The Revelations of the Christ

[Acts; 26:14-16]; And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

Of witnesses and Ministers

You can be a witness but not a minister.  You can say that you witnessed the Lord healing and can testify that he is a healer but not be able to heal. You may not be able to open deaf ears or blind eyes or cast out cancer out of a body but are a witness of certain things that certain men have done and you can attest to these things and say that you saw people get healed on Saturday.

You can be both a witness and a minister but you can be a witness and not a minister. It is possible for someone to be a witness of something they cannot minister. The  lord Jesus Christ has not intended to appear to a man that he might be a witness only; that he saw the lord on the third or forth day.

God revealed himself to Paul for two reasons; one that he might be both a minister and a witness of those things which the bible says he had seen and of those things in which he would appear unto him. That now changes the mind of the way God operates.

Christians do not understand that the pendulum swings from the things we see regarding the Christ to the things in which he appears.

Our place of ministry is not only to minister what we have witnessed. Some people only minister in the witness dispensation. I saw them heal a sick man and am going to heal a sick man but you see, the bible says, there are things in which the Christ will appear; those things will not be Christ but he will use them to appear and therein is a message to the Christian and in those very things he says that they are both ministry and witness. God has not called us to be on one side of the pendulum; to testify of the things that we have seen of the Christ but also to testify of those things in which he appears to us. Jesus is not only going to appear to you in the body.

Of Revelations Beyond the Body

Every child of God requires experiences but there is a place where the ultimate experience of God is his word. The word of God is our ultimate experience. When we experience the word of God, then you will understand that the word is God. Some people want to have extra ordinary experiences before they know that the lord appeared to them. They want for everything about the story to begin this way; ‘while I was seated in my room, a gust of wind blew through the windows and the curtains started to flap. Then an angel of the lord came in and said in a deep voice “Robert I am calling you into ministry.” And then Brethren, did I know that I was called of the Lord.’

What if he does not appear? The bible says in 1 Peter 1:8 that whom having not seen, ye love. There are people who have not had Jesus appear to them. That should never disqualify you from the working of the power God and his spirit. I have seen places where the Christ might not appear to you but he might appear in things to you. If you carry this knowledge, your life changes.

The biggest problem with us is that we always expect that the Lord will always appear to us in the body, that we will have that supernatural experience that oral Roberts, Kathryn kuhlman or Benny Hinn talked about and that if you do not have that experience then you will not see God.  Some of you even become jealous and ask, ‘how can God appear to another yet I have sought him for seventy years?’ It is because for long you have overlooked and forgotten the fact that he can appear to you in certain things.

That is why when he was explaining himself to individuals, there is a place where he expounded about himself from Moses.  All the disciples of Jesus Christ knew Jesus but they never knew the Christ.  The Christ can appear to you and you will still not know him; not every man to whom the Christ appears has had everything about his life change. I know of men in Church history to whom the Christ himself appeared but they died very miserable men, having lived sad, disadvantaged and pathetic lives. A man can have the Christ appear to him and give him divine instructions and tomorrow that man will walk away from those very instructions. Jesus appearing to you does not mean that you carry a particular qualification of maturity. 

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