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Paul wrote:  The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.[1]  Has anyone noticed the paradox of what Paul wrote, for he said it is not a matter of talk but of power?  Yet we have always worked on the principle of “ask and you will receive”[2] and you will have whatever you say if you believe it without a doubt.  We have also been taught by the Lord Jesus Himself to ask, to pray and to speak, and John testified to us out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword.[3] 

We are taught to speak and to confess, as Paul wrote:  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.[4]  We are taught to pray as well, and that by Jesus Himself.

But, you must admit, speaking, preaching, praying, and confessing, it is all just talk, but Paul wrote that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power, giving us a clue that it is beyond the speaking, preaching, confessing and praying, as well as the believing, for the believing is tied to the talking, as Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive…  Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”[5]  However, Paul left us a clue that the power of the Kingdom of God goes beyond just talking.  Yes, there is a manifestation of the power of God when we confess, ask, agree, propose, pray and speak with faith, and believe.  That is what we have experienced so far, but we have not experienced near enough the full extent of the power of the Kingdom of God.  The power of the tongue is discussed in James’ letter to the twelve tribes of Israel.  He warned us of its power and its difficulties in taming it.  Indeed, if you only listened to James, you would cut out your tongue, for he wrote:  It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.[6]  Yet without the tongue, who can confess, who can ask, and who can call upon the Name of the Lord and be saved?

You see, the power that is released by prayer, asking, speaking, proposing, and declaring with faith overflowing from the heart, is a power not unique to the Kingdom of God.  For those of the Kingdom of Heaven can have a measure of power through what they say.  Their confession can save them, their repentance can cleanse them, and their prayers can have God answering them so that they receive whatever they ask for in prayer.  Thus, when Paul wrote for us:  The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power, he was speaking of power of which its release is unique to the Kingdom of God.

Before you think that is this a contradiction to an earlier teaching when I taught the Kingdom of God is the only kingdom of power, and that the Kingdom of Heaven has no power, it is not.  No citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven has the power to do what he will or wish.  What happens in the Kingdom of Heaven is that God answers their prayers and He saves, heals, and delivers them, you name it, by His power, but it is God who is doing it by His power.  For the Kingdom of God, it is the citizens of the kingdom who are doing the miracles by God’s power.  Thus, when you hear evangelists saying that they do not do the healing but Jesus does, they are absolutely correct.  It is God working with them that causes the miracles to manifest, but it is God who is doing the miracles and they are doing the talking – that is Kingdom of Heaven.

In the Kingdom of God, it is God doing the talking and the servants who are doing the miracles by His power, or rather that is the way it should be.  Jesus tried to teach the disciples about the Kingdom of God, and in fact, even as He left, He was only talking to them about the Kingdom of God, but they had their heart and mind on the Kingdom of Israel.[7]

At the feeding of the 5000, Jesus said, “They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat.”[8]  Meaning that Jesus fully intended the disciples would not only give out the food, but acquire the food, whether it was through eight months’ worth of wages or another way.  In the gospel of John, he wrote:  When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do.  Philip answered Him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”[9]  And someone else said, “This is a remote place and it’s already getting late.  Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”[10] 

After Philip and probably a few others had told Him that it would cost eight months’ wages after He had said, “You give them something to eat,”[11] He then said to them three little words that followed this question, “How many loaves do you have,”[12] just like, “Listen to Him,” that forms the basic reason for the Kingdom of God’s power whereby it is no longer a matter of talk, He told them, “Go and see.”[13]

It was not, go and preach.  Before He said anything about preaching, He said, “Go and see.”  It reminds me of Moses sending the twelve spies into Canaan to spy out the land to see what they were up against, as another “go and see” situation.  And they did.  Andrew replied, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”[14]  Just like the ten spies who went into Canaan and saw the giants, as also Joshua and Caleb did, and came back.  But as they reported what they saw, they reported not only the material situation, but they reported what they saw with their hearts, minds and faith.  Likewise, Andrew saw the five loaves and two fish, and his mind told him it was not enough. 

When Jesus said, “They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat.  How many loaves do you have?  Go and see,” He, in fact, was saying to them, “There is no problem.  They do not need to go away, because you have the solution already.  So you give them something to eat.”  And when they didn’t quite understand, He pointed out to them the tool that would be used to solve the problem, the loaves of bread, now go and see.  Go and see if you can see the answer to the problem.  Go and see if you can see how to solve the problem with five loaves of bread and two fish.

In the same way, the spies were sent to see the problem, but they were also meant to see the answer.  Caleb and Joshua did, and gave their report this way:  “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.  If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land…”[15]  Caleb and Joshua saw the problem but also saw the answer to the problem through God.  If Andrew had said this instead:  “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish.  If You give us the power and authority to multiply them as You gave us the power and authority to drive out demons and heal the sick, we can feed them.”  If one of them had said it, if they had learned to see as one who is of the Kingdom of God, then that day it would have been the twelve who multiplied the food to feed the 5000, not Jesus.

Thus, when Paul wrote:  The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, he was trying to tell us it is a matter of seeing, or rather, how you see.  It is a matter of being able to reconcile what you see in the light of the kingdom.  You see, the Kingdom of God, when its power manifests, is the Kingdom of Light.  For God is the Father of all lights.  Thus, how you see or perceive with your sight will determine what you think, say, confess and pray.

The ten spies saw the same giants as Caleb and Joshua, but they perceived danger, failure and destruction, and so they spoke it:  “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them,”[16] just as Andrew saw the problem and spoke it, “But how far will they go among so many?”

Caleb and Joshua saw the same situation, but their perception, the eyes of the heart, their spiritual eyes, saw also the answer:  “If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land.”  That is why the Lord had said Caleb had a different spirit… a different attitude as well.

The power of the Kingdom of God, or rather, the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power, power that is dependant on how you see things.  So when Jesus said, “Go and see,” He wanted to find out if they had learnt to see the truth about the Kingdom of God, the truth of who they were with, that they were serving the One for whom nothing is impossible.

Can they see that He who gave them power and authority to drive out demons and heal the sick, could He not also give them power to multiply the food?  That is why Jesus said, “For judgement I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”[17]  For those who arrested Him and put Him on that cross to kill Him failed to see that a Man as powerful as He is could not be so easily subdued unless He had something else in mind in allowing them to torture and kill Him. Paul wrote:  None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.[18]  You cannot understand what you cannot see, and they did not see the power in Jesus when a word from Him caused them to fall backwards.  What would have happened if He had shouted?

Learning to obey this command, “Go and see,” and then learning to see that the Lord wants to show you the answer, not the problem, is when you have learnt to see by the light of the Kingdom of Light, and not of the Kingdom of Man or even of Satan.  Andrew saw by the light of the Kingdom of Man as did Philip.  They saw what it would cost in money and how impossible the situation was.  Had they seen it in the light of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of Power, they would have seen an opportunity for them to do something miraculous on par with driving out demons and healing the sick, especially after the Lord had said, “You give them something to eat.”

It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if they had commanded the bread to multiply just like they commanded the demons to flee.  It is when you learn to see properly that you will see the Kingdom of God, for it does not come visibly by careful observation, but only after you have entered it by being born again of the water and the Spirit.[19] 

When you have learned to see from the perspective of the Kingdom of God, then you will understand, and your speech, prayer, preaching, confessing, and even your believing will be different from those of the Kingdom of Heaven.  If you can see that Jesus said, “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing,”[20] then you will realise that it is about you doing what God says with His power working in you.  It is all about God speaking and you doing the miracles, not about you doing the talking while God does the miracles.

It is when you see correctly the relationship of the speaker and the doer in the two kingdoms that you will not only see the Kingdom of God, but you will live in the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Power.  It is when you see that every situation and problem is an opportunity for you to practise a word of Jesus that you will begin to think, believe and speak in such a way that there is no hindrance to the power of the kingdom manifesting for you.

When God first started training Jeremiah, He asked Jeremiah, “What do you see?”  Jeremiah replied, “I see the branch of an almond tree,” and the Lord said, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see My word fulfilled.”[21]  The branch of an almond tree sounds like watching in Hebrew.  God is watching to see His word fulfilled.  Jesus is watching to see His word fulfilled, and the Holy Spirit is watching to see Jesus’ words fulfilled.  As the elect of the Holy Spirit, you are trained to see as They see, to see what They see and to see what “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him,”[22] for God has revealed it to you by His Spirit.

Now listen:  “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”[23]  Good eyes are eyes that can see.  If your eyes can see, then your whole body will be full of light.  If your eyes can see what no eye has seen because the Holy Spirit has revealed it to you, then your whole body is full of light, the light of the Kingdom of Light.  Since God alone is good, then if you have God’s eyes, the light within you will be true light.  The light that is darkness is when you have eyes that are blind to God’s ways.  Though you may see, you are still blind.  For the one who does not see as God sees will be like Peter who opposed Jesus, saying, “Never, Lord!  This shall never happen to You!”[24]  Peter did not see why Jesus had to die at all, and because of that blindness, Jesus replied, “Get behind Me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”[25]  It is when we do not see with God’s eyes but with man’s eyes that the light in us is darkness, for we then have in mind the things of men and not of God, and if that light by which we see is darkness, then indeed, how dark is the darkness.

As the elect of the Holy Spirit, it is our work to see what no one can see, but what the Spirit shows us.  It is when we learn to be the “good eyes” that the body of Christ will be filled with light.  So then the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but a matter of how you see.  It is a matter of answering this question:  “What do you see?”  And a matter of obeying this command: “Go and see.”  But having seen, now mind how you reply, for it is by your words that you will be acquitted and by your words that you are set free. 

Before the Father said, “Listen to Him,”[26] Jesus had already transfigured before their eyes.  There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.[27]  It was after Jesus transfigured that the Father said, “Listen to Him!”  Didn’t they see?  They were not being commanded to listen to any ordinary man.  They were not asked to listen to Moses or Elijah, neither of whom transfigured.  Jesus alone did.  Now, do you see who you are commanded to listen to, the One who was transfigured?  He is no ordinary Man, never was; He is not a good man, not a prophet, not even an apostle, nor a leader, for no man ever transfigured.  His face shone like the sun.  Look at the sun; have you ever seen a man’s face shine like the sun?  Luke wrote:  His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.[28]  Indeed, you are seeing a Man not from Earth, but a Man from Heaven.  Hollywood knows how to depict this with its special effects, but they plagiarised it from Jesus.

The command to “Listen to Him!” was restored first, for even the blind can hear His voice.  It was the blind men who heard that Jesus was passing by, and they shouted out to Him, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”[29]  What did they hear in the voice of Jesus that made them call Him, “Son of David”?  They heard the majesty of His voice, for Jesus may have had an appearance of no natural beauty, but He spoke always with authority, the authority of the King.  It was when they listened (heard) that they received their sight to see.

Have you not heard enough to see, or are you not only blind but deaf as well?  He transfigured as He prayed, and He said, “Anyone who has faith in Me will (can) do what I have been doing…”  Can you see now what the Kingdom of God truly is?

Learn then to see things correctly in truth and in Spirit.  Report the truth, yes; there are giants, yes; there are only five loaves and two fish, yes.  But learn to see with the eyes of God and hear what He said, and those walls will come tumbling down, and the bread and fish will multiply.  It is not a matter of talk but of power, can you see what God sees?  Amen

Conclusion:

Thus, as you, the elect, learn to be like the eyes of God, good eyes that can see what no one has seen but the Spirit has made it known to you, then the church, the body of Christ, will be filled with light, light that is not darkness, and light that is not based on man but on God.

As citizens of the kingdom, you will learn with practice that it is the impossible situations that we want, for what is impossible with men is possible with God.  Five loaves and two fish – that is the answer to the problem, not the problem itself.  That is why when the blind see and the lame walk, when you can do miracles as surely as you can boil an egg, then God will see that His word has been fulfilled, then shall the end come.  Amen.

Remember, Jesus said, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”[30]  So, watch first, watch with eyes open to see and not as one whose eyes are closed.  After you have learned to see properly, then you will be able to pray properly.  Amen




[1] 1 Corinthians 4:20

[2] John 16:24

[3] Revelation 1:16

[4] Romans 10:9-10

[5] John 16:24; Mark 11:24

[6] James 3:6

[7] Acts 1:3,6

[8] Matthew 14:16

[9] John 6:5-7

[10] Matthew 14:15

[11] Mark 6:37; Luke 9:13

[12] Mark 6:38

[13] Mark 6:38

[14] John 6:9

[15] Numbers 14:7-8

[16] Numbers 13:33

[17] John 9:39

[18] 1 Corinthians 2:8

[19] John 3:3,5 subtext: born from above

[20] John 14:12

[21] Jeremiah 1:11-12

[22] 1 Corinthians 2:9 (Isaiah 64:4)

[23] Matthew 6:22-23

[24] Matthew 16:22

[25] Matthew 16:23

[26] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[27] Matthew 17:2

[28] Luke 9:29

[29] Matthew 20:30

[30] Luke 21:36

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