The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18-19 (fulfilling Isaiah 61:1-2a)
Together with Jesus, and in His name, I declare unto you:
…This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke 4:21
Now before any Pharisees out there want to throw me off a cliff, let me explain.
Just as the Father had anointed Jesus to do all of these things, so has He today anointed you and me, as believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, and baptized in the Holy Spirit, to do the same. Let me prove it to you from scripture.
Acts tells us that God had anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and with power:
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38
Jesus did not come to earth in the form of the Son of God. He came in the form of a human baby. Even though He was the Son of God, He constantly referred to Himself as the Son of man, limiting Himself to walk as a mortal man on the earth. He willfully and purposefully laid aside His glory as well as His godly powers to take on our human frailty and He walked like one of us. In this He became our brother well acquainted with our weaknesses and temptations so that He would be a merciful and faithful high priest to be able to redeem us. He became our perfect example for us to walk like Him.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2:14
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:16-17
As a human being growing up, He was filled with the Holy Spirit but He performed no miracles until after He was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the age of 30. This occurred right after His water baptism by John the Baptist and when He received the power to perform the works which He did. His first work was changing water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. He received the same Holy Spirit that we receive when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that the word says also dwells in us and quickens our mortal bodies.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11
So it is the same Holy Spirit by which Jesus performed all of His works, that at Pentecost fell on the disciples and with which Jesus baptized them and by which they did their mighty works. It is the same Holy Spirit which today is given to us as believers to also do the same works that Jesus did. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, the disciples were anointed with the Holy Spirit and today we as believers are anointed with the same Holy Spirit.
The word anointed of Luke 4:18 and Acts 10:38 is the Greek word “chrio” which Strong’s describes as follows:
g5548. χρίω chriō; probably akin to 5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service: — anoint.
AV (5) – anoint 5;
- to anoint
- Consecrating Jesus to the Messianic office, and furnishing him with the necessary powers for its administration
- Enduing Christians with the gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are the “charisma” of the Spirit. Charisma is literally translated “grace effects” which are given to all believers who are baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is not the Greek word “doma” which a special gift as in a present. These are the grace effects of having the baptism of the Holy Spirit with which all true believers are anointed once they receive it. This is the same word from which the word Christ, meaning the Anointed of God, is derived and which is also used in the following verse:
Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ [the Anointed], and hath anointed us, is God; 2 Corinthians 1:21
Another word that comes from this word is “chrisma” and is found in these verses:
But ye have an unction (chrisma) from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20
But the anointing (chrisma) which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John 2:27
As you see in this last verse, the anointing we have received, abides in us. It does not change or diminish or wane. It does not come and go. It remains forever. As such we never need to pray for more anointing for ourselves or any other true believer because we already are anointed. What we need to pray for and continuously seek is new filings of the Holy Spirit through Whom we are endued with these grace effects. Does this make sense to you? It is the same anointing that Jesus and the disciples walked in.
As such, we can now personalize Acts 10:38 to apply to us as His disciples: “How God anointed us with the Holy Ghost and with power: who go about doing good, and healing all that are oppressed of the devil; for God is with us.”
Now, do you dare to personalize it to you? Let’s try and see how it sounds. Repeat this after me if you dare: “How God anointed me with the Holy Ghost and with power: who goes about doing good, and heals all that are oppressed of the devil; for God is with me.”
How about turning this into a prayer? Shall we try: “How You, Father, have anointed me with the Holy Ghost and with power: I go about doing good, and heal all that are oppressed of the devil; for You are with me.”
How does that feel? Is it starting to feel personal? Does it feel good or is it still a bit scary? By the way, you can personalize just about any scripture in this very way to make it a declaration affirming your faith or even turn scripture into a prayer affirming your faith to Father.
Let’s continue… This is further confirmed by:
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
So here is the question. If we have been given the same anointing with the same Holy Spirit that Jesus had and that the disciples had, then we should be able to do the same works that they did, right?
The disciples’ prayer after being arrested by the priests and the Sadducees and made accountable to the Sanhedrin for preaching to the people after helping the lame man by the temple gate called Beautiful, was not for ability to do miracles but for boldness or courage and confidence of you will.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. Acts 4:29-30
Notice that they prayed to be given boldness to speak His word. The power to heal and perform signs and wonders they already had because they had just healed the lame man in chapter 3 the day prior. The Young’s Literal Translation says it better:
`And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and grant to Thy servants with all freedom to speak Thy word, in the stretching forth of Thy hand, for healing, and signs, and wonders, to come to pass through the name of Thy holy child Jesus.’ Acts 4:29-30 YLT
Well, their prayers were answered immediately.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31
The filling of the Holy Spirit gave them the boldness they needed to freely go out and preach the word confirming it with miracles in the face of the threats they received.
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace [charis] was upon them all. Acts 4:33
Here is my next question, how bold would you be if you could do the same thing Peter and John did by commanding a lame man to be healed in Jesus name and pulling him up and making him walk again? How bold would you be if you knew beyond a shadow of doubt, that when you laid hands on someone and prayed for them, that they would instantly be healed of whatever pain or sickness or disease they had? Would this maybe help you in your witnessing? Would you perhaps be able to win a few more souls? Would you possibly go from converting one soul every few years to winning souls daily?
Well, isn’t this what Jesus did? Did He not confirm His word with signs and wonders following? Didn’t He even tell the non-believing Pharisees that if they would not believe Him than at least they should believe in the works that He did for they testified of Him? Didn’t the disciples do the same thing? Wasn’t the proof of the truth of the gospel confirmed by the performance of signs and wonders?
What if I told you that not only can you do the same works Jesus did but that Jesus even expects you to and has commissioned you to do the exact same works that He did? Would you like me to prove it to you?
First of all, no matter what anyone says or preaches, neither Jesus or the gospel have ever changed. OK. Here’s the proof right from the word:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
The very next verse tells us to not be led astray by strange and contrary doctrines and to let your heart be establish with “charis” or the grace effects of the Holy Spirit.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:9
Being that neither Jesus nor His gospel have ever changed, here is Jesus’ direct commission to all who believe on Him and on His word:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
Who is “He that believeth on me”? Is that you? If you claim that you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then Jesus in this verse is speaking directly to you, is He not? And He is telling you here that the same works that He did, you not only can do, but you shall do also. Also meaning just like Him. The works meaning the same miracles that He did which are casting out demons, healing the sick and raising the dead. And even greater works than these He says. Greater here meaning mainly more works than He was able to do in His limited time of ministry, not necessarily greater as in more fantastic works, although there are reports today of some fantastic healings throughout the world.
You see, He only had 3 years. You have your whole lifetime.
Would you like to know how this is possible today? Would you like to know exactly how you can walk like Jesus and do the same works He did and even greater works, just like he instructs us to do?
There are 2 qualifications in this verse to be able to do the same works Jesus did and greater:
- “He that believeth on me”, and,
- “because I go unto my Father.”
Since it is a historical fact that Jesus went to the Father, the only other qualification is to believe on Him. Well, this is the key, isn’t it? Do you completely believe on Him to absolutely take Him at His word? In other words, do you indeed believe that His word is true? If you claim that you believe on Him and that His word is true, then you should be able to perform the same works that He did, right? How many times did Jesus tell people that according to their faith, so be it unto them? It is all throughout the gospels, isn’t it?
So the question then boils down to this: Do you believe? Yes or no? There is no in-between. It is either black or white. There is no grey area. If you have never heard this teaching before, and have a hard time accepting this, then I have to ask you, are you really born again?
Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” What was the kingdom of God that Nicodemus needed to see? Seeing here means not just to look on or to observe but to actually perceive of the very reality of the kingdom of heaven, which is literally translated as “kingdom from the heavens”, come down to earth.
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35
And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Luke 10:9
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Matthew 12:28
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20
Jesus always included healing in proclaiming the gospel and the kingdom and commanded his disciples to do the same. If we claim to be His disciples than we must do the same also. This is preaching the full gospel as Paul proclaims:
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19-19
Want more proof? OK, let’s look at some more scriptures to confirm this word.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:15-18
Jesus says that these are the 5 signs that shall follow them that believe. If you say that you are a believer, then these signs should be following you, right? Especially if you speak in tongues, that is the evidence that you have the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is the dynamic power from on high and the ability to be able to perform all the other signs. The name of Jesus gives us the power as in authority (exousia) and the baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us the power as in ability (dunamis).
Want more prof? Ok, here it is.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
With the word “therefore”, Jesus now transfers His power and authority (exousia) to us as His disciples and representatives to do the same works He did. The disciples here were instructed to teach all nations to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever He had commanded them. Teaching them to observe here is not just to teach to watch but to actively instruct to keep the same commandments Jesus gave the disciples He was speaking to.
All things means all things with nothing added or anything taken away. This includes the works that Jesus did and the greater works He spoke of that we would do. Something desperately got lost through the ages which was not passed on to us and that is why they are called the dark ages. Satan no doubt tried to extinguish the light that now is being lit again all over the world The enemy’s two biggest fears are tongues and healing because these are the most powerful weapons to destroy the works of darkness and to disrupt his kingdom.
The best way to describe these verses is that they are Jesus’ commission to us as believers with full power of attorney to carry on the work that He started. Now this puts into better perspective Jesus statement that we can speak to the mountain and make it move.
If you are hearing this message for the very first time, then I say unto to you,
…This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke 4:21
- Can you say from you heart: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)?
- Can you ‘…as ye go, preach, say, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” while you ‘Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.’ (Matthew 10:7-8)?
- Can you ‘into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.’ (Luke 10:8-9)?
I realize that this may be a convicting word and that if you are hearing this for the first time it can either be quite intimidating or it can set you free. Please understand that I am not here to condemn anyone but rather to share the good news that Jesus says you CAN do the works that He did. If you feel condemnation of any kind, please realize that it is not coming from me or from the Lord. It is either coming from the enemy or from you own heart. If it is conviction you are feeling, then that is a good thing!
My job here is first to prove this word to you from scripture and secondly to prove it in real life. I realize that talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Also a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with a theory.
So as you check out the videos here, testimonies here and testimonials here, you can see what we are actually doing out on the streets and are putting into practice everything I just talked about. We have formed ministry teams where we get together to learn and teach exactly how to do this and make it happen.
We imitate Jesus and prove the gospel to people in obvious need of healing by healing them on the spot. Most healings are instantaneous or within the hour, some have taken longer. The longest one I personally experienced was 4 months for a man with Macular Degeneration but then he was completely healed, which was confirmed by his doctor who could not find any trace of his MD. This is considered to be an incurable disease. But not for Jesus it’s not.
We not only seek to convert people but rather to disciple them to do the same. If they are willing, we will activate them to heal others. This can be done on the spot as well or over time. It all depends on how eager the individual is to be a disciple.
Nowhere in scripture does Jesus tell us to make converts. Jesus specifically instructs us to make disciples. You can only convert so many people in your lifetime. But if you teach disciples to make other disciples, it is unlimited. The concept is this: How many seeds are there in an apple? Maybe 3 or 4, right? But now: HOW MANY APPLES ARE IN A SEED? You see, now it becomes unlimited. This is following Jesus model of the 12 disciples he started with and look how many it has grown to all over the world.
Check out these videos to see the proof for yourself:
If you are seriously interested in being discipled to be able to do the works of Jesus, we can plug you into a local team if there is one in your area. Or, you may be able to participate via Skype if at a distance. The most important thing it that you are seriously interested in learning and being discipled. The “how” we can always figure out. Just let us know where you are located and we will try to find a local team for you to plug into.
Franciscus M. Dartee
Grow in Faith | Walk in Power
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