The name 'Exploding Word' is derived from the Greek word for power (Dunamis) in the new testament which is where we also get our English word dynamite from. Dynamite is so named because of its release of explosive power when ignited. We understand the explosive nature of God through the indwelling spirit of Jesus Christ and it is also highlighted within the written word of the scripture. Jesus turned the preaching of his day on its head through the power of the Holy Spirit and he was often criticised by the religious establishment who questioned his authority to challenge the status quo. Today that same power of the Holy Spirit is surging through the body of Jesus Christ (the Church) seeking to clarify and instruct the individual members of the body as to the desires and wishes of the head, who is Jesus Christ.
So what do we mean when we say that it is the same Jesus Christ who walked the land of Israel appropriately 2000 years ago who indwells the Church today and how can he be an active head to a body of believers who are so radically different and living over the entire earth.
To answer that question we need to know about Jesus and what he taught. It is accepted across Christianity that Jesus is sitting in Heaven beside his Father, (at his right hand) and that his Father is God. However we are told in Ephesians 2 that we are also sitting in heaven with the Father, no not after we are dead, but right now. That should raise the question, 'how' in our minds. How can the bible state that we who are alive on the earth today, be at the same time in heaven sitting beside the Father of all creation. It is the answer to that question which will also explain how Jesus can be in heaven and on the earth at the same time.
Initially it appears to be a tough question and if you had been in the crowds when Jesus spoke you would have heard him answer a large number of tough questions. So to answer this one we need to examine what Jesus taught about his relationship with us in the flesh. It may surprise you to know that Jesus referred to the people of his generation as being dead. Of course you may understand that he was referring to them being spiritually dead, that is, they were cut off from God the Father after the fall of mankind from grace in the Garden of Eden. However it is important to understand the events of the fall itself if we are to understand what the fall meant in reality.
To Jesus the 'fall' was the ending of the relationship between his Father and Adam and as a result mankind died instantly. The fact that Adam continued to live for another 930 years was irrelevant, mankind died instantly on eating the forbidden fruit. From Jesus' view, it was necessary for him to come to earth to be our resurrection and restore us to life, thus re-establishing our relationship with the Father.
As Jesus taught these things to his contemporaries there was a high level of unbelief and this is evidenced within the 4 New Testament gospels. At one point after Jesus explained that he was the true bread from Heaven a large crowd of his followers left, directly, because of that statement and the implications of what that would mean.
The most difficult thing for many new Christians to comprehend is that they are spiritually cut off from God the Father. They feel that if they live reasonably good lives that it should make a differences before God. It is hard for them to come to understand that all the good things we may do are as filthy rags before God and do not earn us any favours.
The only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ, but why?
William Andrews is a regular Christian preacher/speaker within churches across Northern Ireland. He lives in one of the very few dry villages in Ireland called Seskinore, has been married to Caroline for 37 blissful years and has two daughters Charlene (36) and Rachel (22). The year 2008 proved to be an exciting year for the family as Charlene got married to Dominic in September 08 and they had their first child Phoebe Rose on 30th November 2009. A second grandchild, Ruby Caroline was born on 23rd April 2013.