In continuing to study who we are in Christ and all He has enabled us to accomplish, let’s look at an Old Testament event. Remember, the Old Testament gives us shadows and types of things fulfilled in the New Testament. I am especially drawn to the story of when Elijah the prophet was taken up to Heaven and Elisha, Elijah’s servant, requested a double portion of the spirit which rested upon Elijah. Please read 2 Kings 2. Look particularly at verses 7-15.
God had sent Elijah to Jordan, and although Elijah told Elisha he did not have to go to the Jordan with him, Elisha would not leave His master. As a matter of fact, the journey to Jordan would be the third journey in which Elisha refused to leave the side of His master. Oh that we would have the same persistence and tenacity and single-mindedness in following our Lord. Notice, as Elijah and Elisha approached the Jordan, there were 50 prophets watching as these events began to unfold; they stood off at a distance. Do you ever wonder what would have happened if they had drawn in close to the two men of God and insisted on going with them?
When Elijah came to the Jordan, of course it seemed as though he could go no further in His mission. Do you ever feel that way? Remember, nothing is impossible with God. When we walk forward, led by the Holy Spirit, we always overcome! We accomplish God’s mission for us. Was Elijah moved by the river in front of him? Not a bit. He rolled up his cloak, struck the waters; the waters parted, and he and Elisha walked across on dry ground. (Remember Moses?)
After they crossed the Jordan River bed on dry ground, Elijah asked Elisha what he could do for him. Elisha replied that he wanted a double portion of the spirit that was upon Elijah. Elijah said that Elisha would receive his request if he saw Elijah when he was taken up to Heaven. Elisha stuck like glue to Elijah. Wouldn’t you? As a result, Elisha did see into the spirit and did see Elijah taken up into Heaven. Elijah’s cloak fell to the ground, and Elisha received Elijah’s mantle. Elisha received his request.
Can you imagine being Elisha at that moment? What would you have done? There you are, standing alone next to the Jordan River. It is no longer dry ground. You could have stared grieving for your lost master, wondered what in the world you were to do now, alone, separated from everyone and everything else by the river, or you could pick up the mantle that had been given to you and go forth in the power and glory of the Lord! It’s your call. Elisha chose to walk forth in the power and authority that had been given him. We should do no less! Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, stood at the bank of the Jordan, smote the waters, and they parted. He, with the spirit resting upon him, walked back across the river bed on dry ground. Hallelujah! Do you see the New Testament parallel? Do you see the gift that has been given to you? Do you see who you are in Christ?
We have been given the Spirit of Christ! The very same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us (Rom. 8:11), not just on us as in the case of the Old Testament prophets. How much better is our covenant! We have the resurrected Jesus empowering us! We have the Holy Spirit as our counselor, comforter, and leader! Why do you think the Scripture says we can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13)? Even as Elisha chose to walk forth under the anointing of Elijah resting upon him, we have the great, phenomenal opportunity to walk forth in the power of Christ and His Anointing living on the inside of us every moment as born-again believers. Christ has confirmed to us that we will do even greater works than He because of this Anointing in us (John 14:12), and He will do whatever we ask in His name (John 14:13-14). It is actually the Father by the Holy Spirit, living in us as He did in Jesus, doing the work through us (John 14:10). God has made it a certainty that we will walk victorious in this world as His messengers, accomplishing all that He desires, all for His glory! He has made us world changers. He loves us so, that He has provided us with all power necessary to live the overcoming, victorious life He designed us to have. That is miraculous! The very thought of it makes me want to run and dance and shout!
Be blessed and go forth in the power of the Spirit!