Acts 22:8: And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
Right now, we cannot see Jesus, but he manifests in his people, in the word, and by the Spirit.
Christians means followers of Christ. The name was given to the disciples of Jesus in Antioch. Their lives was different from others. Jesus said that a definition of disciples is being like the master (Matthew 10:24-25). As we grow into Christ, we get to manifest him more and more.
The main role of the apostle, prophet, evangelist pastor and teacher is to help the people to be more like Jesus. Their mandate is that they should work for the edification of the body of Christ, as the people of God are built up to the statute of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
When Peter and John were before the Pharisees, though from crude backgrounds, they were able to stare down their cold eyes (Acts 4:13). They withstood the threats of the Pharisees, who concluded that they had been with Jesus, as they carry a strong air of confidence. They have been with Jesus and have imbibed his fearlessness. They were not going to be moved by what men say because Jesus was not moved by the words of men but by the will of God.
When Jesus was told that king Herod wanted to kill him, in response, he send a message to him: “go tell that fox, today and tomorrow, I perform cast out devils and perform cures, and on the third day I will be perfected (Luke 13:31-32).”
He was not going to back down, he refused to be moved by the word of men, but by the word of God. And the disciples manifested that trait.
Peter told the Pharisees: what is better in your own judgement, to obey God or men? He added that they cannot stop communicating about what they have heard and seen, of the resurrection of Jesus. So though the Pharisees killed Jesus, they now have on their hands many of him.
Jesus was no ordinary rabbi, he cast out devils and performed cures. And through the authority he gave us, the authority in his name (Philippians 2:5-11, Mark 16:15-18), we the disciples now do the same thing. Jesus promised that those who believe in him will walk even in more signs and wonders than he did (John 14:12). That is a revelation of Jesus in his people.
The church represents Jesus amplified. He is the ascended master and we are his body, his manifestation on the earth. He said that he will build his church and the kingdom of hell will not be able to resist her (Matthew 16:18).
This is because while he was on earth, no force of darkness was able to stand against him. And the same destiny is marked for the church, who bears his glory, presence and power.
He said that where two or three are gathered in his name there he is in their midst (Matthew 18:20). He is manifested in the midst of his people. Just as the bible says that Jesus went about doing good and healing those who were oppressed of the devil, ditto the church (Acts 10:38).
In the word
It should not just be in the discussion of fancy knowledge, not the exposition of genealogies, not a courting of controversy just to say something new (1Timothy 1:4, Titus 3:9), not gossiping.
The word is a manifestation of both the truth and the grace of God (John 1:14). The truth because it gives the right understanding, the right revelation of God; and the grace because it gives divine ability. Jesus is the manifestation of the fullness of God. As we share the word, we share Christ, we share God.
Jesus said that we need to eat his flesh to have life in us (John 6:53). When he laid down the practice of what is now called the Lord’s Supper, he took bread and broke it and said: this is my body broken for you, do this in remembrance of me (Luke 22:14-20).
The word of God is the bread of life (Luke 4:4), when the word is preached, the life of Jesus is released to minister to the hearers in grace and truth.
Jesus after his resurrection revealed himself to two disciples making a journey to Emmaus, sharing the word with them, the things written in the scriptures about himself.
At the end of the journey Jesus broke bread and the eyes of those two were opened to recognise him. The breaking of the bread was symbolic of the sharing of the word which Jesus did along the way, and the result of the breaking was their eyes becoming opened to see Jesus, which should be the aim of all bread breaking, all preaching of the word.
When Jesus said: do these, breaking of bread and drinking of wine, in memory of me, it was about the scriptures and prayer, respectively which are means for us to contact Jesus, in his spiritual essence, wherever we are in the world, though we do not now see him physically.
By his Spirit
Jesus is manifested by the Spirit. The bible says that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). While leaving the earth, Jesus said he was leaving the Holy Spirit which will remind the disciples’ what he had taught them and would manifest Jesus (John 14:26, 15:26-27, 16:13-14).
He glorifies him. So a relationship with the Holy Spirit is encouraged for us to appreciate Jesus more. For us to be witnesses to Jesus, we need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9) and when we come to Christ we are regenerated by his Spirit (Holy Spirit) coming into us.
Every revelation of Jesus is linked to the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a witness of the resurrection of Jesus, he made it happen (Romans 1:4). He is an assigned witness to that supernatural happening (Acts 5:32).
He operates the supernatural. He manifests in spiritual gifts (Hebrews 2:3-4), signs and wonders, miracles, deliverance, casting out of devils, healing of the sick. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin and brings us all to Jesus.
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