May 28th, 2017
Matthew 3:13-17, Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (NKJV)
In this prophetic sermon we see that obedience to the word of God, opens up the heavens. The heavens were open to Jesus and the 120 at the first Pentecost had an open heavens over them. An open heaven gives you access to so much, including every blessing in heavenly places. But when the heavens are shut, there is no progressive revelation. The people cast out restraint, they become lawless. One of the results of Pentecost, is demonstrated when the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted. To be tempted in the Greek means to be tested, scrutinized. God tests us to see what is in our hearts to see if we will obey His commandments or not. When we get through all of it, we will see a great light!