Things! Paul said in Romans 8:19,
“The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 221that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
God has created a magnificent infrastructure of thrones and dominions and principalities and powers. They all consist of and exist by God’s dunamis. Present in the midst of this infrastructure is a perfect balance of powers that be. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall at God’s whim and desire. He rules with complete sovereignty. Nothing changes unless He desires it to. The moon rules the night and the sun rules the day. As long as there are times and seasons, the sunlight will give way to the darkness and let it have it’s allotted time. God set the earth on its axis and set it in orbital motion around the sun, thus creating night and day.
A gigantic explosion of planets billions of years ago did not create this heavenly order. God ordained it so. Men are expecting to look through the lens of the Hubble telescope and view the beginning of the universe and how the planets came about. I can save the taxpayers a bunch of money. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It wasn’t random, it wasn’t chaos, and it was beautiful and perfect. It had order and design and was accomplished by a mind-boggling exousia. The planets were all set on their axis and orbit by God. Each galaxy abides in ordered balance, with each heavenly body subject to the gravitational pull of its neighboring sphere.
The earth itself was created subject to the exousia of the sun and to their connected planetary orbits. Each body influences one another. The moon influences the tides of the earth’s oceans, the sun influences our seasons and temperatures. This heavenly influence doesn’t stop with just the physical earth. Through many studies involving massive data files sociologists have found that there are patterns of behavior exhibited by mankind that imply that we are affected by these heavenly influences. A search through the crime statistics in major cities has turned up an interesting statistic that people act more homicidal during a full moon than at other times. It is a fact that we can go only so long without contact with sunlight before it affects our mind and causes mood swings. Many doctors have come to the conclusion that sunlight can have a healing effect on the sick and restore their health quicker than in a room without the rays of sunshine.
There is little doubt that all of these powers and dominions operate this way in the natural, and if so, how much more so do heavenly spiritual powers affect us in ways that we don’t understand in the spirit? How many times have we been feeling tugs and pulls upon our spiritual life and thought that it was the same old forces that we have always identified as the enemy, i.e. the devil. We know so little about these other "thrones", "dominions" and "powers". Man himself is a creative being. God made us in His image and likeness.
By experimenting in the environment of space and the absence of gravity, science is just now entering a new frontier of gaining knowledge of how gravity affects us and also the things around us. For the first time in the history of man on the planet earth, we are being given the power to take things beyond the gravitational kingdom into a heavenly kingdom that gravity cannot rule in. Gravity is an earthly power and has no dominion or exousia in space. The perfect ball bearing can be created in space for the first time. On earth the power of gravity has an invisible influence on everything in the domain of its kingdom, which is the planet earth. No matter how sensitive the instruments are that shape the ball bearing, gravity will pull and exert its influence upon the bearing and the metal will distort because of the pull of the earth.
Now they will be able to create the perfect sphere of steel by taking the metal beyond the gravitational pull into space and produce this perfect bearing in the shuttle laboratory. They have been empowered by breaking through to a heavenly dominion that has been there all along but only in the 20th century did God allow man to come into the kingdom of space. Make no mistake about it only God gives knowledge. Man would still be making fire by rubbing two sticks together if God didn’t desire him to come to further knowledge.
We also are on the verge of a new frontier of ministry! We are crossing over into the third dimension of God’s heavenly power that will cause us to know authority such as never we never dreamed of in our religious minds. There is a ministry that is now being formed that is leaving the earth realm. This ministry is now beginning to speak from Heaven with authority! They are being set free from the pulls of corruption and are sitting down in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The world has never seen a ministry like this. Heaven and earth obey them! They are free from the influence of their earthly lineage and they are being changed from the earthly to the heavenly. They are returning to their former state of being in God. There is a restitution-taking place even now in them and around them.
The following definition is for the word restitution in the Greek. 605 apokatastasis (ap-ok-at-as'-tas-is); from 600; reconstitution: KJV-- restitution. 600 apokathistemi (ap-ok-ath-is'-tay-mee); from 575 and 2525; to reconstitute (in health, home or organization): KJV-- restore (again).
We are being reconstituted, reinstated into our former base reality of who we are. Before this house of clay was wrapped upon us, we were as God is, made up of God-stuff. We are being changed from this temporal state of corruption and are returning back to our beginnings in God. This new creature is in us right now and has been commanded by God to remain concealed until a time appointed by His divine purpose at which time He will cause our new man to manifest, or be revealed, to the world.
We will not be revealed or manifested until all of the many layers of dominion and power in us have been restructured into perfect harmony. We have been in a state of chaos, as Genesis relates in the period between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2. What we are now is the result of a God ordained chaos that caused us to be lowered into a state of soulish confusion. We have had a fallen order of powers over us and we are now at the precipice of gaining back our rightful place in God. A great shaking is taking place inside of our being. A rearrangement of heaven and earth is taking place within us. Thrones are toppling and thrones are being re-established. Powers are losing their exousia to keep us in corruption. These dark powers have been given power by God to keep us outside of the inner core of God’s life and we are experiencing the overthrow of these dominions and a new kingdom is rising out of the ashes of our fallen nature and eventually it will be made real to the entire creation.
The Cherubim of God are commissioned by God to keep hidden the sacred things that are not to be revealed until an appointed time. In the Old Testament they are found standing at the gate of Eden keeping the way of the tree of life and within the veil of the tabernacle to keep the holiest place hidden from flesh, and so on. Even in the present time they are present in our heavens (mind) keeping us from further revelation until the Father removes them.
The greatest miracle of all has been the absence of this message of the kingdom from the ranks of nominal religion. God has taken every measure to hide it from the wise and the strong and has seen fit to reveal it to babes and the weak and foolish. Thank God for the faithful cherubim’s in our life that have saved the fine and precious things of God for the times of our life when they would be the most honored and treasured.
Are we ready now for the "greater things" of this word and walk? I pray so. If not, you can be sure of one thing, the Lord will be faithful to hide them from us until such a time when they will be a blessing in our life and not a curse. I believe it to be vital that we leave the rudimentary basics of this word and press on into the deeper things of God and who we are. We have only dealt with the surface things so far.
It is the time of year we make resolutions of what we want to do in the New Year that is coming upon us. We determine to strive to be happier than we were yesterday and be more prosperous than we were last year. We determine not to cuss as much and love our families like we should. But shouldn’t we be already doing these things by now?
It seems to me that there are too many people connected with this revelation that are constantly having to attend self-help meetings and seminars on "How to Keep Your Marriage" and "Have You Talked To Your Kids Today?". Those are first and second day problems. Surely somebody is ready to venture into the things beyond the keeping of the basic rules necessary to live in a civilized world. The Ten Commandments should suffice to keep us from killing each other. If we can’t even love our own mate or friends, how in the world can we expect to come into a word that says we must love our enemies?
Most of what I hear from the community of Kingdom people is how much revelation we have and we are in the third day and we have arrived into the holiest of all and just any moment now we are going to walk on water and glow in the dark. But look around you! Ministries are still playing a game of politics and preying on feeble-minded people, and the body of Christ can’t even forgive one another of wrongs or say an apology if they have wronged someone else. There has to be a people that are ready to go on into the things that God has prepared for this new dimension of ministry regardless of whether their friends are ready to go or not.
We’ll just have to pick them up on the next go around. Visit them in the next visitation and leave them our forwarding address. We must go on! If we stay here we will die. The only hope for those that refuse to pay the price of this next transition is for you to leave them in the hands of the first and second day ministries and go through the door and believe that God will send you back to them at another time.
Today, I find many kingdom ministries think they are supposed to be around the former day ministries because these ministries have something to teach us. Is it just me, or does this not sound a little backwards? On the contrary, I have heard from my Father, and He isn’t telling me to get shallower, He’s telling me to get deeper and bolder with the truths that cause the carnal man to cringe.
Empower us Lord!