Gods plan all along has been for us to be in contact with him. Of course sin brought division between us but that never stopped what God wanted to accomplish it just meant the sin would have to be dealt with in order to restore the fellowship. This took the death of Jesus Christ himself, but I want to show you Gods heart on this from way back.
Back in Exodus Moses was having a pretty difficult time dealing with the Children of Israel and all the problems that arose with them. God spoke to Moses and said, “Gather for me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone.” This is of course exactly what happened, but I want you to notice how it played out.
Two of the chosen elders didn’t go to the tent of meeting. They stayed in the camp, but God still put his Spirit on them and they began to prophesy in the camp. There were some that didn’t like this and one of them was Joshua. Joshua spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” Wow! So Moses caught the heart of God. He knew God and knew his plan was for everyone to have his Spirit.
The intention all along was for God and man to be in communication with one another, or in other words in fellowship with one another. Once God had placed his Spirit upon these seventy elders they could step in and help Moses to carry the burden of all of those in need. I think this is a snapshot of what the church is all about. I don’t think it was ever the intention of God that there only are a small percentage of his people in the “ministry.” I believe he has always wanted everyone to be. After all God did tell Israel via Moses, “You shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” His plan for Israel, and later the church too, is for us to be his means to reconcile fallen man back to him. Paul said himself “we have been given the ministry of reconciliation as if God were making his appeal through us.” How would he go about that you might ask? Well, by way of his Spirit of course.
Just as the seventy elders received the Spirit that was on Moses we in the New Covenant receive the Spirit of Jesus. Jesus promised us the Spirit and said we will do even greater things than he did. John tells us “as he is, so also are we in this world.” We are told we are the body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We are meant to be God’s representative on planet earth until Christ returns. Our lives are to represent what God is all about here and now and that makes us “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation and a people for God’s own possession, so we might proclaim his Excellencies.”
Written by Louie