Principle 4: Don’t be fooled by the “Now and the Not Yet”
“You know what – this should be happening – we need to press in and keep on pressing in because we are not getting what Jesus paid for. I don’t want us as a church to accept this as the standard – there is more and we need to push into it.”
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father”
- Healed everybody who came to him
- Raised the dead
- Turned water into wine
- Walked on water
- Commanded the storms (natural elements)
- Physically levitated into the sky until the clouds obscured him
- Translocation (ok – that was Philip, but it was pretty cool!)
- And much, much more!
According to John 14:12 these works apparently should be the norm for whoever “believes” in Jesus, because “believers in Jesus” “will” do the same works as Jesus. Correction – they will do “greater” works than Jesus!
“The Now and Not Yet” is a frame work for understanding that there are limits on what we can expect of the fulness of the kingdom in this era until Jesus comes again, but that doesn’t of itself tell us what our legitimate expectations within this framework should be. It isn’t in itself a standard of expectation.
John 14:12 is the standard.
And frankly, until I am walking on water and flying to church, that will do me!
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