This article has been curated from "Supernatural Culture: Living From Above" written by Frans Du Plessis. His words and experiences in the supernatural will both challenge and stir your faith for greater things.
WE MUST SEE THAT WE WERE MADE FOR THE SUPERNATURAL
After thirty-seven years in full-time ministry I am convinced more than ever that the best for the Church is yet to come. God’s best wine has always been saved for last (see John 2:9). The Church was born in the miraculous; the early Church lived in it and I believe we will finish in it. There are people who question the authenticity of miracles today or even the need and purpose for these acts of God’s grace towards men. If one were to remove the supernatural and the miraculous from the Old and New Testament writings, no one would even bother to read them. It would be like taking the sugar out of chocolate or the musical notes from a song. What is the use of a bell if it doesn’t ring?
Man is an eternal spirit being having an earthly experience. In Christ, man was spirit before he was formed in flesh and time. The truth is, Christ was before Adam. The last Adam, Christ, was before the first. Man stands between two worlds, or dimensions, and is the only being created to touch both the natural and the supernatural. As such, man needs to bring the supernatural into the natural—the invisible into visibility.
All natural things have their origin in the spirit. Man is the manifestation of God in the natural. The Kingdom of God is spiritual and supernatural and it rules the natural. When Paul and Silas were imprisoned, the earth began to shake. The prison doors swung open and all the prisoners’chains fell off. The natural could not rule the spiritual. There is a higher dimension than the three-dimensional and rational world we live in. This reality is above the reality and experience of our natural world. It is higher and supersedes it, but also includes the rational and physical realm. It is the realm of the Spirit of God.
WE MUST SEE THAT FAITH IS THE CONNECTING FACTOR
Faith opens the door and connects us to this realm. The Word of God and the Spirit of God govern this realm and dimension. Faith is the ability to see the unseen and make it visible. The origin of God’s Kingdom is not of this world; therefore, neither the science of this world nor the mind of man can understand or control it. The writer of Hebrews says that God “[upholds] all things by the word of his power”(Heb. 1:3 KJV). Jesus’prayer was: “Our Father…Your kingdom come…On earth as it is in heaven”(Mt. 6:9-10 NKJV). Paul puts it this way in 2 Co 4:18: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”(KJV). Through the following practical life stories I would like to create a hunger in your heart and in the heart of the Church of Jesus Christ to live in and from this spiritual realm.
In Galatians 5:25 Paul says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”(NKJV). It’s not walking in the Spirit that makes us spiritual. It’s because we are spiritual that we walk in the Spirit. This is how the first Church lived and walked. It was not only the apostles who manifested the supernatural power of God and His Kingdom, but also the elders, deacons and other believers. Jesus said: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me: but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him”(Jn. 10:37-38 NKJV). All the works of God are miracles to us, but to Him it is normal behavior. This is the way He operates and, I believe, He also wants us to live naturally supernatural.
WE MUST SEE THE SUPERNATURAL AS A NORMAL WAY OF LIFE
As Paul says to the Ephesians, God has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”(Eph. 2:6 NKJV). This is our position and this is our identity. The miraculous should not be such a big deal to us as sons of God. Rather, it should be our normal way of life, for we are not just common men. Let me repeat that. In Christ we are not just common man. We are not fleshly man but spiritual man. We carry the image of the heavenly Man, Christ Jesus: “As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly”(1 Cor. 15:48 NKJV). Furthermore, Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death”(NKJV).
Because you are a heavenly being in Christ, and because His Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death, you should never let your circumstances determine who you are. Not even your behavior determines who you are. Only God—His behavior and what He says about you—determines who you are.
And God says that you are the righteousness of God in Him. He says you are holy. He says you are His son and a partaker of His divine nature. He says you are an heir of God and a saint. We are in Him as He is in us. He is the Man from heaven, and that is also the image and identity we have, because we are part of the heavenly Man. First John 4:17b says: “As He is, so are we in this world”(NKJV). This “we”speaks of a corporate “we”. In the Greek this verse is in the present tense, which means this is not a future idealistic hope for someday when the Church grows up, but is a present reality for us.
WE MUST SEE OURSELVES AS QUALIFIED IN CHRIST
As He is so are we in this world. Not as He was, but as He is: the victorious, holy, sinless CHRIST. When John, on the island of Patmos, saw Him as He is, he fell like a dead man at his feet. This leaves us with a dilemma: A sinless, corporate victorious Christ in the earth cannot be made up of a multitude of individual “sinners in the flesh.”In the same way, many “individual wrongs”cannot constitute “a corporate right.”This sinless, corporate Christ can only exist if the individuals in the body are holy and sinless. Only then can the Corporate Christ be holy. Could it be that Christ looks at us differently than we look at ourselves, that He calls us by nature and not by our behavior, that He calls us holy and sinless and believes that our actions will eventually line up with who we already are? And who are we? We are people whom Christ has made completely new.
As Paul expresses it: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”(2 Cor. 5:17 NKJV). Notice the verb tenses in this verse. Present tense: “he is a new creation”; past tense: “old things have passed away…all things have become new.” These tenses represent current and completed action. We should not let our environment determine who we are. We are not what we do. We are who we are! We are what Christ has already made us. The miraculous is not a reward for doing right things. This would take us back under the law of performance and reward or failure and punishment.
Miracles are our life in Christ. It’s who we are.
Read more by Frans Du Plessis in "Supernatural Culture: Living from Above." His experiences in the supernatural will both stir and challenge your faith to believe for greater things.