“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt’, 15 but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15 ESV)
In terms of activity and mighty works, has the Lord ‘peaked” – done his best work and not likely to act in the same fashion as recorded in the Scriptures Old Testament and New Testament?
Is God like a sleeping volcano – the source of mighty eruptions and sustained activity in the past that gave rise to amazing acts of salvation and deliverance – but all that remains is the cone and the lake filled caldera as a sign of what once was?
Is it to be that all that is remaining for the believer are references to events in history?
Do believers actually expect God to act in anything similar in these times?
We are told that the fellowship is the body of Christ and as part of the body every person has a role to play. On a larger scale, fellowships, or congregations, are also part of the Body of Christ. It is unfortunate that it is about here that the imagery breaks down in the light of the remarkable lack of cohesion, cooperation and fellowship between fellowships and congregations.
Do God’s people believe that God is capable of performing remarkable deeds in and through them?
Do God’s people want God to perform remarkable deeds in and through them?
Jesus spoke of his people performing ‘greater works’ and commissioned them to do so, at Pentecost God equipped them through the Holy spirit to imitate the ministry of Jesus and fulfil their mission of evangelism, teaching, deeds of mercy and compassion. The “greatness” of the works will be evident in the miracles and the outworking of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and in their worldwide scope with the resulting transformation of individual lives and whole cultures and societies.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
(John 14:12-14 ESV)
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
(Ephesians 1:16-23 ESV)
O Lord many are my foes
O Lord many rise against me
They say where is your God
They say God will not deliver you
As You struck down Your enemies in days of long ago
Now arise O Lord deliver me from the dead
You have become my glory
You’re the lifter of my head
O Lord I lie down to sleep
But I, will have no fear
For You, You sustain me with Your right hand