Originally posted by sumperson
What if jesus was the greatest magician of all time? Im probably going to get laughed at a lot with this one.
But, magicians like David Blaine and Lance Burton can make things float, I saw David Blaine float
What if Jesus perfected the craft in his missing years in the bible?
Magicians require to receive their power from something else; a devil gives a magician its power. Magicians are instructed to perform certain rituals
and phrases of worship and plea as well as sacrificing certain elements in the name of some devil that they may be given some sort of power.
However, Jesus Christ the Lord said that with even a mustard seed size of faith, one could tell a mountain to remove from its place and go to whatever
place you desired.
The Lord also said that faith comes from understanding which comes from knowledge which comes from reading. Faith does not exist without reading and
then knowledge and then understanding and then faith. Reading does not necessarily mean just texts; reading can also be the discerning of the nature
around you. But to read simply means to discern. Notice how some people say, "I read people." If you read, you gain knowledge. If you gain
knowledge, you apply it to gain an understanding if its actual application. If you gain an understanding of its application, then you are able to
perform acts of faith - but is your understanding true? Because the sort of reading you do will determine the kind of knowledge you have. The kind
of knowledge you have will determine your kind of understanding. And your kind of understanding will determine your kind of faith.
If your faith is not rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ, then your faith is impure. Your actions will be impure and will carry far less power.
Jesus Christ also said that He did nothing of Himself, but that He did the will of His Father. So therefore, His power originates from God the
Father. Jesus Christ said He did the will of His Father. This means that He obeyed God. This means that Jesus Christ's power was given to Him
because of His obedience.
So therefore, the act of faith that we have is obedience. Faith means that we obey believing that what is promised to us will be given to us if we
obey. That is faith. So there is no conflict of knowledge and faith here as many would have you see it. Knowledge INCREASES faith. They are not
exclusive traits; but rather they are mutually inclusive. You CANNOT have faith without knowledge. However, knowledge is not necessarily what you
think either. You must have knowledge of the proper thing. If your knowledge is wrong, then it is vanity. However, devils will give you power for
that false knowledge in order to trap you in your foolishness; making you desire what little power you have been given instead of understanding that
there is no greater power than love for the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father for Him giving us His Son, The Holy Spirit for always being faithful to us,
and for our neighbors and our enemies and ourselves. Love is far greater in power, though to some it is completely invisible.
Jesus Christ was not a magician because there was no ritual or tradition expected of him. He was not required to sell His soul. He was not greedy
for power. He, of His own free will and love for mankind, did the will of the Father to save us! NOT to glorify Himself; but to glorify the Father
in proving His love for us!
This is why Jesus Christ was and is granted dominion over all powers, visible and invisible.
Magicians perform their acts, even the ones that appear selfless, in complete selfishness. Their desire is to themselves; they desire their own
glory. They desire to see power work through them that they might claim the authorship of the power. They do it to hear the people say, "Ahh!"
They do it to intimidate people. They do it for their own worship.
Jesus Christ was granted the Throne, was given the title King of Kings, Lord of Lords; He is the prophet of prophets, He is the High-Priest after the
order of Melchizedek, He is the Law. It has been given to Him to be Power Incarnate.
Whatever powers the devils are granting of themselves to magicians these days are extremely lame and pale in comparison to the Lord and the power His
Spirit gives us. Your magicians can create fire, and create monsters, and lengthen their life a little. They can persuade those who have a spirit
willing to be persuaded. But the Lord has given His children a little of His Spirit because we obey Him. Whenever we are met with a magician, we
have but to say, "The Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you." If that is so His will. There may very well be times when it is His will that a particular
event takes place and more witnesses are required; or less! But His power will always override the power of those who THINK themselves worth
Resurrection belongs to Jesus Christ. Devils cannot perform that act.