“He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all”, (John 3:31).
One way you know the one from above and the one from the earth is by how they speak and communicate. Language is a major determinant of culture. Your language and accent reveals where you are from. That is also how we know the one from above and the one from earth. The one from above speaks in a certain way. The one from earth speaks in a certain way.
In John 3:1-5, Jesus told Nicodemus “the issue is not what I am doing but where I am from. What I do is the result of where I come from and if you are from where I am from, you will do the same things and talk the same way.
When Jesus said “you must be born-again” (John 3:7), the word “again” used there, is from a Greek word “anothem” and it is the same word for “above” in John 3:31. What Jesus was simply saying is “except you are born from above you cannot talk like me and do what I am doing.” Anyone who has put faith in Jesus is born from above. You are from above as much as Jesus is from above. That is why Jesus said you are in this world but not of this world.
John therefore says, those who are from above are above all. As such, they speak as people from above. They have a culture and a language.
In our language (as those from above), death is called sleep (1 Cor. 11:30, 1 Cor. 15:18 & 51, 1 Thess. 4:14), we relate with death as sleep. So Paul says we don’t mourn like those without hope. (1 Thess. 4:13).
Luke 8:52-53 – “And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.”
There is a difference between crying, weeping, wailing and mourning. Wailing and weeping are higher intensities. These people were initially wailing and weeping, but imagine the shift in emotion because Jesus was speaking from a different culture. They started to laugh because Jesus said the daughter of the man was sleeping.
Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus was sleeping and they said if he is sleeping he will wake up, (John 11:11-12). We from above have a different culture and language and we speak differently, (IThess. 4:14). When you put faith in Jesus, you have a new culture and we see things as Jesus does.
In Psalms 1:1-3, David is showing us that the man who is ungodly and scornful will not take delight in the Law, nor meditate on it. He is the man not putting God’s Word where it should be. The man who puts God’s Word aside and chooses another. That is why the Scriptures say a man who says he is from above but fornicates, should never be greeted or extend a hand of fellowship (1Cor. 5:10-11).
Why? Because he is putting aside his culture and the Word of God is where we get our language from. So we don’t put aside God’s Word and begin to receive the culture of the system we have found ourselves in (Rom. 12:2).
The scornful, the sinner, and the ungodly is the man who puts aside God’s Word and adopts another culture (Psa.1:1-3). Stay away from such people. They will pollute and contaminate you. The man who drinks and smokes is not the man to avoid but to get close to, so as to present the Gospel to him. The man to run from is the man who claims to be from our culture; claims to be born-again, but puts aside our culture and begins to pick up the language of a different culture. Run from him. The Christian friends you should have are those who share your values and speak your language and consciousness.
“When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.” (Job 22:29)
The one from above should say “there is a lifting up.” Others are saying there is hunger everywhere, don’t join them!
If they say “life expectancy is reducing,” don’t join them.
“People are dying and we don’t know who is next” Really?
Didn’t you read a thousand shall fall by my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will never come near me?!
Don’t be a prophet of cast-down and bad news. Don’t publish it. We are from above. People will not like you when you speak from above, so stop trying to be liked.
Isaiah 8:11-13 says “For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”
Confederacy means party. Don’t form the following political parties –
Cast Down People’s Party (CDPP), Hungry People’s Party (HPP), Suffering People’s Party (SPP), or Frustrated People’s Party (FPP).
Rather form the following parties: Joyful People’s Party (JPP), Anointed People’s Party (APP). Powerful People’s Party (PPP). Form your own party now!
Blessed People’s Party (BPP), Rich People’s Party (RPP).
Don’t talk death. Speak life! When there is sickness, speak life! Don’t join people who say you are not being real. Your reality is different. Reality is affected by perception. When there is weakness, what do you say? I am strong!
When there is fear, what do you say? When you speak these words, they become health to your bones. (Pro. 16:24, Prov.4:20-23). Fear incapacitates. It is a weapon in Satan’s hand. It cripples.
Defeat has no meaning from where we are from. It is not there.
When you are not speaking the language of above, the angels can’t understand and they can’t act (Psa. 103:20). When you speak defeat, they look at you wondering what you are saying.
Now open your mouth and speak as one from above!
Bishop Wale Ajayi