THE DISCIPLE AS A CREATOR
The offspring of a dog is a dog. Also, the offspring of a goat is a goat. There is no way the son of a snake will be a bird. It therefore follows that the son of a Creator is a Creator. The Lord Jesus Christ said to Paul on the road to Damascus that He and His disciples are one. In Acts 9:1-5. He said:
“And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and there shined round about him a light from Heaven; And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
“And he said, who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”
‘ME’ here is referring to His Disciples. This means that the disciples and the Master are one.
DISCIPLES HAVE DIVINE NATURE
The disciples have the same nature with the Divine One. 2 Peter 1: 3-4 says that we are partakers of the divine nature. In John 1:4 talking about Jesus, the Bible says: ‘In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.’ The divine nature is life, and we as disciples being one with Him have the divine nature because we have the same life as Jesus Christ.
In John 8:12, Jesus said: “…, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
In other words, the divine nature is light.
In Matthew 5: 14 Jesus told the disciples that;
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”
That is to say that Jesus and his disciples are one, and both possess the divine nature. The disciples of Christ have the nature of light. As soon as you have the nature of God, then creative ability follows.
In Genesis 1: 3, 6, 11 you discover that the first thing God said was ‘Let there be light’ God first created light before creating any other thing. The divine nature which is light must first be in you before you can stand as the son of the creator of all things in creation. The power to create is already in everyone that is born again because once you are born again and a disciple, the nature of Christ is in you, and according to Ephesians 3: 20, the Bible says God can do exceedingly above that which we can ask or think according to the power that works in us.
The Power that God will use to do great and mighty things is already embedded in us. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have the power to create.
HOW DO WE CREATE?
Hebrews 11:3 makes it clear that everything that was created was created by the spoken word. God spoke and it was so! If your words begin to move the same way the word of God moves, then you are on the way to creation. As a disciple, as soon as you were born again, you discovered that your language changed. Negative exclamation like ‘Oh my oh my’ now changed to ‘Glory to God’. Immediately you become born again, one of the first things that will be affected is your language – the words of your mouth. Everything now becomes new as the Bible says in 2Corinthians 5:17.
WHY MUST A DISCIPLE BE A CREATOR?
The Almighty is a wise leader. Corinthians 3:7-9 says that our Father works by delegation of duties. For example in the Garden of Eden after God had created all things, he called on Adam it is time for you too to do some work. All the animals will be named by you’. God could have named the animals by Himself but He chose to delegate duties to His people.
In John 15:1-5, Jesus said that He is the Vine and His Father is the husbandman and we the disciples are the branches. This infers that we, the branches, also must be creators, because the vine carries the branches and the Husbandman keeps the vine but it is the branches that bear the fruit. In other words, God distributes work. Jesus Christ will carry us, we are to bear fruits and God the Father backs up His Son.
In 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, we discover that we already have the things needed for creation (power and wisdom). We have because Jesus Christ is the power and wisdom of God. He is the power of God to bring to pass what God wants done, and the wisdom of God to make sure that what is created is the right thing.
Wisdom plays a very important role in creation. The fact that God is in power does not mean we can do just about anything, we need wisdom to know what exactly to create. Creating a four-headed cow will be senseless when you could get four cows each with a separate head.
When you create, it must be with wisdom and backed with power. Both wisdom and power have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:13 says;
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
When you are creating something, for example, in building a house, the first thing is that there must be a desire for something pleasant within you. Also there must be a plan. This also comes from within. Strong determination to carry out the plan is also needed and it comes from within. The power to back the will up also comes from within. The Bible now says that it is God who works within us to do all these things.
Ephesians 3:16 says, the spirit of the Almighty God in us strengthens us. This is where the ability to do a thing comes from. All the things needed to create are given to us in Colossians 1: 9-11,
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”
Whenever you want to do something, you need knowledge. For example, you need to know the type of foundation to construct for a storey building or a bungalow depending on the choice of house you want to build. You must also know the strength of the materials to be used.
You also have need of wisdom to wisely use the materials you have appropriately. For example, you need to know the correct measure and ratio of sand and cement to make concrete for the building.
You also need to understand how the materials work together to give the desired result
You must have the strength to carry out the plan.
Patience is needed until the final result is achieved. The foundation cannot be rushed. It must be solidified before anything can be built on it.
Whatever it will take, you must keep on and not quit until the final result is achieved.
You should rejoice in the Lord always. His joy must be your strenght.
All these things and more have been given unto us. In Colossians 1: 9-11, the bible says,
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”
In addition to knowledge, wisdom and understanding, you must also increase in good works.
Verse 11 says that: “…You will be Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”
These are the things you need to create; knowledge, wisdom, understanding, strength, patience, longsuffering, joyfulness.
These are all available to the disciples.
Whatever it is that you are going to create, it must be done with joy so that you can do it to the end.
Psalms 100: 2 says;
“serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.”
That is what you need to do as a disciple.
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