Believers’ Convention 2015 (London, United Kingdom)
Theme: The Word of His Power
Day 4 (29th August, 2015)
Speaker 2: Rev. Kayode Oyegoke
Bible Text: Hebrews 1:1-5
Vs. 3. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and UPHOLDING ALL THINGS BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”
God wants us to hold the Word of God the way Jesus held onto it until He sat at the right hand of the Father. God wants to train us to hold eternal life because immediately the Word of God comes into a life, one has to fight for it to stay. The word of God only comes by faith, and we have to fight the battle of making this ‘Word’ ours.
This is what the adversary wants to fight because left to him, he won’t allow us to handle this Word. We need to war to become handlers of this Word until the Word becomes ours.
“… when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3b): There are two ways for the cleansing of our sins; one was when He died on the cross, while the other was after He resurrected and got to heavens. Our sins was on Him when He died on the Cross: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” – 1 Peter 2:24.
In the Old Testament, the sins of the people were laid on the heifer before the sacrifice of the animal. The same thing happened to Jesus; our sins was laid on Him at the cross, but unlike the Old Testament (where there is no resurrection), when He was raised from the dead, He was raised without sin. Jesus then went into the Holy place and purged our sins there.
The earthly temple was a copy of the heavenly one; the outer court, Holy place, and the most Holy place were for the taking away of sins. The tree that Jesus died on is an altar outside the gate. Jesus was escorted outside the gate: This means that He was given up to Sin, and that Sin had Jesus for three days.
Jesus doesn’t commit sin, He only bore people’s sins. We were made to understand that on the third day, Jesus was raised, but it still wasn’t the end; He had to go into the Holy Place to purge our sins. This is good news! Jesus endured so much, and the Father endured so much as well for us to be saved. The first born is the doorway into eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Those who are in the world can now come to Christ through the cross; the cross is the gateway. Whoever passes through the cross, accepts resurrection and believes in the heart, will also be raised from the dead.
The cross and the resurrection took care of the salvation of our spirit. What we need from God is life, not healing. Any of the prophets in the Old Testament could have died on the cross, but it takes only a life that was qualified to pay for all the sins of humanities.
God brought a man who has stature to destroy Sin. When we believe, a whole lot is done in the spirit, and the spirit is being raised back to life by just confessing and believing that Jesus is Lord. It is our spirit that is seated with Christ where He is, we just have to believe that by Faith. Our spirit is identified with the royal blood of God, it belongs to that which is of God.
Actually, Lucifer wanted to sit where Christ is seated – He wanted to be like the most High, but look at us for example, we are not looking for that place, yet, God is interested in giving that place to us. Surprisingly, we keep seeking what to wear, where to live, who to marry, etc, but God is saying that is not our destiny; our destiny is to sit where He is seated.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens”
What we should seek are majestic things; the things which are with Christ, where He is seated.
The only life we have is above, and the life we live now is by the power of the above. God is also concerned about our earthly life. We are born again to set our affections on things above. May God train pastors and ministers who will take the flock above because the truth is, we have many earthly pastors who are sensual, which shouldn’t be.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, WHEN HE HAD BY HIMSELF PURGED OUR SINS, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH”
Immediately He purged our sins, that’s when He sat; He couldn’t sit until He had purged our sins. His sitting means we are sitting as well. Even though He died on the cross on earth, He finished and perfected the work on the throne. We wouldn’t be able to sit if He hadn’t purged our sins.
Any child of God who loves Him will recognize Sin, and stay away from Sin. The fact that our sins have been taken care of is not enough for lawlessness; we need to be sincere with ourselves. The sins Jesus dealt with talks of the sins that makes our imperfection. He is the “author and perfecter” of our faith. When Jesus sanctified us, He also perfected us: “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” – Heb. 10:14. The word ‘perfection’ means He has finished it. We have to acknowledge what Jesus has done.
God’s desire for us is that we receive what Jesus has paid for. What is making us not to attain to perfection is our sin: Sin is more than fleshy acts, there are sins we don’t see. There are sins of the spirit, there are also fleshy sins.
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13. From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”
We can all agree that from the above scripture, His enemies aren’t yet under His feet. It is the heavenly purging of our sins that has a link to ending this.
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”
The air is the heaven above us; the place of earthly dominion. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Eph. 6:12. There’s a prince of all these spirits, and what is holding them in the air is our commitment to them. We are in submission to them by our conversations, way of our life, course of this world, and the way we live. It’s not about fornication; as long as how you live on earth is carnal, then you’re being held by this prince. There’s a disobedience they have taught us, and they came by the unbelief of one man. It’ll take obedience of faith to break the unbelieving pattern.
“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name”
This isn’t faith for milkshakes, it is faith to reduce and bring the powers of these spirits under our feet as we obey. We don’t get this done by praying; praying is good and it will bring empowerment for obedience, but please obey because obedience is better than sacrifice.
We are supposed to go against the way that seems right to mankind. We need to obey God to the end. This is the message of the kingdom that should be preached to all nations. When we obey God, we disobey Satan, and this will weaken the evil one until they will be made our footstool.
“For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. 20. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
If Satan is not brought under our feet, then we should forget about Christianity. You’ll walk by faith until you get to peace. Children of God should be taught to come and obey God, so that Satan can be bruised. If it’s by faith, that means it’s a walk. Satan fears the steps of obedience, it reminds him that you’re walking to the place of God, and that he’ll shortly be bruised.
Don’t think you’re sophisticated more than Satan, he is the creator of civilization and sophistication. Satan isn’t an area boy with a very scary voice, he is a gentle man who gives you a way of life that seem right to a man, but the end is destruction.
This fight isn’t a physical one: Our faith walk is important; it will bruise the devil’s head. We need to walk by faith and not by sight.
“From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”
Jesus is an awesome work for God. This delay of not delivering the enemies as His footstool is because we haven’t undertaken the work to put the enemies under. The current position of the enemy is in the air, and he doesn’t want the church to grow up. We are to grow up higher than them.
Don’t grow sideways, God wants us to grow up so that we can be offered up. The issue is that we are to ‘come up hither’, but spirits don’t want us to come up. We are to pierce the veil and overcome them by our walk. Generating a lifestyle in the Spirit is higher than that of mankind. We will be more superior to spirits by our life – our faith walk.
Every instruction of faith is from a thought. God asked Abraham, “can you walk with Me?”. The method that our Father Abraham used in walking with God is by faith; anything outside faith instruction is sin. Jesus came and died by faith. God raised Him as a king to detonate sin, and with the blood of the Father, He purged our sins.
“Being made SO MUCH BETTER than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
There is the so much more , the blood that was used to purge sins was the blood of God.
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”
When Jesus appeared in heaven, the Father said to His Son, “thy throne o God” – His Father called Him God. Before Jesus sat, He purged our sins. Why was He purging our sins? It’s so that we will sit with Him fully at the right hand side. It’ll take the purging of God to raise us up. We need to be awoken from our slumber.
Anytime the Word of God is ministered, the deposit of spirits it has keeps us, and we become sanctified and purged. In the heavens, the will of God is done, but in the United States (or any other country), it’s not done – thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In heaven you’re done, but on earth, you’re not yet done. In heaven, I have been purged forever and seated with Him, but it needs to be received here on the earth. We are to fight to receive these things on the earth: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” – Matt. 11:12.
The ministry of glory must come to us. If I keep confessing that I have been perfected forever, it doesn’t work like that. God needs to shine the light of the scripture to us; it’s not about memorising scriptures, it’s meant to be revealed to our soul.
These things are not our own, they are of the Father and the Son. You can’t appropriate the working on this word when you cut off the ministry of the high priest of these things. Jesus is very involved, even now in the officiating; He hasn’t stopped to intercede for us.
There won’t be a perfection of the inside if we neglect our saviour. Jesus must constantly be before us: We must see Him, because without Him, we can do nothing.
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”
Profession is our calling, it is our vocation. Vocation is what you do; our primary work is that we should come to the finish.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus is the High Priest of our profession, and the profession can only be properly done with the help of the High Priest. How does He bring to us profession? How does He help us to finish? He’s the one who helps us to the finish.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH”
Jesus is at the right hand of the Majesty, and He downloads to us what He has by the power of the spoken word. It’s not every one in church or people that has arrived to the place where they can hear Him: some people have ears and yet, they don’t have ears to hear the Son. If you don’t have ears to hear, He won’t bring the spoken word to you; but He’ll still butter your bread – provide your earthly carnal needs.
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice”
Jesus is at the right hand of God speaking to us. The reason He is occupying the right hand is to speak to us; He is at the right hand speaking, and we are to hear.
Jesus wasn’t speaking to the disciples from the right hand while He was on earth with them. He is now speaking at a higher frequency so that the enemy will be brought under our feet. The apostles were getting people born again and healing people, but after a while, Jesus got tired of that (because that it cannot bring the enemy under our feet) and He met Saul of tarsus on his way to Damascus.
“And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.”
Apostle Paul was the prophet of His voice, he was later sent to the church in Hebrew. What that voice does is that it cleanses our heart and trains us to do the work of faith.
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
When Jesus is speaking to you and I and we are hearing, faith is coming to us. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). Our profession is of faith. As He is speaking, each word is coming to us to build us. The level of the word you have gathered is what tells you how built you are. As you are receiving the word, you are receiving a building, and He’s building you to resist sin.
For every word that comes, a building has been added. As you keep doing it and carrying out obedience, you’re being built a building against all sin; for every building is a new experience of grace. Grace is the strength of God. It’s not our language, it’s a thronic language; and Satan doesn’t understand grace.
As long as you are with Jesus, you are receiving grace. There are beings that doesn’t want you to grow because they’re being exposed as you are growing, and their time for judgement is coming.