Eternal, Everlasting

"And God's power which some have put in a bottle cannot be contained in such a way.

HAS WHAT GOD DONE merely saved the soul? Where is His life so great it could create a world of such intricate detail, oceans and hills, deserts and forests? People. To save the heart is greatest, but does one put God’s power in a bottle? Add a stopper to prevent it from leaking. We guard ourselves from electrical and nuclear powers on earth. These powers when harnessed do great work, when released they wreak damage. Yet, God’s power is lesser in our thinking. He pours it into us to cleanse from sin. He fills us with His Spirit, who Resurrected the dead. There are many such stories in God’s Word, but today, what God can do is held back by Him? Or it is reserved in heaven with a tiny portion to do a tiny work. Or it is the opposite, and the greater work is salvation from death unto life.

What then of such great power released on earth but unable to do what that power could do? If we push back the ocean behind a great wall, it takes only a crack for the entirety of it to rush outward. Or a river, once dammed, gives power to cities, the pulse of it strong enough to be harnessed for fuel. But not so with God’s anointing? We could circle these thoughts around to God’s Spirit. He is given to men upon salvation to bring teaching and guidance. It is He who makes the heart a new being. God who SO LOVED the world to the extent He gave His Son unto death, would share with us His Holy Spirit to unite us unto Him, yet that power He is holds back anything further? What of Genesis? He took soil and created a man from it. Soil which we press beneath our feet. Scattered grains shifted by the wind now walks and talks, sleeps and eats, functions as the body is designed. Breath rushes in and blows out. But not so for healing? The God whose power did something so unimaginable cannot reinvigorate the dirt anymore. Foolish talk.

“And because of him, when you who are not Jews heard the revelation of truth, you believed in the wonderful news of salvation. Now we have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. He is given to us like an engagement ring is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! He is our hope-promise of a future inheritance which seals us until we have all of redemption’s promises and experience complete freedom—all for the supreme glory and honor of God!” (Ephesians 1:13-14 TPT)

Lazarus, friend of Jesus, was raised, having been dead for four days. His sister stated he smelled like death. Yet when called forth, without a hand laid upon him, he walked out of the grave. God’s Spirit re-formed what had decayed, and it held life again. I know of miraculous stories of people today. I could contribute my own. What cannot be explained in medical miracles is denigrated in vain. Ask the dead man if God can give life, and He will say an emphatic yes. Ask the mother whose infant died in the womb but was born alive. Ask the woman whose cancer is nowhere to be found. Then rewrite your theology to make God who He is.

Where you crossed out Acts 10:38, circle it instead. Where you eliminated signs and wonders which follow anointed preaching, highlight and underscore it. And accept that we are but dots on the landscape when standing next to Him, yet standing next to Him we are for He has made it this way. Jesus our Savior lived among us, healing multitudes, so we could live among Him and heal multitudes. What He created in Genesis to multiply and reproduce of the body, He recreated in the gospels so we could go forth and multiply. One reflects the other. And God’s power which some have put in a bottle cannot be contained in such a way. Nor will they find, for all their searching, a verse which says Jesus does not heal today. For if you would ask Him has His heart changed, He would say a strong NAY. Else He does not save anymore either but has given it up in favor of streets of gold and great mansions which have enough people in them already.

“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)

God is eternal, everlasting. Every part of Him. Nothing He has promised ever fades away. No word He speaks is ever void and empty and worthless, but all go forward and do what He has chosen (Isaiah 55:11). So when He spoke from the heavens over His Son at John’s baptism, He meant what He said. “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Because Jesus reflected the Father perfectly and every miracle He performed, every blind eye opened, every deaf ear unstopped, the lame which leapt and walked, the possessed which found peace, came from the power laid upon Him and the Spirit which overflowed from Him, neither of which has ever altered in any way from then to the moment Jesus walked out of the grave. To the moment it fell at Pentecost amongst those gathered in the upper room. To when it spread into the multitudes and formed churches across Asia.

Power such as His cannot be contained. God is not in a bottle, His throne captured and stuffed therein. Like a ship built inside only for display, we can lean in and stare, tap the sides. No, and again, no. God is too mighty, too holy for that. Too majestic, too extraordinary, and our lives only living when in the palm of His hand. His power in us, His power upon us, doing what it has always done, what it will continue to do forever.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.” (Matthew 4:23-24)

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Suzanne D. Williams, Author