In 1967 I had an encounter with the Lord that changed my life forever. I received Him as Saviour as I was lying in a hospital bed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, after a terrible motor accident that almost killed me, resulting in 14 months of hospitalisation.
Later, I received some 'revelation knowledge' that I’m still endeavouring to communicate to people today.
This knowledge didn’t come through the normal channels of study and education; the Spirit of God supernaturally imparted it into me when I came heart to heart with the Lord, I just knew some things about Him intuitively. One of those revelations has become a mainstay for what the Lord has accomplished in my life and ministry, and it’s one of the most important and foundational truths of the Gospel.
We are what God says we are, we have what God says we have, and we can do what God says we can do - when we know who we are in Christ.
It’s the knowledge that God has already done His part, all He is going to do He has already done at Calvary in Christ.
When Jesus cried out in John 19:30 “It is finished!” He meant just that; His work on earth was done. The atonement was complete. The Old Covenant was completed and He had provided everything we could ever need. We aren’t waiting on Him to give; He is waiting on us to receive.
The book of Ephesians is written from the perspective of everything already being ours in Christ.
Look in Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Did you catch that the above scripture is past tense? The father has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Any blessing we could ever need or desire from the Lord is not something to strive for, but something we already have in Christ, we just have to take it by faith. God made the provision in His Word BEFORE WE HAD THE NEED.
It is now just a simple matter of receiving from Him what God has already done. The benefit of understanding and being assured of this is so beneficial to our daily walk. It defeats legalism and the performance mentality of religion, which takes a huge load off of us, again, in Christ. Jesus took the load of us and carries it for us in exchange for His peace.
How could we ever doubt that God will give us something if He’s already done it and paid the great price for it?
When Elizabeth and I first pastored our first little church in Greensborough back in the mid 70’s; I didn’t even have much Bible knowledge. I knew some things but not a lot, I simply taught what I had proved in our lives and then I found out that other people had had the same revelation in different parts of the world.
So here in 2020 we finally need to learn to live by revelation knowledge, not by what our five senses tell us.
Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org