This section of Scripture notes assumes that the reader be privy to the prism teaching that was presented at the original, live teaching. I will briefly touch on the prerequisites and point the reader to some of my other teachings if they want more explanation.
1.) Understanding the Prism: We talked about the spiritual realm or what Paul describes as the “unseen” being eternal in contrast to temporary things that are seen (2 Corinthians 4:18). I used the metaphor of a prism to distinguish the difference between the unseen and seen. The Spirit is compared to the Light or white light. The prism is the medium which the white light passes through; and, as the light passes through, it is split into the natural world in a spectrum of colors. The point of the metaphor is to visually demonstrate that all that we see are the colors in the natural realm. But the Source of all the colors or manifestations is indeed the white light. Think of the Holy Spirit as the Light, and for our purposes, the prism as your soul. As the Spirit moves and breathes in us, He produces all the colors by moving through our souls (the prism). Now, an individual color is part of the light, but to say that, for instance, blue is the light is faulty. Blue is contained within the white light, but it by itself is not the entire story. All of the colors are contained within the white light, so understanding that any manifestation of the Spirit will be seen in color is imperative. The Spirit may produce green in my life and red in another life. For me to say that my green is more true than your red is to be obtuse and shortsighted. The colors in the “real world” are the gifts of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit. The last point about the prism is that if we submit to God, through the sacrifice of Christ, and allow the Spirit to work the process of sanctification in us, we will produce a beautiful, magnificent, unique and colorful life. I hope that isn’t too confusing! For a more thorough explanation of sanctification and intimacy with the Holy Spirit, please read “The Difference Between Your Soul and Spirit”.
2.) Understanding and Interpreting the Movements of the Unseen: I used the example of love. Love is the unseen: you can’t measure it, bottle it, or “prove” it. However, love leaves evidence of its presence everywhere it goes! Here are a couple of examples: one can write a poem about love, one can paint a picture expressing love, and one can maybe capture the evidence of love in an embrace or a kiss, but to say that the poem is love is not accurate. You may look at a painting and see love expressed in it, but to say that the painting is love is not true. So it is with all things in the spirit. Love leaves a shadow of its passing, an etching on our finite world, and leaves its fragrance everywhere it goes. Hence the powerful statement in the Bible that GOD IS LOVE.
3.) Understanding What the Flesh Means: We can understand from a simple survey of Scripture that when the Bible speaks of the “flesh”, it refers to the body and soul. When Paul talks about the carnal man or the flesh, he is referring to the mind, will, and emotions of man. I can’t take the time here to prove this Biblically, but if you whip out your concordance and do a cursory examination of the context and direct implications of the references, you will see this proved out plain as day.
Now to the Scriptural notes!
John 3:3-8 says, “Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus), ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
As we have already noted, the flesh is the body and soul; the indwelling Spirit is a new concept at this point in history. It changes the game! And just as we saw that all eternal things leave shadows or colors or etchings on this finite world, so Jesus compares this same concept to the wind. We know it exists because it affects things around it; we cannot see it, but we can see evidence of its movement…Beautiful!
Notice the progression found here in John and how that correlates to the Luke 18:17 verse that says, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a child will by no means enter it.”: We have permission to enter…BUT God won’t kick you across the threshold! We receive as a passive verb, but we must enter, an active verb. You see, it is a divine dance that God is wanting from us: He gives, we receive, He grants permission to enter, and then we enter. This same model works in all aspects of walking in the Spirit. Another example would be faith: God said it, I believe it, God grants faith, I choose to receive it, God gives opportunity to minister “good works” in faith, we walk in it, and on and on it goes…Am I the only one that gets chill bumps about this?! I remember the day when this truth was shed in my spirit, and it has changed how I view the entirety of the Christian life. The point is, God doesn’t ask us to do anything that He doesn’t empower us to do by His Holy Spirit! All we must decide on a daily basis is to submit to Him and by submitting, we are granted audience with Him. By being in the Spirit’s presence, we are transformed! AMAZING!!! That presence and audience IS the Kingdom of God within…Praise God!
To know that all we need is found in God?! All we have to do is to seek His Kingdom; all we have to do is want Him above all else; all we have to do is repent and submit to His Holy Spirit and ask, knock and seek, and all will be given freely! James 4:3 says, “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures (this is reference to our flesh or soul)…Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously’?” The main point here is to ask…but ask for what? Ask for the Kingdom!!!! Ask for time with Him, ask for “good gifts” which are all found in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 7:11 parallel with Luke 11:11). When we pray, we know not how or what to pray for, but the Lord Himself says, pray for “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This prayer is asking God into our lives right here and right now. NOTE: The coming manifestation of the Kingdom on earth, as in the actual, “real”, present, earthly and visible Christ Kingdom will come with or without us praying for it; but the Kingdom “within” will NOT come without us praying for it! Do we not see what Jesus is asking us to pray for?
We ask for money, favor, deliverance, wisdom, stuff, and more stuff…are we that hard-headed to not understand that we are to ask for Him…for time with Him…for worship of Him…for intimacy with Him…and that all the rest is icing so to speak?! “Seek first the kingdom….the rest will be added”, but get the order reversed and we are praying for the wrong things.
Other “Kingdom Notes” posts, just click on the following links: Wild Goose Chase, and “Let Your Light Shine”