2 Kings 2:14,
“And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of E-li-jah? And when he also had smitten the water, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”
This is the story of where Elisha stood by River Jordan, and with the mantle of Elijah he smote the river and asked “Where is the God of Elijah?” God answered him and said “Here I am my son, by your side.”
In John 14:16-18, we see a comparison between us and our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Elijah had a mantle which he handed over to Elisha and it was a visible mantle. The Lord Jesus Christ told us that our own mantle which we are going to collect from him is an invisible one but is more powerful and more enduring because it is the Holy Spirit. He said that we will get the Holy Spirit after he has gone; just as Elisha got the mantle after Elijah left.
In 2 Kings 2:15, when the mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha, it transferred the spirit of Elijah unto Elisha.
In Acts 1:8, when the Holy Ghost falls on us, it is the Spirit of Christ that falls on us which means we now have our mantle in the form of the Holy Spirit. You will discover that Jordan parted for Elisha because the mantle of Elijah was with him.
“As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
In 1 Kings 17: 1, you discover that Elijah had the fantastic power that he had because God was with him. He said:
“As the Lord God liveth before whom I stand, there shall be no rain, nor dew until I call for it:”
The basis of the power of Elijah was that God was with him. Now the power of Elisha was directly proportional to that of Elijah. As a matter of fact in 2 Kings 2: 9, Elisha asked for a double portion of the spirit of Elijah. In other words, the power of Elisha doubled that of Elijah.
The power of Elijah was because God was with Elijah. In Acts 10:38, we discover that our Lord Jesus Christ was with power because God was with Him. This verse says: “How God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power who went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.”
The source of the power of our Lord Jesus Christ was because God was with Him. Jesus is our own Elijah, it follows then that our own power is also directly proportional to that of Christ Jesus who is our leader and brother because Jesus is the first born of our Father. He is the Head of a supernatural generation. This is clearly stated in Colossians 1:15-18. The same Spirit that indwelled him also indwells us. He said himself that the works that he did we also will do. He even went further to say ‘greater works than those He did shall we do’, just as Elisha did greater works than those of Elijah.
You will notice in 1 Kings 18:40-46, Elijah defeated the devil on Mount Carmel and after that, he called for the showers of blessing, which a period of draught to flood. Our own Elijah, Jesus Christ in Matthew 4:1-11 defeated the devil in the wilderness. Almost immediately after that, he was invited to a wedding in Galilee in John 2:1-11. There he brought in joy, relief, abundance, by changing water to wine. He changed the emptiness of the people to fulfillment. He changed the shame of the people to glory; their defeat to victory.
What Elijah did was what Elisha continued. Likewise we are also to continue what the Lord Jesus Christ, ‘Our Elijah’ did on earth. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are to change sorrow to joy, defeat to victory by bringing people to Jesus Christ. We are to turn their emptiness to fulfillment, we are to bring them into a period of abundance and relief but this can be done not by power, nor by might but only by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our own mantle. We must ask God to drop His mantle afresh upon us.
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