(Excerpt from his monthly newsletter on the exegesis of Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Ephesus).
“…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling”
Ephesians 1:18 NKJV
“Evidence of spiritual blindness in the modern church is still a factor of concern. Paul was not addressing those outside the church, those who still had the veil of ignorance. He was praying for the church to have full comprehension of the hope of His calling. This is the hope of glory. This is the depth of His provision. To know Him is to see the vastness of His power and the encompassing of His love. Paul wants his congregation to experience what he experiences. He wants them to have “God Eyes” and take His view of things as reality rather than the circumstances around them. From a prison, he prayed for them to see the “big picture” and become a part of true fellowship”
– C.R. Oliver
C.R. Oliver is a very dear brother to me; his wisdom and kindness have been a refreshing fountain of God’s grace in my own life. The fire that burns within his heart has often kindled my own. I encourage any who read this to visit his site and to avail themselves of the wellspring of Christ within him.
In every awakening, there is someone who prepares their heart and desires that others do the same. The element of heart preparation is crucial to any move of God.
A mid-century example is found in the Awakening which took place on the Ile of Lewis in 1949.
When Christine and Peggy (elderly Presbyterians in the 1950’s) began praying for a sovereign move of God over their town of Barvis, on the Ile of Lewis, in Scotland, they sanctified themselves and pledged to pray every evening from 9pm to 3am. Soon, a group of men, led by her pastor, began a prayer meeting at the same times in a Barn. Several months went by while the purging of all spiritual dross was taking place. Finally, one young man stood and cried out to God saying, “My heart is pure, my hands are clean, it is time for you Lord to keep your promise and answer our prayers.” When they opened the barn doors, approximately 300 souls were prostrate in the adjacent field, under conviction of their sins. No preacher had preached, no music had been sung, no appeal had been given—just the power of the Holy Ghost brought conviction and conversion.
“The church is to declare the grace and power of God to the heavens, where the gates of hell cannot prevail against it! Paul is not describing a symbol; he is describing what God expects to see when His people are viewed – clothed and standing, ready for battle.
It is time to marshal the troops; it is time to fall into ranks and be determined to win. When one sings the old song, “Onward Christian Soldiers, marching out to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before,” he or she is not speaking about a symbol but an occupation. We need to be that kind of Christian soldier, fighting back against the field of moral and spiritual degradation that rises against all that we believe. Instead, the church acquiesces, sleeping with the enemy, hoping all will turn out well”
– C.R. Oliver
“Somehow, the modern church must grasp the power of these verses and move into the place of Paul’s and Peter’s vision. How different things would be if the Spirit was able to direct a symphony of blessings through the church.
Instead of multiple “little kingdoms” being formed across the globe, there would be one glorious body led by Christ and to His honor. Supernatural power would be channeled through it to meet the needs of every saint. Extraordinary miracles would be the order of the day and the Sunday meetings would be given over to the Word and the testimonies of believers”
– C.R. Oliver (Newsletter on Ephesians 4)
Close friend, spiritual father and good brother
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”
“Standing fast in the Lord” constitutes a stance and a commitment. A stance, in that one must maintain Biblical inerrancy (against all the intrusions, like the ones discussed in the previous chapters). It is also a commitment, in that one must maintain an “in the Lord” relationship. (It is one thing to cling to doctrinal purity and quite another to hear and do the will of God.)”
– C.R. Oliver
“Paul emptied his soul and spirit in a flood of passion, ripping aside any self-aggrandizement and revealing his inner person as he stood spiritually naked before God and man. Rare are these occasions among modern churchmen. His self-appraisal was not a review of his achievements, but of sincere revelation of his goal in life.”
– C.R. Oliver
“The hand of the Lord is not just a feeling; it is an anointing of power beyond the senses reach. Definite in touch, it demands attention even to the blotting out of all other considerations. His hand reassures, transmits confidence and gently directs focus. By His hand, one enters the “God realm of reality on an eternal scale.” It silences the noise of the world and causes one to step into the sovereign reign of heaven”
C.R. Oliver from his new book – “Exact Ezekiel“
“Colosse was an ancient trade center located 100 miles east of Ephesus and just a few miles from Laodicea and Hierapolis. Epaphras was the founder of the church and informed Paul of their great love when he visited Paul and sought to minister to him while he was in chains. Already, the cross winds of heresy had made their way into this young church, and Paul’s intent was to purify the body and re-align it back to the basic things of the gospel. Paul ministered through this epistle by revelation from the Holy Spirit (something desperately needed in the church today). Ministry by revelation allows vision into the lives of people, while wiping away the subterfuge of façades. Jesus ministered in this fashion (knowing the thoughts of others and seeing their life patterns and sins). Paul had never been to Colosse when he addressed them, but by the Spirit, he literally entered their fellowship with pinpoint accuracy. Men of God, in the past, have ministered this way (calling out error or happenings in people’s lives which were privy only to them). Ministry by revelation cancels the need for counseling. (C.G. Bevington was a perfect example).”
– C.R. Oliver
The Crisis of Today brings the Apostolic and the Prophetic ministrations to the forefront as the Spirit of God brings the “plumb-line” back to the Church.
“Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein”
“Where are the churches where the river flows today? Where are the pastors who preach from the over flowing waters? Where are the prophets who have abandoned their plans and swim in the river? Congregations are not dying for the food of the word, as much as they suffer dehydration for the lack of the water of life!!!!”
– CR Oliver
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead…”
– Revelations 3:1
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”