Sunday, August 25, 2013
Open the Portal
I love Marvel's The Avengers! It is one of my favorite movies; I could watch it over and over again. In the opening, the Tesseract is activated and opens a portal to earth so that Loki, the brother of Thor, and an army of space invaders can come and conquer earth. When the portal opens, The Hawk asks Inspector Fury, if the Tesseract opened a portal to earth, wouldn't it make sense that there was another door on the other side? No sooner had Hawk spoken than Loki appeared through the portal...so the answer to his question was, yes! So what does this have to do with anything you ask? Well, a lot actually for those of us who are believers. When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of Heaven would come He replied “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21 (NKJV) How on earth is the Kingdom of God within us? We find the answer to that question in the Gospel of John chapter 14, when Jesus made a promise to His disciples that though the world would not see Him, they would see Him because He would be with them and not only He, but the Father as well, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." (v 23 NKJV) Those of us who love Jesus have Him and the Father living inside of us in the person of the Holy Spirit. We find this promise from Jesus also in The Gospel of John Chapter 14, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (V. 16-18 NKJV) When the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, He brings the Kingdom of Heaven to us! The Holy Spirit is our Tesseract so to speak. You see, when we tap into the Kingdom of Heaven it is not just for us, it is for those around us as well. The portal is opened so that we can access heaven at anytime and when we access heaven we can then share that power with others. Following Pentecost, the disciples were in constant contact with the Kingdom of Heaven; wherever they went peoples' lives were changed to such a degree that when they came to Thessalonica, the people complained to the rulers, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." Acts 17:6 (NKJV) In the movie, The Avengers, the Tesseract was believed to be a source of unlimited power; therefore everyone wanted to control it. For believers, the Holy Spirit is our source of unlimited power. The Apostle Paul said that we have within us the same power that raised Jesus from the dead; and Jesus, when he arose declared that all power in heaven and on earth was given into His hands. We have Jesus, with all this power living on the inside of us in the person of the Holy Spirit. When Loki used the Tesseract to open a portal between earth and other worlds, the people of earth were exposed to power they'd not witnessed before. When we who are in the body of Christ open the portal that we received when the Holy Spirit came to live within us, we will again expose the world to a power it has not seen since the Apostles ministered as it is recorded in the Book of the Acts. You see, the door that allows us access to heaven has never closed; but the door that allows the world to experience heaven has been shut up by far too many believers for far too long! If you have received Christ as your Savior then the Holy Spirit has come to live within you, so go ahead dearly loved ones use your spiritual tesseract, the Holy Spirit, to open the portal that can again turn the world upside down!