“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” (Rom.8:19)
The world is seeking something they not aware of, something they do not know – nevertheless, they are seeking for a difference, a change and a hope. In the other hand, the Bible let’s us know exactly what they searching for: ‘a people who will manifest the power of God’ – a peculiar people! Yes! They seeking for you and me – the expressed image of God! The only way the world will get to know God is through God’s children. Think of how you got to know about God – it was through people preaching the Word of God. However, God is leading the church into the last phase of His divine plan for the world and He wants to use you to show the world He is the eternal King and Savior.
I want us to take a look at some of the Bible’s characters who manifest God unto the people of their times and learn from them…
1) Elijah’s ascension
Elijah was a prophet with a difference. He operated in an anointing other prophets wasn’t familiar with. Kings came to Elijah, rulers of diverse kingdoms and beliefs came unto him seeking divine intervention. God touched so many people through Elijah, although many hated him. Even armies came up against him, but he was not afraid, because he had a special relationship with God.
We see this when the Bible tells us that Elijah was no more (2 Kings 2:11). He didn’t die, but was translated into the spiritual realm to be with God. Meaning that his physical body ascended into Heaven, and at this, his body was glorified and changed into a spiritual body (2 Kings 2). How awesome that must be – his body was not found, because it was translated to spirit; and the men nearby couldn’t see him no more. Elisha, the close follower and successor of Elijah was witness to this. Elisha could see what the others could not see, because at times, Elijah would just vanish from one place and reappear at another. He had such a high level of anointing on him, that through the working of God, Elijah could be translated through vast country sides and deserts with out traveling like the rest of the people.
We read of this divine transportation in the New Testament as well, in Acts 8:26-31; “As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage. Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.”
Take not, the eunuch was traveling on a carriage pulled by horses and Phillip was on foot, yet Phillip was traveling so fast on foot that he managed to catch up with the eunuch who was traveling before him in the same direction. How else could this be, but by the Spirit of God. He was quickened by the Spirit of God.
2) Elisha’s ministry
Elisha was Elijah’s successor; and there is more miraculous signs recorded which Elisha done than what there is of Elijah. When we study the story of Elisha, we see that he chased after Elijah as a young man. He knew that Elijah carried an unusual anointing and he wanted to learn whatever he could, knowing that Elijha wouldn’t be with him forever.
Elisha went on after Elijah was taken by God to do mighty works, and all the prophets had great respect for him. He also received a double portion of the anointing that was on Elijah. However, Elisha healed many sick, but yet he died of a sickness which he didn’t know how to be cured from himself (2 Kings 13:14). He was so anointed, but it seems that the anointing didn’t work for him. Although, this is the one thing he never learned from Elijah, because Elijah’s faith was so great that he never got sick. Only if Elisha knew how to use his faith for his own healing as he did for others.
Nevertheless, years after Elisha passed on, something amazing happened. In 2 Kings 13:20-21, some men were about to bury a man when they spotted some raiders. Hastily, they tossed the corpse into the sepulcher that contained the remains of Elisha. As soon as the dead body came in contact with Elisha’s bones, the dead man came back to life (2 Kings 13:21). This happened long after Elisha was dead; his bones retained the anointing!
Though Elisha died sick, God’s power in him didn’t fail. We can conclude that it was Elisha that didn’t apply that power to his health. You’re supposed to apply the same authority Jesus gave you to heal the sick in your personal life. Christ the Healer lives in you; acknowledge this reality, and function with this consciousness every day. When you do, everything that’s not of God: sickness, poverty, death, lack, failure, depression, etc., will have no hold over you.
This is the manifestation the world is awaiting. The world is seeking a people who is different – a peculiar people – and you are that person. Unlike Elisha, we need to know, that same anointing resides in us today; we just need to come to that knowledge and then apply it.
3) Joshua’s leadership:
Joshua, being the successor of Moses, was greatly respected by the people of Israel. He showed forth great leadership skills, but with a difference. The difference was the type of connection he had with God. He trusted God so much that he didn’t need to question God on anything. It didn’t matter how ridiculous some of the things sounded which God instructed him to do, he just went on and done it.
In taking possession of Jericho, God told Joshua to assemble the priest and the people, walk around the city walls once a day; and on the 7th day they are to walk 7 times around the walls. On the last walk, they must all come to a stand and shout together, blasting the horns – and the city will be their possession. Joshua understood that they not going to need to fight the giants of Jericho, but he didn’t know how it will be conquered, accept that God will do the work. He just done as God instructed him to do; and the city was theirs.
4) Jesus – what manner of man is this:
Jesus is the greatest example of all. Although He is God, He entered this world as a mere man. A man with a difference! Jesus was the first to carry the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit and the full measure of anointing which the Holy Spirit produces even in our lives today.
Jesus performed many miracles: healing the sick, opening blind eyes and ears, casting out demons, turning water into wine, walked on water, etc… Even the disciples who knew Him said; ‘What manner of man is this…’ (Matt.8:27), after waking Jesus up and He calmed the boisterous waves and winds by word. Going to the ultimate display of the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was raised from the dead, spend another 40 days walking the earth and then in front of everyone, He was translated into Heaven on a cloud.
But God says this about His children: ‘As He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17). What manner of men are we?
The manifestation of the sons of God as seen in the New Testament in Romans 8:19 is God’s children who is the outward expressed image and likeness of God to the world; through living a life which overflows with the love of God and imparting unto others to affect change. Like Jesus and the disciples, going about healing the sick, casting out demons and performing miracles, so too God wants us to manifest His glory unto the world. The question is: ‘Do you know what is the extent of this POWER?’ – ‘As He is so are you in this world.’
Jesus was the expressed image of God; and so are you today – start expressing God unto your world!