Love has teeth. It has to. Fear battles for our lives on the grey matter called our mind. In order to overcome, love has to have teeth, power, authority. Real help in our darkest hours of need. Love fights for our safety. God is love. Yet we can’t see the spiritual fight that goes on around us. How can we fight, if we don’t know how, or where it is going on?
First, what does Love fight?
Fear, torment caused by fear, worry, doubts, intimidation, bullying, threats against our lives, despair, depression, loneliness, pain, viruses, disease, sickness, a cough that won’t go away, high blood pressure, wrong doctrine, error, every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Need I go on?
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7
What does this mean? “The measure of the gift?” Did God come along and measure out a fourth of a cup of some gift we don’t know about and give it to us? What is the gift of Christ? As in most verses the understanding comes in the context. Let’s look above this verse and discover the meaning of the measure of the gift of Christ.
“[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all, But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” vs. 4-7
What did we get as a gift?
This is the salvation bundle. It’s a process of believing the right faith, that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Once we believe we receive the grace according to the measure of the gift. The gift is this bundle of Holy Spirit God poured out on mankind on the day of pentecost.
“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. vs. 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (pnuema hagion).” Acts 2: 33 & 38
When we believed Romans 10:9-10, received the same measure of the gift of holy spirit. Some people know what the whole measure looks like. Paul did, Jesus did. They saw the whole picture when it comes to this amazing gift. Some believers only use a small portion of the measure, but we could not be “throughly furnished unto all good works” in this life if God hadn’t given it some awesome weaponry for the fight. Weaponry the devil, as your enemy, doesn’t want you to know. Because this gift is what led captivity captive.
“Wherefore he saith (Who saith? The last noun is Christ so Christ saith), When he (Christ) ascended up on high, he led captivity (all that holds us captive, he led it) captive, and gave gifts unto men.” Ephesians 4:8
For thousands of years the world struggled in darkness after Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden, because God’s people no longer had the authority to keep things in check. They (the Old Testament believers and the human race prior to Jesus Christ) lived under the tyranny of Satan with no weaponry or authority to fight back. They had to do works in order to earn their redemption. Few achieved it because it was no easy task. But Jesus Christ was victorious over the devil and earned our redemption and authority back in this world. He was the light! He led all that captivates us captive under his authority given by God himself! The devil doesn’t have a chance! Unless he hides this truth from you. The little believer, who doesn’t know what the measure of your own gift is, cowers defenseless against him. The devil blinds men’s eyes so we can’t see or use the weaponry God gave us. That act of “blinding” is called doctrinal error. The less you know about your power the better for the devil your enemy.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” Hosea 4:6
This is and always has been the plague of humanity. We can’t see spirit. But God gave us knowledge inside that measure of Christ, with one Spirit.
“But the manifestation (the act of bringing out into the senses world so we can see it) of the Spirit is given to every man to profit
withal (all). For to one is given (information) by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another (one is given information by) the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;” 1 Corinthians 12:7-8
Do you see how God armed us with weaponry to fight the blindness and the lack of knowledge that plagues mankind. Do you see? He gave us Spirit that gives us direct access to the Father who then imparts information via the measure of the Spirit inside each one of us through word of wisdom (what’s going on) and word of knowledge (what to do about it).
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18
We are armed with dangerous levels of God’s love, His wisdom and His power. We use this measure, this access to get help from God. The enemy doesn’t stand a chance! He has already been led captive, his only hope is to keep you wandering around in the darkness of the lack of knowledge.
How does he do that?
He keeps you afraid, he bullies and he intimidates you with peer pressure or worse.
Personally, if I had a bank account (a measure) with 50 million dollars in it (gift of Holy Spirit) I’d be mad if someone hid that fact from me. Wouldn’t you?
God bless you today!