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| Sermon by Prophet Kobus van Renburg |
Luke 3 – When Jesus Christ was baptised the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. John said that the One on whom the Spirit will descend and rest will be the One who will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. There was a sign of who Jesus was supposed to be. Everybody was waiting for the king to come and they did not expect a deliverer to come. They did not expect a saviour to come, they did not expect a healer to come, they expected somebody to come and rule as a king, but Jesus did not come as that.
Jesus was in the desert for 40 days, tempted of the devil. Satan tempted Jesus three times with the statement: “If You are the Son of God…” Jesus answered every time with the words: “It is written…”
Luke 4:1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Luke 4:14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit…
Jesus went to the synagogue and found the place where it is written:
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…
Jesus said: “He has anointed Me to open the eyes of the blind. He has anointed Me to make the cripples walk, to make the blind see, to raise the dead, to make the cancers go, to make sugar-diabetes go, to make pains go. He has anointed Me to do signs and wonders and miracles.”
From that moment onward, Jesus stood up and said: “Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your midst. This is the day, this is the acceptable year, and this is the year of the favour of the Lord.”
Jesus Christ was moving from city to city, proving what the favour of the Lord was. What was the favour of the Lord? The Bible says that He entered their cities and healed all the sick that were therein.
” When He came to a funeral procession and what did He do? He raised the dead.
” What did He do when He came to a lame person? He just said: “Get up, make up your bed and go home.”
” What did He do when He came to the blind? He said: “Go wash yourself in the sea.”
He proved the favour of the Lord by healing, healing, healing and in some cities that He went, Luke 6 says – the multitude touched Him because virtue was flowing out of Him. Jesus proved the favour of the Lord, by doing signs and wonders wherever He went through the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon Him.
SIGNS, WONDERS, MIRACLES = THE PROOF OF THE FAVOUR OF THE LORD
When Jesus proclaimed that the Spirit is upon Him, the first thing He said was: “I am anointed to do miracles.”
We can proclaim: “I have the Spirit, I have the Spirit,” but we put the Spirit in the fact that we are speaking in tongues, but God puts the Spirit in: “…you shall receive power after the Spirit has come upon you.” The Bible says in Acts that the disciples went into all the cities and healed all the sick that were therein. So there must have been something.
How did Jesus prove the favour? How did He perform the miracles?
In John 9 and John 12 Jesus said: “I must do the works of Him that sent Me as long as there is light with you. The night comes when no man can work and I say to you the hour of darkness is coming where no one will be able to do the works with God. So I am going to do the works of God while it is yet light.“ What He was saying is: “I am the light of the world.”
In Matthew 5:14 He tells us: “…you are a city that is set on a hill.” He describes this city in the next context and says: “…you are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill and can not be hid.”
Matthew 5:16 …Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
The works in the gospels are signs, wonders and miracles.
The time is right for signs, wonders and miracles now like never before.
This is the year of the favour of the Lord.
GOD IS LIGHT AND WORKS IN LIGHT
“Let your light so shine.” What is this light? Jesus said: “I can only do the works as long as it is light.” Proclaiming: “I am the light, but the hour of darkness is coming where they are going to nail me to a cross. Darkness is going to fill the earth, because the light of the world is going to go out. When that light comes back, you are going to be that light.”
In John 12 the Greeks said that they want to see Jesus. Jesus said: “No, go tell them, if I am the corn of wheat, I alone am alive. If I die, many others will come to the front.” So Jesus is saying: “I am the light, but the light is now going out, but after 3 days this light is coming back. Then it is going to be imparted to many others and I tell you, that 50 days from then, you are going to see 120 lights coming forth. Then you are going to see 5000 coming forth and then multitudes coming forth in the light.”
What is the light for? To do the miracles. “I can only work while the light is there.”
Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.
Light was the first thing that God brought into the universe.
John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men.
Darkness came on the earth, but Jesus came as the Word. The Word said: “Let there be light.” So, here comes the Word in physical form and He says: “In Me is life. This life is actually the light (not of the universe), the light of man. I am going to enlighten you.”
John 1:9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
John 1:29 …Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Sin is darkness. If darkness is taken away, what comes in its place? Light. The light shone in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome the light.
” What is it that we need to perform the miraculous? The light of God.
” What happens to us when we are born again? We are enlightened.
Your light is switched on and if we can know what this light is for, where it comes from and how to operate that light, we can drive darkness out.
Isaiah 1:18 Thou your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; Thou they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool.
SIN IS RED
This is the comparison between sin and the deliverance from sin: One is red and the other is white. If light shines, what colour is it? It is white – we talk about white light. When we talk about the spectrum that breaks through a prism we get white light. If you combine all the colours of the rainbow, you get white light. The absence of light is black, darkness.
In the beginning, after God created everything, He said: “Let us make man” not create,
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…
So God made man and there he was – he looked like God, but he was not yet alive. He was only a body out of the dust of the earth. Then came the Godhead, stood over this form, this image and said: “He looks like us; the only problem is he is not alive.”
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of he dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
What made him a living soul? The breath of God.
That word for ‘breath’ in the Hebrew is the same word for ‘wind’ and the same word for ‘spirit.’ God blew His Spirit in man. God blew His wind in man. God blew His breath in man.
What made man a living soul? The Spirit of Almighty God.
So, man stood up a living soul and according to Psalm 8 & Hebrews 2, man was clothed with the glory of Almighty God. But the Bible says they were naked and not ashamed. Their clothes were not on the outside, but the clothes were formed because of something within.
Matthew 17 – The Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus went on a high mountain and took with Him Peter, James and John. His appearance changed and His clothes started shining. First of all He Himself changed and then the outside looked like it was whiter than any bleach on earth could wash it. It was not the clothes that were white; it was the glory of God that shone from His inside.
GLORY = LIFE = LIGHT = WHITENESS
The Glory of God is the light of God, is the life of God and it is white. John says in the book of Revelation: “I saw Him and when I turned to see which voice was speaking to me, He was clothed in white. His hair was white as snow, eyes flaming like fire, golden girdle, feet like bronze burning in the fire, but white, glistering, shining glory.”
Jesus prayed and said: “Father glorify Me with the glory that I had with Thee before the creation.”
Jesus said that it is from inside that this light shines. John 1:9 – Jesus comes to light this light in you. What happens, what is literally supposed to happen when the Son of God lights your light / lights your candle? If we can see this, we are going to do miracles.
HIGHER AND LOWER NATURE
Genesis 3 says that the serpent was more cunning than all the animals of the field. He came to Eve and said: “God said that He does not want you to eat from the tree, because He knows that if you eat, you will be like Him.” But they were already like God. They were made in the image and likeness of God. Yet they ate and the minute they ate, they realised their nakedness. They lost something. What did they loose? The glory, the light, the life. God did not say: “You will be like Me if you eat…” He said: “You will die if you eat.” So God spoke about spiritual death. The light of God was taken out of man, so the prophecy comes and says: “I will put enmity between your seed and the seed of the woman. There is going to come time, Satan, that I am going to crush you with the darkness that you have put on this universe and I am going to bring light again to My people.” We call that being born again.
The breath of God, made man a living soul, but God also made animals? No, He formed and created animals. The Bible says, the life of the soul of the animal was in the blood, but nothing is mentioned about man. Man had life because of the breath of God. Now the animal is called ‘the lower nature’ according to Genesis 1 in the Hebrew tongue. The animals were of a lower nature than man.
Psalm 8 & Hebrews 2 says: “I have put all creation under your feet. The beasts of the field, the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea… they are of a lower nature than you, but we do not yet see everything yet under man, but we see Jesus.”
After the fall of man, man got a lower nature and the Bible says in Genesis 6 that they lived like animals. What qualified them to live like an animal? The life of the soul was in the blood and not in the breath.
Blood congealed is light. Just like congealed water is ice. If you take water and cool it down, you get ice. If you take ice and melt it, you get water. (The Bible says that in the last days, the love of many will cool down. That is why we need to be on fire.)
What we are talking about is light creating miracles. So when man took of the tree in the garden of Eden, the light in him congealed. Instead of the light of God flowing in his veins, blood started flowing in his veins.
” So what was contaminated? The light. The contaminated light is blood.
” Where do they test you for sickness? In your blood.
” Where do they try and see what came from your forefathers? In your blood.
” Why is the church world caught up in bloodline curses? Because they know that something is in the blood.
Sin, unrighteousness, sickness and viruses are detected in the blood, which is red – not black.
Romans 8:3 – What was impossible for the law to do, God made possible by sending His own Son in sinful flesh.” That is why Jesus said: “Can I just get the glory back? Father give Me my glory back that I had with Thee before I came.” He said: “Son, I will give You Your glory back.”
Jesus went to the cross. What did He shed? His blood. What did He empty Himself of? Blood, of sin, of sickness, of diseases and when He came back Luke 24 says: “Touch Me, I am not a ghost. I am flesh and bone.” No mention of Blood. Where was the blood? It was in heaven, sprinkled forever and ever and ever. Throughout eternity, the blood will be there as a sure sign that what happened in the Garden of Eden has now been cancelled by the blood of the Lamb of Almighty God.
What happened in the garden? God put a deep sleep on man and He took a rib out of man and formed woman. Adam stood up and said: “I will call her woman, because she was taken out of man.” The Bible says that God called them Adam. Adam said to God: “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” NO BLOOD.
Ephesians 5:26-30 – “Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands as unto the Lord, but I am bringing you a mystery because I am actually speaking about Christ and the church, who by the washing of the water of the Word cleansed you to set you before Himself, holy, unblamable, irreprovable, clean. But I am speaking a mystery of Christ and the church, because we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.”
” What brought death on the earth? Sin.
” What did sin do? It made blood out of light.
Paul said: “We shall not all die, but we shall all be changed.”
Peter said: I Peter 9:1-12 – “All the prophets prophesied to try and find out when was the time that God spoke about the Spirit of Christ in them that said, there will be a time where the glory will come and be revealed at the revelation of Christ in the church. Even the angels desire to know when that time will be.” They knew that they did not prophesy for themselves, not for their dispensation of time in which the Bible was written, but to a future generation that will still be on the earth and that will realise that it is time for the glory to come back in the church.
The Bible declares that the Word that was God and is God became flesh, sinful flesh (He had to have blood)… The thing that was contaminated is the thing that had to be paid.
” Why did He come? To do what? To bring the glory back.
When Jesus went to the disciples, after the resurrection, He was walking straight through the wall. He did not even look for the doorknob. “Peace” He said. The thing that limits you is your blood. The place where your proteins and minerals are short is in your blood. The thing that tires you is your blood. The thing that lifts you up is your blood. It is all in the blood. Where will be the place where we will be unlimited, where we will be ruling and reigning in life with One, Christ Jesus? When we are changed from glory (which is white, which is light, which is the life) to glory (which is white, which is light, which is the life).
The glory, the life, the light of God is all that God has and all that God is. The Greek word is “doxa” and is used for all the same things.
Jesus says: “I can only work while it is light.” Light shines in darkness.
” What did you think the light will be?
” What did you think the glory is?
” What is the glory that will fill the whole earth?
We are the carriers of the glory. We have the treasure in earthen vessels – not the light, but the treasure of the light. The treasure must be opened. We have the treasurekist, but we also have the map to the where the treasurekist lies. The treasure was put inside of you when you were born again. God lit your lamp, but it is in a treasurekist, so you must open the treasure. We received the first glory – that is that the light was put in a treasurekist. Now it is your responsibility to open it up.
Gideon told the 300 men on the mountain to each take an earthen vessel and to put torches inside. He said: “When I give the sign, break the vessels so that the lights can shine.” God brought confusion in the camp of the enemy.
It is time that the earthen vessels are broken before God – seeking God, weeping before God, being hungry before God… Stop playing church. It was when David played before the ark that God struck the men dead. They played with the glory. This was the custom of heathens to play before their gods. There was not an earnest heart in it. David said: “If this is it, I do not want it, take it to Obed-Edom.” The next time they worshipped God before the ark, they sought God to see which would be right manner.
When God says something, do not play, just do it. We want the glory back, which is the white light, which is the life of God, which causes a change to come in your blood, which causes you to not be sick anymore, which will eventually cause you not to die.
Revelation 21:23 The city had not need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
If you are the light of the world and that qualifies you as a city that is set on a hill,
” Who is the Lamb? The Lamb is the One that shed His blood.
” Why did he not say Christ is the light?
” Why did John say: “There is the Lamb that will take away the sin?”
” Why is the Lamb the light of the city?
” What makes your light to shine? The blood of the Lamb.
People sang: “Wash me in the Blood and whiter than the snow shall I be…” It means you are going to be clothed again. It is actually coming from inside and does not mean you are going to throw your clothes away. You will be shining.
” What will the light bring about? No sickness.
” Where is the curse? In the blood.
If Christ has redeemed us from the curse; He came to cleanse us. He came to set us on fire to get the congealedness out of us so that the blood can again become ‘a fluid’ which is the light of Almighty God, so that when we walk, our shadows will heal the sick, our handkerchiefs will drive out the demons.
If we can be changed and our blood can become light, what will be impossible for us? Are all things possible? Why do we then limit God, like the children of Israel? The Bible says that they limited the Holy One of Israel, asking Him: “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?” He can not prepare a table in the wilderness; He sent a whole army of quails and fed them with it until they could eat no more.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
Matthew 5:14-15 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
But the church has been hiding under baskets / bushels.
The Greek word for that basket / bushel means: no man after he is enlightened judges his fellow man. It means that you are not judging other peoples’ spirituality according to your own spirituality. When you judge them, you kill your light. When you criticise and judge someone, you cover your own light; you cause your light to stay blood.
The whole creation waits expectantly, groans in earnest expectation and we who have the first fruits of the Spirit also groan in ourselves, waiting for the salvation of the flesh. What is the salvation of the flesh? The flesh must become unlimited. It means walking through walls, preaching in England while you are still in South Africa. (John G. Lake was in Johannesburg praying and all of a sudden he was in a mental institution in England, praying for the sick.)
Can we expand our imaginations? The root word is ‘image,’ with the word ‘man’.
God made man in His own image.
Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
II Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Imagine that. Imagine you are supposed to be a son of God. When you are born again, you become a child of God. That is glory. Then you are changed, going to perfection where there is nothing wrong with your blood anymore, where the glory is taking control. Where we are not at the first glory, but are being changed into the second glory, which is the image of the Son –bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh. When His glory hits you, it is light, which is the life (In Him was light and the light was the life of men), which is the glory of God.
God’s life is the light John 1 which is ‘doxa’ which is all that God has and is.
If that light hits you, it does something to your blood. That is why people get healed when others lay their hands on them. It is a release of the light of God which brings light into darkness.
Isaiah 1:18 Thou your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; Thou they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool.
God is not looking now at a specific man, so to speak, but He is looking at the corporate body that is prepared to say: “I take it, I take it…” Jesus prayed and said: “Father I pray that they be one, as You and I are one. I in You and You in Me. We in them, they in Us.” If we will take it, people will see Christ everywhere and the whole earth will filled with His glory. Unto those that believe this, nothing shall be impossible to them.
We always saw miracles, but we always judged. God said that the natural man can not receive the things of the spirit, but the spiritual man is judged of no one.
Your spirituality may be at another level than someone else’s but how do we know how to judge someone? God speaks to different people in different ways, but they all can be spiritual.
Let’s pray that God will set our blood free from contamination, from sin and unrighteousness, from germs and diseases and let the light, glory, life of Christ Jesus once again start flowing in our veins. If we can realise what God has invested in us, we will know that we are a danger to the kingdom of darkness. If we can realise what Christ, after the resurrection, has put in our lives, what will we do? Nothing will be impossible.
It is letting your light shine, so that people can see the works. May the great Eternal God favour us. If we believe it is the year of the favour, if this light will break through, what will be impossible? NOTHING!!!
We must get rid of our pet-doctrines, our religions, our traditional theological differences and we must say: “Almighty God, I am ready for the light to break through.”
THE TIME IS NOW
THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE FAVOUR OF THE LORD
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