Some of you may have read a recent post on August 18th that I titled, God, Can We See You?
I attempted to wander into a subject that is very touchy in some church circles or denominations. It was on my heart to challenge your thinking about whether or not we can really see God, be caught up in the Spirit, and have angelic visitations, etc. I’m aware that it is still a “taboo subject” in the church world at large. As such, it is my opinion that anyone who claims to have had or is currently having these experiences is very often looked upon with extreme caution and in some cases even scorn. I speak from personal experience.
However, it was recorded in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation that several people in the Old and New Testaments had supernatural encounters with God, Jesus, and angels. What’s interesting about this is that most people who have value and respect for the bible and church, will not normally debate with you about whether or not those biblical characters had divine encounters. But when it comes to discussing whether or not someone in our current day and time encountered Jesus, an angel or had other divinely supernatural experiences, our “judgment indicators” go on high alert.
A Renewed Mind
For any of us who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives, we must be constantly renewing our minds to the truth of scripture. Without our commitment to do this as long as we live, we will probably never experience all that the Father has reserved for us to enjoy.
I’m aware that there may be some people reading this post who don’t know the Lord and/or have never been to church. There also may be some readers of this post who have been to church, but you’ve never been to a “word” church that preaches the “full-gospel” of the kingdom and is open to all that God says in scripture that we can experience. For this reason I will always use scripture where I feel prompted to in order to let you know that this truth is scriptural and not something I conjured in my thinking. At times I will also refer you to meanings of specific words in their original language as they were written in that day.
Romans 12:2 in the NKJV says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the “renewing of your mind,” that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
In its original language the word conformed means to: fashion alike or to conform to the same pattern or external conditions. Renewing in the original usage means to: renovate, make a ‘complete change’ or grow up and make new with new strength and vigor. We live in a fallen world system that is under the influence of the same evil spirit—satan—who was present in the Garden of Eden during the fall of Adam and Eve. As such, this world system and it’s philosophy is constantly at work subtly trying to force us into its mold of thinking based on fear, doubt, unbelief, sensuality, greed and the list goes on endlessly. You have to determine to resist it to live above it and that can only happen with a constant infusion of Truth from God’s word and daily encounters with the Spirit of the resurrected Jesus.
The word “prove” in this passage is the most interesting to me of the ones I have focused on. In its original language it is dokimazo and it means: to test and to approve. It “literally” means to test, to examine, to prove, to scrutinize (to see whether or not a thing is genuine) after examination in order to deem worthy.
For example: let’s say you were a rare art examiner and appraiser and someone brought a painting to you and told you it was an original Rembrandt or Picasso. Because of your experience as a professional rare art examiner you could take a look at the painting and know immediately by the brush strokes, the types of oils used and even the type of canvas it was painted on whether or not it was a copy or an original.
We must spend adequate time in God’s word with the intention of knowing Him intimately, having fellowship with Him, just being quiet before Him and listening for His heartbeat and what motivates Him and what breaks His heart or grieves Him. Then we can become as confident in the Spirit about what is “from Him” as that art appraiser is of authentic vs. copied paintings.
Is it so vital now days that we “prove” what is authentic vs. what is a counterfeit so that we don’t agree with our enemy and empower him for further destruction and deception in our lives.
Seeing Eternal Things
I really labored this point of the renewed mind because it is so critical to the Christian’s walk. It’s also crucial that we are constantly renewing our minds not only to the truth of God’s word, but we must be involved in deep study of the word in its original language so that we can rightly divide the word of truth (see 2 Tim. 2:15) which will allow us to prove “what is good and acceptable”.
The apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:18 that we “do not look at the things which are seen” but we “look at the things which are not seen.” This statement seems like it’s a dichotomy or an outright contradiction, but it’s not! He also said in this passage that “the things which are seen are temporary but the things that are not seen are eternal and everlasting.”
The word “seen” is used four times in this passage and every usage is the same in the original Greek text, its blepo. It has a dual meaning in every single use in this passage. It means to see metaphorically with understanding and it also means to see into the open Spirit realm and experience what is being seen, looked at and carefully weighed experientially.
Paul also said penned these words in Ephesians 1:18 in the KJV, he was praying that “the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that (we) may know what is the hope of His calling…” toward us. In the original language, eyes is ophthalmos and it means to literally have a vision with the eyes of our mind. The word enlightened is photizo and it’s the word we get “photo” from. It means to shed rays, to illumine, make manifest by rays, to brighten up, to give light and make to see. The word understanding in this passage is the best for me. In the Greek it is dianoia and it means: deep thought. Here’s the best part, it means to exercise the imagination of the mind and the spirit, a way of thinking and feeling.
In other words, if we will do some serious study of key words in the original languages of the Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) we will discover some amazing and exciting promises that remain hidden from those who don’t want to study. Simple as that!
This passage above is a promise that Paul prayed for the church then and is still ours today. If we pray for the Spirit of revelation in the knowledge of Christ (vs. 17) the eyes of our understanding will be open and we can literally have our imagination (which is the Spirit realm in us) renewed to see the unseen and receive revelation of how to operate in a much higher dimension of God’s kingdom that we have been taught.
God bless you all.
Serving You Truth,