The Fine Print

It is not unusual in legally binding contracts to find some “fine print.”  Fine print, in these type of documents, is information that the producer of the document would just as soon you not take notice of, but it usually information that absolves him of much of the responsibility that you would assume to be his.

God doesn’t have any fine print in His word, but there are many teachings that can very easily be overlooked.  In Matthew 4:1-11, there is the account of Satan tempting Jesus.  We, who have a working knowledge of the Bible, understand that these three examples are representative of every temptation we ever face.  All temptation, and every transgression, comes under the categories of either the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life.  But, when you look closely, you see in verse 4, the devil said, “…command that these stones become bread.”  Now, notice, he didn’t say, “turn these stones into bread,” but rather, “command that these stones become bread.”  That means that Jesus is able to speak to inanimate objects, and they have to obey Him.  Why is this true?  Is it because He is the Son of God?  He is the Son of God, but He did everything He did, on this earth, as the Son of Man.  In other words, He depended on the Father, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the word of God just like you and I have to do.  How powerful is speaking the word of God in the anointing of the Spirit of God?  It is fig tree withering powerful, it is stones becoming bread powerful!

We, who love the Lord, do not have much difficulty quickly agreeing that Jesus operated under the anointing of God, and that He spoke the word of God with all authority, but there’s something of vast importance that we can easily miss:  Jesus gave us that authority!   He said, “As the Father has sent Me, evenso, send I you!

How far beneath our privileges most Christians live!  Peter and John took that authority, given by Jesus, and said to a crippled man, “…such as I have I give you; in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk!”  All too often, Christians are like the man who died, after living in abject poverty, and it was later discovered that he had hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed away.

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