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Above, In, and Through

One of my favorite verses for answering the question “Who is God?” is Ephesians 4:6. It explains His supremacy, His family, His authority, His manifestation, and His presence.

Ephesians 4:6
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

A few other translations give us even more perspective.

Ephesians 4:6 (The Living Bible)
And we all have the same God and Father who is over us all and in us all, and living through every part of us.
Ephesians 4:6 (AMP)
One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.
Ephesians 4:6 (GNT)
There is one God and Father of all, who is Lord of all, works through all, and is in all.
Ephesians 4:6 (CEV)
There is one God who is the Father of all people. Not only is God above all others, but he works by using all of us, and he lives in all of us.

So, who is God? Well, He is “One.” There is only ONE God, and He is it! He is also the Father of ALL. That means ALL of us!

He is “above” all. This means He has supreme authority. There is no person or god who has any higher authority.

He is “through” all. We are going to skip this and come back to it in a minute.

He is “in” all. Since He created man in His image, we are born after His seed. A seed cannot bear fruit of another kind, therefore, we have in us His Spirit — every human born on earth does! We have a choice (free will) to obey His Spirit and let Him become the Lord of our life. If we reject Him, sin becomes death to us, we fall from grace, and from all blessings our loving Father wants to give us.

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

We are now separated from God, and the ONLY way to change that is to repent of our sin, accept Him as the only God, accept Him as our Heavenly Father, accept His Son Jesus as the one who died for our sins and rose from the dead, accept His Son Jesus as the now Supreme Authority (as delegated by God) and make Him the Lord of our life!

Now back to the “through all” part.

Assuming that you agree with the “One God” and “Father of all”, the “above all” and “in you all,” I must assume that you agree with the “through all” part too, right?

Okay, let’s recap. “Above all is His authority, and “in all” is His presence. So, what does “through all” mean? “Through all” is His manifestation. That’s how He operates on the earth. He not only wants to be “above” us and “in” us,” He wants to operate “through” us to minister, bless, help, assist, and “manifest” Himself to others! We are literally His hands on the earth. Remember the song “He’s got the whole world in His hands?” Well, I believe an even truer rendition would be “He’s got the whole world in OUR hands!” Why, because He is IN us, and He wants to get OUT of us — out toward others!

We need to ask ourselves this question: “Is He really getting OUT of us or is the pipeline jammed up because we are not bold enough, too shy, or believe that religion is a “private thing”? You know the old adage, “I believe religious beliefs are a private thing between me and God, and it is improper to place your beliefs on other people. Besides it usually just becomes an argument.”

Can you hear Satan in that? He just plugged up the God-pipe. God is no longer “through,” He’s finished!

Recently, I was at a restaurant with another minister. The server looked a little rough. Looking at the tattoos, clothing, and demeanor, I had to look a little deeper to see if it was a waiter or a waitress. She was a waitress, but it seemed to me that she might have had somewhat of a rough life. As is my usual practice, I asked for her name and let her know we were Christians. I explained we were getting ready to pray over the meal and asked if she had anything we could pray for her about. Two things really surprised me. One, the minister I was with immediately spoke to me quietly that she might not want anybody to hear her requests, referring to the other customers in the restaurant. It was as if I were asking too personal a thing in a public place and maybe I should be a little more sensitive. The second thing that surprised me was the waitress. Immediately she said rather loudly “Can I join you?” She did not have any particular request, but sat on her heels to become table height and joined us for prayer! She then showed us the serenity prayer on her cell phone screen and told us what church she attended. She told us her pastor now has a mid-week meeting to specifically minister to the servers in the restaurant because they are unable to attend on Sunday mornings! Sounds like the Lord is working “through” that Pastor!

Do you believe in “ONE” God. Is He your heavenly “FATHER?” Is He “ABOVE” you as your supreme authority? Is He “IN” you – in your born again spirit?

Well, if so, the only question left is… Is He manifesting “THROUGH” you? How is He working through you? Are you serving Him in your local church? Are you sharing your faith with boldness in the marketplace or to your neighbors? Are you contributing to His Kingdom in tithes and offerings? Are you praying and interceding for those in need? Are you believing for souls to be saved? Do the people at work know you’re a Christian — can they tell? Or, is your God-pipe clogged up and needs to be Roto-Rooted? God does not want us just to be filled up, He wants us to be so filled up that we spill-out! Everywhere we go we become a walking, talking container of His Glory, rescuing lost souls, and spreading the Good News of healing, deliverance, prosperity and peace.

So, who is God? Changing the order ever so slightly… He is above, in and through.

Ephesians 4:6
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

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Pastor Jim Langlois is the Senior Pastor of The Master’s House www.tmhnow.org, President of MKEA (The Master’s Kids Evangelistic Association) www.mkea.org, and an Area Director for ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministries) www.icfm.org. You can follow him at docinthehouse, on Twitter at jimlanglois, and on Facebook at jim.langlois. His most recent books are “Is it Okay to Pray in Tongues in Church?” and “Will the Real God Please Stand Up!” Both are available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

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