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So What is “Dunamis”? Acts 1:8

So What is “Dunamis”? Acts 1:8
“8) but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”” Acts‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬
So what do we know about the Greek word “dunamis” which is most often translated as “power”? Some of it is still a mystery to me, but let’s see if we can unpack some basic understanding.
First of all, as the above verse indicates, it is closely connected to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He is the source of this power. You will never walk in power apart from a deepening understanding of the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, the word “dunamis” itself appears many times in the New Testament. It is translated in the New American Standard Bible in the following ways: ability (4), meaning (1), mightily (1), mighty (1), miracle (2), miracles (17), miraculous powers (3), power (80), Power (3), powers (6), strength (2) and wealth (1). This helps us understand the scope of this word. It is used over 100 times.
Third, it is closely tied to four basic Greek words; dunamai, dunamis, dunamoe, and dunestes. They all relate to a special power or ability that is beyond the scope the natural and is understood as being tied to the power of God. The English word for “dynamite” comes from these Greek root words. Dunamis is by definition connected to the supernatural work of God.
Forth, the word was first applied to Jesus. He was distinguished because “miraculous powers” were at work in Him. (See Matthew 13:54, 14:2 and Mark 6:14) Ten other times in the gospels, the word was used to describe miracles performed by Jesus. Acts 2:22 says; ““Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—” Numerous other times in the gospels it was used for the unique “power” that Jesus manifested.
Finally, as you study the word “dunamis” in the book of Acts and the Epistles, it is used repeatedly for the power born-again and Spirit filled Christians have available. It is therefore a distinguishing characteristic of mature Christians and most often punctuates their walk with Jesus and their gospel witness. (See 1 Corinthians 2:4-3:3… God repeatedly used this text to expose me over the years!)
As you study this subject, you will discover that the apostate church is full of sinful living, loves pleasure, holds to a form of godliness but is void of dunamis power. (See 2 Timothy 3:1-5) You will also discover that in the end times the anti-Christ will come with false power, signs and wonders but will be void of truth. (See 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
‭I see no indication in the New Testament that this “dunamis” power of the Holy Spirit diminishes during the church age. The Holy Spirit being the third Divine person of the Trinity by definition cannot fade in omnipotence. (Divine power) Where and when it is lacking in the Church usually means Gods people are sinful, straying, grieving the Holy Spirit and in need of repentance and revival.
If you are stuck in the rut of wondering why God does not do miracles today, I have to biblically conclude you are asking the wrong question. The right question should be; “Why am I and my church void of “dunamis” power?”
The answer may be two fold. First, you might be religious but lost! It is possible that you are not a born-again Christian. You might attend church, know about Jesus and talk about Jesus, but you have never trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. I have heard countless testimonies like this from people who served God for years but were not “born-again.”
The second problem might be that you are grieving, quenching, avoiding, minimizing, ignoring or willfully ignorant of the Holy Spirit. This describes much of the western church today. It is the root cause of carnal Christianity.
I warned that this study might stretch you and make you uncomfortable. You may need to retrace your steps through this study of spirit/Spirit life and look up every Scripture. If you are not living in “Zoe Life”, the problem is within you and not with God.
You have a choice, you can run from the Holy Spirit and hide behind dysfunctional Christianity, or you can cry out to Jesus and ask Him to guide you into the truth about the filling and power of the Holy Spirit. Your search should be based on diligent study of the Word of God.
This issue nagged me for over two decades. Sure, God was doing some good things and I was growing, but I was very cautious, ignorant and inhibited about the Holy Spirit. Finally, I decided to tackle this void head on. I decided to double down in Scripture study and exposure to what God was doing in the broader body of Christ.
Let me be candidly honest, I’ve met some shallow, fake, sinful and even exploitative people in the “Spirit filled” camp. These people have been a major disappointment. but, I’ve also encountered many deep, godly, biblically grounded and anointed disciples of Jesus who are living out genuine Zoe life. God has them planting in many churches.
So how has this played out in my life? My focus has become a relentless personal pursuit of Jesus Christ through a growing dependency on the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
What are the results? I now understand Zoe life and have become much more consistent at walking in the spirit/Spirit. My prayer life has exploded and powerful “God sized” things are happening on many fronts. Most important, Jesus Christ has become my best friend, Savior, Master and Lord.
My only regret is that I wondered in the wilderness far too long before surrendering to God and entering His promised land. The hang up’s were with me and not God. My goal now is to lead others to the living water of the Spirit that I am now constantly drinking from.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Hypothetical Question or Hypocritical Problem: Matthew 22:29

Hypothetical Question or Hypocritical Problem: Matthew 22:29
“But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭29‬ ‭
In the context, the Sadducees had come to Jesus with a hypothetical question designed to stump Him about His view of the resurrection. They posed a question about a woman who had married into a family of seven brothers and each in turn died and the next in turn married her in an attempt to raise up children. None were successful. Then the woman also died. The question was, “28) In the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her.”
Skeptics and critics raise hypothetical questions all the time in an attempt to disallow God or justify wrong behavior. Some are carnal Christians trying to defend dysfunctional living. The response Jesus gave was absolutely profound; “29) … You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.”
I have come back to this verse repeatedly over the years in my life. This is where philosophy and psychology fall short. This is also where modern theology often goes astray. Anytime the Word of God is understood in such a way as to minimize the power of God, it is erroneous.
The standard of truth is not human experience, it is the Word of God. If my experience is falling short of what Scripture teaches… then the problem is within me and not God. To say that “God does not do miracles today because I am not experiencing miracles”; fits the pattern of the same problematic reasoning of the Sadducees. It is a clever attempt to cover up an inner void.
This is an indication that a person is living on the level of the flesh or soul and has not entered into the reality of spirit/Spirit life. The absence of “Zoe life” views the Bible and God through the lens of naturalism. In the process, the Scriptures get twisted.
This introduces us to another New Testament term that is often glossed over by western Christianity. It is the Greek word “dunamis” as seen in Acts 1:8 and 1 Corinthians 2:4-5. It is often translated as “power.” Man made religion can scratch the inner “God itch”; but it is always void of God’s power.
This is symptomatic of man made religion. Modern western Christianity often minimizes and explains away the power of God while rationally making excuses for the flesh and soul to rule. Paul talked about the end result of this error in 2 Timothy 3:10: “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these.” (There is that Greek word “dunamis” again!)
Let me make an observation; “Zoe life” and “dunamis” go hand in hand in the New Testament. The more you grow in Zoe life the more you start walking in the power of God. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is always accompanied by “dunamis.” Man made religion is always void of “dumanis.”
Go back and review the way Paul prayed for new believers in Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21. This time look for the word “power.” It is going to shock you!
This biblical connection between Zoe and dunamis is what started to expose my own shallow Christian life. I was full of theology, but void of power. My inner man was famished. Scriptures like Ephesians 3:16-19 haunted me. I believed in Jesus, but rivers of living water were not flowing from my innermost being. (John 7:37-39) I was mostly dry on the inside.
But, I refused to live in either denial or hypocrisy. There was a void in my life and I set out to find solid biblical answers. My search kept pointing me back to the inner ministry of the Holy Spirit. I could no longer deny Him, resist Him or hold Him at arms length. Jesus graciously took me by the hand and started introducing me both biblically and experientially to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Behind many hypothetical questions are often hidden hypocritical problems. I was using clever evangelical jargon to hide the truth that I was empty inside and void of both Zoe life and power. I was walking in the shoes of the Sadducees, but I was sincerely begging Jesus to fill me with truth and transform me.
These words of Jesus haunted me; “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.” I needed a change in my life! Are you willing to admit the same?
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Seven Walks of Our New Self: Ephesians 4:17-24

Seven Walks of Our New Self: Ephesians 4:17-24
“17) So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18) being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19) and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20) But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21) if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22) that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23) and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24) and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭17‬-‭24‬
We have labored long with the concept of the new life we have “in Christ.” The New Testament calls this “Zoe life.” (John 10:10) A born-again and Spirit filled Christ is a new creation… we can therefore walk in “newness of life.” We are to no longer to walk as Gentiles or non-Christians walk. (See text above: Ephesians 4:17-19)
So what does our new walk look like? I believe there are seven primary aspects to our new walk or daily life “in Christ.” Let me briefly introduce them and invite you to put them on your daily radar screen. I could write a chapter on each of them and refer you to hundreds of Scriptures, but suffice for our purpose to get a panoramic view of the Christian walk.
Seven “Walks” of Our New Life “In Christ.”
#1: Walk in Freedom and not bondage: (Galatians 5:1; 13)
#2: Walk in Truth and not deception: (1 John 1:4)
#3: Walk by the spirit/Spirit and not the flesh: (Galatians 5:16-17)
#4: Walk by Faith and not sight: (2 Corinthians 5:7)
#5: Walk in Agape love and not hate: (1 John 4:20-21)
#6: Walk in Light and not darkness: (1 John 1:5-7)
#7: Walk in Life and not death: (Romans 8:2)
These seven area’s summarize the dynamics of our new life “in Christ.” God is the source of each of them and they grow and enlarge in our Christian life as we mature. If any one of them is ignored or left out, we will have impaired spiritual growth. When they come together, we begin to “walk in newness of life.” (See Romans 6:4 and Romans 7:6)
Invite the Holy Spirit to fill in your understanding of these seven area’s and help you grow in each of them. These seven area’s represent much of the breath and length and height and depth of your new Promised Land “In Christ.” (See Ephesians 3:17-18) They will be colored in significantly as you grow and spill into other area’s, but these represent the Big Seven.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Four Basic Levels of Revelation: Psalms‬ ‭25‬:‭4‬-‭5‬

Four Basic Levels of Revelation: Psalms‬ ‭25‬:‭4‬-‭5‬
“4) Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5) Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” Psalms‬ ‭25‬:‭4‬-‭5‬
David yearned to know God in His fulness. He wanted God to teach him His ways. He would have given everything to know the fulness of God that is ours in Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Yet his prayer is so relevant. It should be the yearning of every child of God.
I want to use his prayer as a launching pad for our ongoing discussion of how God speaks to people. Today we are going to look at this subject through the lens of what is called “revelation.” This word simply means “ways God reveals Himself and His will to mankind.” I believe there are four basic levels of revelation that God can use to speak to people. Let’s look at them briefly.
First, we have what is often called “General Revelation.” This is the witness of Creation, the heavens and things like God sending His sunshine and rain on the just and the unjust. (Romans 1:18-20, Psalm 19:1-6, Mathew 5:45) General Revelation proclaims that “God is” and that “He is powerful.” It is a witness that God gives to all people.
Second, there is what could be understood as “Special Revelation.” This relates to things like biological heritage, human conscience, unique life circumstances, personal blessings or trials and opportunities to hear the gospel. (Psalm 139:13-18, Romans 2:14-15, Acts 8:27-38, James 1:13-18, Romans 10:8-15) We all have a different life story, but God works through our unique circumstances to make Himself known to us.
Third, there is what is called “Biblical Revelation.” This refers to the complete, inerrant and infallible Word of God. The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind. (2 Timothy 3:16-4:5, 2 Peter 1:2-4, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Revelation 22:18-19) Cursed is anyone who adds to it, takes away from it or twists it’s meaning or message.
But then there is a final category that can be understood as “Spirit Revelation.” This is for born-again believers only. Jesus talked about it in John 14:16-18 and verse 26. He also mentioned it in John 16:7-15. This refers to the teaching, guiding and illumination ministry of the Holy Spirit available for believers.
Paul also talked about this revelation in Ephesians 1:17-19. The implication is that the renewed human spirit as a result of salvation can be tuned into the Holy Spirit for amazing communication and communion with God. Paul prayed that every new believer would be “given a spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of Christ.” What an amazing prayer. It might be the New Testament version of David’s prayer recorded in Psalm 25.
Paul further expounded on “Spirit Revelation” in 1 Corinthians 2:4-3:3. There is no limit to how deep this revelation can become for the Spirit filled man or woman in pursuit of God. (Vs 10) It encompasses the full scope of what we have been studying related to “Zoe life.”
Unfortunately, many if not most Christians remain in an infant state and are stuck in sinful and carnal bondage. They need spiritual milk because they would choke on biblical meat. (See 1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:11-14) They both grieve and quench the ministry of the Holy Spirit. (See Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19)
The goal of the Freedom Quest Workshop that I teach is to break every sinful bondage and set captives free. The goal of spirit/Spirit Quest is to help you move on and understand your new life in Christ and point you toward spiritual maturity, walking by the spirit/Spirit and discovering the power of God for life and ministry. I want to help you embrace “all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) I want to help you enter the Promised Land that is yours in Christ.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Does God Still Speak To People Today? Romans 8:14-17

Does God Still Speak To People Today? Romans 8:14-17
“14) For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15) For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16) The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17) and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭14‬-‭17‬
We now come to a very exciting subject. There is much debate about how God communicates with people today. Yet, the most common phrase in the Bible is something to the effect of; “Then the Lord spoke to _______, saying… “ (see Exodus 3-4, Acts 13:2)
Phrases like these were extremely common throughout the whole Old Testament as God spoke through His prophets. But according to Ephesians 2:11-22, we have much greater access to the Father today through the indwelling Holy Spirit than any time in biblical history since the fall.
Yet many believe and teach that God no longer speaks to people today, except through the Bible and a few very limited circumstances. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. The issue is not whether God is speaking today, the real problem is that people are not listening. They are dull of hearing. They have tuned God out!
The following is a condensed study of ways the Bible says God can and does speak to people. I have not experienced all of these, but many of them I have. They have increased in number and frequency as I have matured in my walk in the spirit/Spirit and have interacted with other Spirit filled and anointed members of the body of Christ around the world.
This study is broken into two parts. Both are important. Part One will look at “Ways God Can and Does Speak to People.” Part Two will look at “Ways to Test the Voice of God and Increase Your Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.” God wants us to live in truth and avoid deception.
This study may stretch you. Take time to read each point and study the accompanying Scriptures. (Many more Scriptures could be added to illustrate or undergird each point.) The goal of this study is merely to support the proposition that “God Still Speaks to People Today.” This study is intended to enhance your walk with God.
Part One: Ways God Can and Does Speak to People.
God can speak to us through the Bible. (John 8:31-32, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:2-4) God can speak directly to people. (Exodus 3:4-5, Acts 9:3-9) The most repeated phrase in the Bible is: “and God said!” God can speak through the witness of creation. (Psalm 19:1-6, Romans 1:18-23) God can speak from heaven with an audible voice. Examples include God speaking to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 22:11-12), from the mountain when the law was given (Exodus 19:18-25), at the Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:16-17), at the affirmation of Jesus (John 12:27-28), and on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:5). God can speak to nations through judgements, discipline and natural disasters. (Deuteronomy 28:15-68, 2 Chronicles 7:11-22) God can speak to individuals through times of personal discipline and trails. (Hebrews 12:7-13, 25) God can and does speak to people through the witness of human conscience. (Romans 2:14-16) God can speak to us through the lessons of human history. (Romans 1:18-23) God can speak to us through the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13, Ephesians 1:18, 1 John 2:27) God can speak to us through Scripture memorization and meditation. (Psalm 1:2-3, Psalm 119) God can speak to us through Spirit directed times of prayer and fasting. Prayer involves both speaking to God and listening to God. (Isaiah 58:5-12, Acts 13:1-4, Ephesians 6:18-20) God can speak to us through inspirational times of praise and worship. (Matthew 18:20, Ephesians 5:15-21) God can speak to us through listening to the whispers, witnesses and promptings of the Holy Spirit speaking directly to our spirit. (Romans 8:16, 1 Corinthians 2:10-13) God can speak to us through a spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of Christ. (Ephesians 1:17-18) God can speak to us through the sermons and teachings of pastors and elders. (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Timothy 4:6-16, 2 Timothy 1:14-14, 4:1-5) God can speak to people through signs and wonders as we preach the gospel and do his work. (Mathew 4:23, Matthew 10:7-8, Acts 2:43, Hebrews 2:4) God can speak to us through the utterance gifts of the Holy Spirit given to the body of Christ. (Acts 20:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11) God can speak to us through praying in the spirit and praying with our mind also; singing in the spirit and singing with our mind also. (1 Corinthians 14:14-15) God can speak to us through a prophecy or word of exhortation directed specifically toward us. (1 Timothy 1:18-19, 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12) God promises to give wisdom to those who ask. (James 1:5-8) God can speak to us through a word of wisdom or a word of knowledge spoken into our spirit by His Spirit. (Acts 20:36-37, 1 Corinthians 12:8) These gifts preclude that the spirit of man is alive, functioning and listening. God often speaks through illustrations, types, shadows and analogies that illustrate biblical truth. (See 2 Timothy 2:3-*7, Hebrews 8:5, Hebrews 10:1) God can teach us through the positive examples and stories of godly people. (Hebrews 11:4-40) God can teach us through our own mistakes and failures as well as those of others. (Book of Ecclesiastes, 1 Corinthians 10:5-11, Hebrews 12:9-13) God can speak to us through Divine circumstances. (Acts 8:25-38, Acts 16:6-10, 1 Corinthians 16:8-9) God can speak to us through dreams, visions and revelations by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 20:3, Matthew 2:12, Acts 10:1-48, Acts 16:6-10, 2 Corinthians 12:1-6, Revelation 1:9-10) God can speak to us through angelic messengers. (Matthew 1:20-21, Luke 1:26-37, Acts 8:26, Acts 27:23-24, Hebrews 13:2) God can and does speak through persecuted believers when they stand trial for their faith. (Matthew 10:16-20) God can speak to us by listening to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. (Revelation 2:11; 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22) God can speak to us by watching and paying attention to the signs of the times. (Matthew 16:2-3) God can speak and guide us through our spiritual leaders. (Ephesians 4:11-12, Hebrews 13:17) God can speak and guide us through the counsel of our parents, spouse or children. (Proverbs 1:8, Matthew 27:19, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, 1 Peter 3:1-7) God can speak to the lost through those sent to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-15) God can speak to us by watching where He is already at work and joining Him at that level. (Acts 10:44-48, Acts 11:15-18) God can speak to us through listening and learning from other mature and godly believers who are walking in consecration, the power of God, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 1:1-2, Hebrews 11:1-12:3) God speaks to us through evaluating the fruit, works and results coming from the teaching or instruction of others. (Matthew 7:17-20, James 3:13-18) God can give to his beloved even in his sleep. This may include finding lost items, mechanical designs, organizational structures, problem solving, engineering insights, and new inventions. (Exodus 35:30-35, Psalm 127:2) God can speak to us through civil authority. (Proverbs 21:1, Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17)
Part Two: Ways to test the voice of God and increase your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Start with the presupposition that God still speaks to people today and does miracles. (1 Corinthians 2:10-13; Hebrews 2:1-4; Hebrews 12:25-26) Compare everything to Scripture… God never speaks, leads or works contrary to His Word! (John 15:7: 2 Timothy 3:13-4:5) Measure everything by the character and nature of God… He does not speak or lead contrary to His truth, holiness and goodness. (James 1:13-18, James 3:13-18) Put off your old self, be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on your new self. Much of the subject of God speaking is based on the spirit of man being born-again, alive, functioning and walking in fellowship with God. (Ephesians 4:20-24, Colossians 3:1-11, 1 John 1:1-7) Read and study your Bible depending on the Holy Spirit as your teacher. When you do not understand something, pray for wisdom and illumination. (John 16:13-15, 1 John 2:27, 1 John 5:7) Recognize that the Holy Spirit can be grieved and quenched through sinful living and disobedience. We can silence His inner voice. (Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22) Filter out the other competing voices that scream for your attention. You must silence the voice of your flesh and emotions, the voice of Satan and the demonic realm, the voice of the world and its false wisdom and philosophies, the voice of false teachers, and the voice of others who are not in tune with God. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 2:1-4; Colossians 2:8) Test the spirit or spirits to make sure they are from God. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3, 1 John 4:1-3) Recognize that you can increase your sensitivity to the inner voice of God by obeying and acting on what He has already revealed to you! Step up and step out for God! (Matthew 7:24-27; Ephesians 4:14-16; James 1:21-25) Move beyond the milk of God‘s word and position yourself to receive the meat of God’s word through sanctification and intensional spiritual growth. (1 Corinthians 2:10-3:3; Hebrews 5:11-14) Trust God that if you seek a deeper understanding and relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, He will not mislead you. (Luke 11:10-13, Acts 1:4-8) Be teachable and willing to listen, learn and be corrected by other mature believers. (Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Timothy 1:2-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Why did I include this subject in our study of spirit/Spirit Quest? Because, the basic premise of our new life “in Christ” is that fellowship with God has been restored! The spirit of man is no longer dead. (Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 1:1-7) The born-again Christian can again function according to the creative design of body, soul and spirit and enjoy intimate communion with God. This study is intended to enhance your walk with God.
Fellowship with God precludes that God can and does communicate with His people today. (1 John 1:1-7) The whole concept of the inner man coming alive at the moment of salvation and being infused with new life is about communications and fellowship with God.
I am therefore baffled by the notion that God does not speak to His people much more today in this age of the indwelling Holy Spirit than at any time in human history since the fall of man. Ephesians 2:11-22 teaches that Jesus removed the walls of separation and gave us total access to the Father through His Spirit. There is no limit to the potential depth of intimate communion with God for the redeemed and Spirit filled man or woman.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Settling The Issue Of Ownership: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Settling The Issue Of Ownership: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“19) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20) For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬-‭20‬
When we embrace our new life “in Christ”, we return to the creative order of body, soul and spirit… with the human spirit being in charge. But our bodies are still important to God. On the one hand, we do not abuse our body. On the other hand, we do not worship our body either. We merely bring it into subjection to our revived spirit and ultimately to God.
We are called to crucify the flesh, but our body becomes the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells us. He is give as a seal of ownership. (See 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14)
Think about this, Adam and Eve were created in the image of God with body, soul and spirit, but they were not indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Wow! The born-again believer has a new life that is beyond their created order. We have the very Spirit of God dwelling within us.
Notice in 1 Corinthians 6:20, Paul stressed the point that “you have been bought with a price.” The theological term is “redeemed.” Jesus bought us or redeemed us with His own precious blood. (Read 1 Peter 1:17-19) He went to the cross to pay our sin debt. By doing so, He “redeemed us”, “bought us” or “purchased us.” We became His!
In the Old Testament, this was the picture of God redeeming Israel from slavery to Egypt. (See Isaiah 58:3-4, 62:12) It was also based on the Law of Redemption found in Leviticus 25:23-55. It is a meaningful picture of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
The important principle is that redemption transfers ownership. It was often pictured as purchasing an indentured servant or a slave. For the Christian, this means we no longer belong to Satan or ourselves, we belong to God. He redeemed us from our slavery to sin and Satan and at the same time took ownership of us. We became His!
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul applies this to our physical bodies. Because we were bought with a price, we should now dedicate our body to glorify and serve God. Notice his emphasis on our “body.”
Technically, this means Jesus Christ is now our owner, master or Lord. We belong to Him. Until you settle the issue of ownership or Lordship, you will struggle with both sin and purpose in your life.
Paul took this so literally that he often referred to himself as a “bond servant” of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1, Philippians 1:2, Titus 1:1) He used the Greek word “Doulos” to describe his relationship with Jesus Christ. It means; “one who is in a permanent relationship to another, his will altogether consume in the will of the other.” It was used of a servant or slave. He viewed Jesus Christ as his sovereign Lord and Master.
As believers, Jesus Christ has set us free from sin and bondage. He redeemed for His own possession. We still have free will, but ownership of our life was transferred from sin and Satan to Jesus Christ.
There are only two kingdoms in the Bible; the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. There is no kingdom called “self.” This is where people get deceived. Both non-Christians and Christians alike are fooled into thinking they reign over the “Kingdom of Self.” It doesn’t exist! “Self” is the capital of the domain of darkness! The temptation of the serpent to Eve was that she could become her own god and rule her own life. (Genesis 3:4-5)
Look at Colossians 1:12-14. After talking about being transferred from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son, verse 14 says; “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” There is that word “redemption.”
The question now becomes; “What kind of Master or Lord rules over the two opposing Kingdoms?” The contrast is shocking. We are not going to dive into it at this time, but Colossians 1:15-23 describes the Lord over the Kingdom of Light. He is not campaigning for office; Paul is merely rehearsing a small part of His resume.
I am eternally thankful that Jesus Christ is my Master and Lord! I have dedicated my body and life to love and serve Him. I have totally surrendered to Him. As a result, I no longer have many of the temptations and battles that used to wage war against my soul.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect… but I am no longer in bondage. Jesus Christ has set me free from the domain of darkness and I have fixed my eyes on loving, serving and worshipping Him with a clear conscience and a sincere faith. I have surrendered to Him as my Master and Lord. I no longer belong to myself. I have embraced the fact that I am a “doulos.” Jesus Christ has redeemed me and I am His “bond servant.”
This is His call for every born-again and Spirit filled believer. Ownership is a key concept of “Zoe Life!” (John 10:10) Who is Master of your life?
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global