AND THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE Part 2

( The message – Christ crucified )

Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave on the third day handed over to His disciples and the dispensation of the church one of the most irrational message in the world – a man died and he rose again!

How can you tell someone that a man died and he is risen again ?How on earth will you prove this ? Are you going to prove it historically , scientifically or by  demonstrating it supernaturally through your life with signs and wonders?

2000 years ago, it was difficult for the disciples of Jesus to prove to anyone that the man whom they crucified is risen again.
The world believes whatever died stays dead. 
When Jesus promised Martha when He came around to raise Lazarus her brother who had died and was buried for four days,she struggled to believe the claims of Jesus concerning the resurrection of her dead brother :

John 11:23-24 (KJV)
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Anyone else in her shoe will equally struggle to believe that what died shall rise again.

The core message of the gospel is the resurrection , that is our main thrust and projection. Resurrection of Christ from the dead is the basis for our faith and preaching :

1 Corinthians 15:12-14 (KJV)
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Any other message , faith, prosperity ,health ,wealth or whatever are just the wraps . The main message is the death which produced salvation ,the burial and the resurrection which produced justification and it is foolish to them that are perishing :

1 Corinthians 1:21-24 (KJV)
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

The message of His resurrection is termed “foolish “because it defies human logic , it is irrational ; to the Jews,it was a stumbling block because how on earth can you proved to the inhabitants of Jerusalem 2000 years ago that the man they crucified on a hill outside the city  is risen from the dead ?

Morealso when He rose from the dead , He didn’t appear publicly to the city that crucified Him but to His faithfuls behind closed doors . 
Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t  appear to Pilate or the religious leaders that turned Him over to Rome to crucify Him? He could have appeared to Herod in his palace but if He had done that , it would have been splendid but that won’t produce a life of witness in them !

Jesus ,after risen from the dead ,could have appeared to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and save His disciples from proving anything but He decided to go through them . God will always use a man ! He would always come through a witness for himself .It has always been His modus operandi .

When Paul choose to approach the city of Corinth from the angle of the demonstration of the power of God, it was because of what he knew about the city :

1 Corinthians 2:1-4 (KJV)

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Corinth was a city filled with scholars , it was the seat of the intellectuals , the city had an insatiable taste for new things and fables ,Paul knew if he had gone there trying to explain an irrational message – a man died and rose from the grave on the third day, he would meet the wall in them so he had to ditch trying to explain the testimony of God ( the resurrection of Jesus from the dead ) theoretically for  the tangible demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God. This way, he would penetrated the city . It is difficult to breaktrough into regions without the manifestation of the Spirit. This decision led to the salvation of many in that city and the planting of a vibrant church in that city – the church of Corinth .

Our message is not normal to the ears of the natural man, we need signs and wonders to back our claims !

The ministry of signs and wonders is for the entire body of Christ !

Every believer has been saddled with the responsibility of proclaiming His ressurection and as such, we would need authentic signs and wonders in the course of proclaiming this good news.

A lot in the body of Christ had tried to limit the body of Christ from the miraculous out of erroneous teachings ; there are superstar healing evangelists or preachers that are trying to limit the miraculous to just a few quoting :

1 Corinthians 12:29-31 (KJV)
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Are all apostles? Certainly not ; He only gave some but that doesn’t mean we can’t  have governing relevance . Are all prophets? Certainly not; He gave some but that doesn’t mean we can’t prophesy and get into divine inspiration ! Every believer has the potential by the INFILLING of the Spirit  to get into divine inspiration :

1 Corinthians 14:1 
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Are all teachers? Certainly not but that doesn’t mean we can’t teach . The bible encourage us that we should be apt to teach .The book of Hebrews came hard on a group  of believers in chapter five of the book who ought to have become teachers at a certain stage in their walk with God but were found wanting still in need of milk:

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Hebrews 5:12 (KJV)
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Are all miracle workers ? Have all the gifts of healing ? Certainly not but that doesn’t mean we can’t manifest miracles! That doesn’t mean we can’t lay hands on the sick for them to recover :
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

There is nothing selfish about the call and the gift of God ,those who received these gifts here didn’t received them because of merits ,the grace of God imparted them ; the bible called healing a gift . It is called here in 1 Corinthians 12:29-31 as the GIFTS of HEALING and not the TRADE OF HEALING !

God did not give some the working of miracles or the gifts of healing for monopoly sake ; other members of the body are to learn how to step into the flow through those who had graciously received them ! Those who are gifted in these areas mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:29-31 are to equip the body of Christ how to function also in what they had been uniquely given !


Stay tuned for part 3.

Shalom.
©RFB

Richard Femi Bolaji is an endtime prophet /teacher and a vessel of real Holy Ghost revival privileged to have ministered across major denominations of the body of Christ in Africa and other parts of the globe .
Dr Bolaji’s ministry is thrilling , lively ,and tremendously encouraging and impactful .He has been anointed by God this hour to bring to the body of Christ ,one of the most important, one of the most anointed, and timely prophetic revelations and truth .
His inspirational teachings and ministrations imparts fresh faith , courage , hope and strength and they also attack spiritual forces and break through spiritual barriers. Atmosphere shifts, The spiritual Climate changes , things changes, And growth comes

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