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Is there a relationship between the operations of the Holy Spirit and that of the angels?

on Mar 27 in Beliefs, Christian living, Uncategorized, angels, being filled with the HolySpirit, the HolySpirit tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Pretty (South Africa): I would like to know the relationship between the operations of the Holy Spirit and that of the angels.

Answer: The Holy Spirit is different from the angels even though the Holy Spirit can be referred to in scripture as the angel of the Lord because the word angel really means a messenger, and the Holy Spirit does act as the messenger of the Lord as Jesus acted as the messenger of the Lord. But Jesus wasn’t the angels and the angels were not Jesus. So, the Holy Spirit is not the angels. They all have their separate ministries.

Is there a difference between the power of God and the presence of God? Is it possible for the power of God to be experienced and yet His glory or His presence not manifested? Is there a difference between functioning under the anointing and moving or functioning under His glory?

on Mar 24 in Christian living, Doctrines of Christianity, God's will and purpose, New Testament, Uncategorized tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Chibike (United States): Let me begin by sincerely appreciating you for all the impact you’ve made in my life; thank you. Pastor while reading Rhapsody for today (January 26th), you talked about the glory over shadowing Mary for Christ to be conceived; and you said that the glory is the presence of the Holy Ghost. Please I would like to know, Is there a difference between the power of God and the presence of God. Is it possible for the power of God to be experienced and yet His glory or His presence not manifested. Is there a difference between functioning under the anointing and moving or functioning under His glory. For instance, the ways of God were revealed to Moses but the children of Israel only knew His acts.

Answer: A lot of times, these things would have to be studied in context especially when there are difficulties with language communication. The power of God really is synonymously used many times in the scripture with the presence of God, with the glory of God but they are not all the same. For example, when Moses was asked of the Lord to talk to the rock, what God wanted was for is glory to be manifested. And Moses rather struck the rock, the power of God was manifested but the glory of God wasn’t and God reprimanded Moses; He said you didn’t glorify me. The glory of God wasn’t there because right there was an act of disobedience and the word reports of that in the New Testament that the rock was Christ. Man can be given the power of God, but God wants us to manifest His power in His glory.

The glory is the greater one because the glory includes not only the power of God but the favour of God, the grace of God and the righteousness of God. The glory of God really is the term that encapsulates all of His splendor and His righteousness. God’s righteousness is God’s glory. He manifests His righteousness in His glory. And so when the power of God is manifested, the presence of God or the glory of God may actually not be there because you can be in control of the power of God because it’s given unto you. That’s why He says He wants you to walk in righteousness and Paul talked about abusing His power in the Spirit, so what power did he have, it was the power of God. You can misuse the power of God but you can never misuse the glory of God. So that’s where the difference is. And God always wants us to walk in His glory. It’s like walking in the grace of God and not necessarily walking in the righteousness of God. You can walk and partake of His grace and be doing the wrong thing and God’s going to reprimand you and say, “Hey! You can’t do this. You walk in my grace but this is not walking in my righteousness. But if you are going to carry and walk in the glory of God, all of this will have to go together.

Since man is a Spirit and has a Soul and lives in a body, when the body dies, what exactly goes to heaven or hell: Is it the Spirit or the Soul or both?

on Mar 20 in Christian living, Doctrines of Christianity, New Testament, Uncategorized, judgment tagged by qatranscripts

Question- Tatenda (Zimbabwe): Pastor, thank you for giving me insight into divine realities. My question is: Since man is a spirit and has a soul and lives in a body. When the body dies, what exactly goes to heaven or hell; is it the spirit or the soul or both?

Answer: The answer to that question is both. The Spirit and the soul are always together. Of course for purpose of teaching, we tend to separate them like you’ll see in Hebrews chapter 4 verses 12. But when a man passes on, the spirit and the soul are always together. You never really can dissect and say this is the spirit and this is the soul, of course, the body is different from the other two. So, the spirit and the soul are always together and one of the important things to understand when you study the New Testament is the use of language. Sometimes in the use of the term soul, you have to read in context to discover its being applied to the whole inward man; the spirit man which we also call the inner man. So, sometimes the word soul is applied to refer to the whole of the inward man; the hidden man of the heart. Some other times in some other scriptures, the word spirit is used to refer to the inward man.

So, if you study it properly and look at it in the context, that means read the verses before and after, you’ll understand what it’s referring to, you’ll discover which particular one is been applied. For the purpose of teaching, the soul is a tool of the human spirit. It’s like the body without a brain. The reasoning faculty of a man is in his soul and the human spirit is the real person. That’s why we say man is a spirit; he has a soul and lives in a body. So, when a man dies, the spirit doesn’t die. The spirit and the soul form the hidden man of the heart; the inward man, the spirit man. Another thing to understand is that a human person has a spiritual body. Reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:28, it says, “…fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. Here he’s not referring to the physical body but the spiritual body. That’s why we can recognize one another in the realms of the spirit because man is going to be putting on a spiritual body. Reading from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 40, “There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body”. So, when Jesus was talking about “fear the one who can destroy both the soul and the body in hell”, He wasn’t talking about the physical body; natural body going to hell. The natural body doesn’t go to hell because hell is a spiritual place. The natural body would decay in a grave or some place in the earth, but man goes to heaven or hell with his spiritual body and that’s what Jesus was talking about. So the spirit goes with the soul. The soul is a tool because it houses the emotions, the mind and the will of a man but the spirit is the real person.

My question is about the Sabbath day being on Saturday and which Church must be doing it wrongly, that is the Sunday goers or the Saturday goers?

on Mar 18 in Beliefs, Christian living, Church, Uncategorized tagged by qatranscripts

Question- Same (Botswana): Hello Pastor, I love and appreciate you. One of my Teevo members asked about the controversy about the Sabbath day being on Saturday and which church must be doing it wrongly, that is the Sunday goers or the Saturday goers. Can you please brief up my knowledge and understanding about this?

Answer: There are no controversies because the Saturday is known to be the Sabbath but as to which church is doing it right, I think he means meeting on Sunday or meeting on Saturday; which is doing it right? The early church started meeting on Sunday because it was the day of resurrection being the first day of the week and the early church did not disregard the Sabbath and are not claiming that Sunday has become the Sabbath.

In Matthew chapter 12 verses 8, Jesus already declared that the son of man is the Lord of the Sabbath. So, the Bible talks about they gathering on the first day of the week. So I think you can put your mind at rest. There’s no dispute about the Sabbath. Sabbath day was appointed to be the seventh day of the week which is the Saturday. But in Christianity, we have been brought into God’s Sabbath, so we are already in the Sabbath according to the scriptures, not the weekly Sabbath. The fulfillment of the real Sabbath has come. The Bible says we are now in his rest, so in the law it was a type of God’s rest when He commanded the people to do nothing but rest. Now we have entered into His rest and that’s what the Bible tells us; we are in the real Sabbath and the Sabbath is everyday, your whole life is into the Sabbath now. But we meet on Sundays because the early church met on the first day of the week which they called the Lord’s Day because Jesus resurrected on that day. But again remember, it’s a matter of convenience. For example, if you live in the Middle East where many of those nations are predominantly Moslems, the free day is Friday.Sunday is a work day, so, the Christians met on that free day which is Friday not Saturday or Sunday. Why? It’s a matter of convenience. You need to understand that because in Christ we are now in the Sabbath. So which ever day you appoint for your meeting is perfectly in order.

Why was Uzza killed when he tried to stop the ark of God from falling and the same ark while in the house of Obed Edom blessed him?

on Mar 03 in Doctrines of Christianity, God's will and purpose, Uncategorized, growth and maturity, hearing God, judgment tagged by qatranscripts

Question- Evans (United Kingdom): Hello Pastor Chris, please I will like you to throw more light on the reason why Uzza was killed when he tried to stop the ark of God from falling and the same ark while in the house of Obed Edom blessed him.

Answer: The Bible tells us very clearly that in 1 Chronicles 13; that was when that happened and they claimed that God made a breach upon Uzza. But in chapter 15, David gathered all the elders of Israel and he told them in verse 13, he said, “For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us: for that we sought Him not after the due order”. There was a set pattern that the ark was supposed to be borne on the shoulders of the priest and they will go ahead. But this time around, they had to fabricate the latest cart and put the ark on it and that was the error they made. But David made a research and discovered that he was wrong, and they brought back the ark, they did it according to the right order and that was the end of it.

And even in the days of Solomon when the ark was moved again, Solomon was smart to ask the priest to move it instead of what David had done the first time. They didn’t seek the Lord after the due order. But the house of Obed-Edom only accommodated the ark at that time, and we were not told that the children were running up and down on top of the ark.