Purpose of today’s post is to establish the connection between God’s power and our wealth in the light of God’s immutable Word.
Christianity is all about caring for people. That was exactly what Jesus demonstrated while He walked the earth; a fact proven by Luke’s record: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” [Acts 10:38].
One of the ways to care for people is to tell them about the person of Jesus and His finished work for mankind. It’s a task that must be done with desire and passion, not for gain. What I mean is that our primary aim for reaching out to the unsaved with the Gospel shouldn’t be because of what we’ll benefit or make out of them. Don’t make the mistake of serving God for gain, but do it with desire and passion.
The words that Jesus spoke in John 15:16, where He told His then disciples, just as He’s telling us today, that “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ORDAINED you, that ye should go and bring forth FRUIT, and THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”, leave us with some pertinent truths related to our supernatural positioning, and the divine purpose of such a position.
The Amplified Bible rendition of John 15:16 drive Jesus’ point even clearer: “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I HAVE APPOINTED YOU [I HAVE PLANTED YOU], that you might GO AND BEAR FRUIT AND KEEP ON BEARING, AND THAT YOUR FRUIT MAY BE LASTING [THAT IT MAY REMAIN, ABIDE], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you”.
The word ‘ordained’ as stated in the King James Version, according to many Bible teachers and preachers represents a “supernatural endowment” for a specific purpose. I’m alright with that because that’s what it really stands for.
However, after spending time to ponder over the word “ordained”, coupled with prolonged studies within this context, I came out with the following discoveries; which is actually the reason why I titled this post “Supernaturally Endowed [Positioned] for Wealth”.
The Greek rendition for “ordained” in John 15:16 is “tithēmi”, pronounced “tithaymee”, which means “to position”.
Rephrasing John 15:16 with the understanding of the Greek word for “ordained” leaves us with the following: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and POSITIONED you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”.
What Exactly Is Jesus Saying Here?
We have been supernaturally positioned to bear fruits.
My Next Question Is This: What’s the connection between BEING POSITIONED & Our SUPERNATURAL ENDOWMENT, as connoted by the word ‘Ordained’?
In the Gospel According to Saint Luke, as an eye witness, Luke shares with us what happened to Jesus after His resurrection. Having stayed with His disciples for 40 days, Luke says “And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and CARRIED UP INTO HEAVEN” [Luke 24:50].
Did you see that? The disciples witnessed Jesus’ bodily ascension, and Luke tells us that He went into HEAVEN. The fact that Luke doesn’t tell us more than this doesn’t imply in any way that that’s where everything ended. As a matter of fact, the Bible reveals that there’s more to this than where Luke’s account stopped.
This deep truth about what Luke saw physically was revealed by the Holy Spirit to Apostle Paul, who, at the time of Luke’s account, wasn’t a disciple of Christ. From Ephesians 1:16-21 [NLT] Paul gives us a vivid picture of Jesus’ position:
“16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself”.
Speaking as an eye-witness, Luke talks about where Jesus went [heaven], while, as a revelation witness, Paul talks about Jesus’ matchless position in heaven. What’s so interesting here is the way Paul describes Jesus’ present position:
- A position at God’s right hand.
- A position of highest honour.
- A position that’s far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else.
- A position whose dominion isn’t only in this world but also in the world to come.
- A position of authority or power over all things.
Speaking by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, John the Beloved tells us that “as he is, so are we in this world” [1 John 4:17]. John was actually talking about Jesus’ present position as revealed by Paul’s letter to the Christians at Ephesus.
To buttress what John said, Paul tells us that “For he [God] raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus” [Ephesians 2:6].
Did you see that? The simple explanation to this truth is that we operate in the same realm with Christ – the realm of the fullness and completeness of God’s Power. Our supernatural position in Christ is that of power.
Saying that He has chosen and ordained us according to John 15:16, Jesus means He has positioned us in a place of highest honour, where we have been supernaturally endowed with the fullness and the completeness of His power. As far as I’m concerned, this is good news.
Guess what? This power isn’t in heaven, it’s in us. Since the day you became born again you have been moving around with it. It’s in you. That’s what the following passages assert: Mark 15:17; Luke 10:17, 19; Matthew 10:1; Colossians 1:19, 27.
So in Christ we’re full of power, we’re supernaturally endowed [positioned] to bear fruits – to win souls and get them established.
God does nothing on earth without His power. When He saves, heals the sick, delivers the oppressed, sets the captive free, destroys yokes, it’s according to His power within us. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US” [Ephesians 3:20].
OUR PRIMARY CONCERN shouldn’t be a desire for power, but how to stir up the power in us so that its purpose can he actualized.
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