Reaching Your Potential

Rise, take up thy bed, and walkJohn 5:1-15

They never should have invented concordances. I have an online concordance and a thing in print called “The Strongest Strong’s.” I use these tools as I study hoping for some deeper insight into the scripture. Better to rely on the Spirit I know, but at times, I feel I learn some things this way.

The word for infirmed (impotent KJV) in verse 5 is Astheneo (Strong’s #770) This word is used to describe people who are physically weak or feeble, poor financially, or deficient in character.

Let me restate this story in John 5 as I believe the Spirit would have me apply it to my life. This man is a loser. Sure he has suffered physically most of his life, but he has given up and learned to live with his infirmity.

He knows how he could be healed. He knows what he needs to do, but he believes it is beyond his ability. People are always getting the blessing ahead of him. People who aren’t even as sick as he is. People are getting cured who haven’t suffered for as long as he has. And no one cares enough to help him.

So Jesus comes by and says to him, “Do you want to be well?” Or maybe Jesus says, “Do you want to be well?”

Without thinking, the man goes into his story. No one will help him….etc, etc. Friends and familar don’t care about him. Then Jesus says to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk.”

Strange. Didn’t Jesus know how long this man had been ill? Didn’t Jesus know how weak this man was?

But the man must have sensed something about Jesus — an air of authority he had not known in the priests or physicians. He felt that Jesus had looked down into his soul and saw that he had lost all hope of a cure long ago. Maybe Jesus knew that the root of his problem was really the fear of failure. His past experience had shown how futile his best efforts to help himself were. He no longer even tried.

But he sensed in his spirit, the power of the life that was in the words Jesus spoke. There was no perceivable increase in the strength of his legs, but in his spirit he felt a surge of power.

The words of Jesus are Spirit and Life. The power that will raise the dead on the last day is available to give life to the dead in spirit today.

Have you found that your best efforts to help yourself have failed? Have you lost hope? Are you resigned to whatever the infirmity you are suffering from?

Jesus says, “Arise, take up your bed and walk.” It is his strength which can fill you and raise you up.

 

We have eternal life

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)

The King James says,  “also he hath set the world in their heart.”  The word translated world is owlam (Strong’s Hebrew 5759). In Hebrew, owlam signifies a far distance: and example being the distance to the horizon.  If I set out on a journey to reach the horizon, I will travel for days, months, years, a lifetime, but I will  never reach it. It will always be further out, beyond my reach.

Sunset at Myrtle Beach SC

Sunset at Myrtle Beach SC

God has placed this longing to reach  owlam, eternity, distant horizons, the end times, the Omega Point, the Convergence, Utopia, Paradise, The great awakening,  Cosmic Consciousness, Nirvana, the Age of Aquarius, The New Jerusalem, Heaven – or as the Vulcan’s say, Sha-Ka-Ree – within each of us.

Romans 2:6,7
6 [GOD] Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Two terms: Immortality, and eternal life

The Greek word translated immortality is Strong’s 861, arphtharsia meaning imperishableness, immortality, incorruption. 1 Corinthians 15 speaks of the resurrected, immortal,  spiritual,  incorruptible body.

Immortality is a future event for us. We will all have to die first before we get our spiritual bodies. But we who are believers in Jesus have eternal life right here, right now. We don’t have to wait for death or a rapture event to have the life of God in us. We have it now.

John 6:47:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

There are 5 components of the Eternal Life:

  1. Knowing that our sins are forgiven.
  2. Walking in holiness, the character of God
  3. Knowledge that our prayers are answered.
  4. Fellowship with God and our brothers and sisters.
  5. Shalom, the peace of God.

If we can but grasp this treasure we have in jars of clay, we will live this life on Earth as victorious, triumphant,  conquering, vanquishing, productive, and fruitful witnesses for Christ.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)

The King James says “also he hath set the world in their heart” the word world is owlam. (Strong’s Hebrew 5759). the Hebrew world means a far distance as in from where I am to the horizon. I set out for the horizon, but I never reach it. God has placed this longing to reach owlam, the horizon, the end times, the Omega Point, the Convergence, Utopia, Paradise, The great awakening, Cosmic Consciousness, Nirvana, The Age of Aquarius, The New Jerusalem, Heaven. Or as the Vulcan’s say, Sha-Ka-Ree.

6 [GOD] Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Two terms: Immortality, and eternal life

Immortality: Strong’s 861, arphtharsia meaning imperishableness, immortality, incorruption.

1 Corinthians 15 speaks of the resurrected body, immortality, spiritual body. An incorruptible body

We now have everlasting life. We believe on Jesus.

John 6:47:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

5 components of the Eternal Life

  1. Knowing that our sins are forgiven.

  2. Walking in holiness, the character of God

  3. Knowledge that our prayers are answered.

  4. Fellowship with God and our brothers and sisters.

  5. Shalom, the peace of God.