Praying in the spirit- “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.”- 1 Corinthians 14:14
When we pray in the spirit, we do not speak to humans, but to God, and it is our spirit that prays whilst the mind is unfruitful. When we speak in a tongue, in our spirit we speak secrets/mysteries. The bible says that this is a way to edify our self, and the Greek word for “edifies” is oikodomei, which means ‘home-building’.
Praying in the soul– “What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also.”- 1 Corinthians 14:15
Praying with the mind/understanding is a way to “abound for the edification of the church”, since the brethren will be able to understand the speech. Paul the apostle desired to speak five words with his mind, that he may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Praying in the body- “And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.”- Acts 20:36
Expressing ourselves in prayer to God through our body has always been practiced in God’s congregation. In Solomon’s prayer of dedication, Solomon “spread out his hands toward heaven”. Paul urges: “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.” (1 Timothy 2:8)
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom…”- Matthew 16:18-19
“52Woe unto you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge: you did not enter in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.”- Luke 11:52
Peter had just received the revelation that Jesus is the Son of the Living God. The Pharisees, the chief priests, and the scribes had the key of knowledge, being experts in the law themselves. Having the key of knowledge does not guarantee entrance into the Kingdom of heaven, since it is only by acting on the Father’s will that we are acceptable before God. Not only did they not enter into the Kingdom, but they also prevented others that were entering in, by placing excessive man-made burdens on them that God never intended for them to bear.
All of us who have received the revelation that Jesus is the Anointed One of God have the key of knowledge, and by learning the Word of Christ, we learn the Father’s will. As we make ourselves ready for the coming of our Master, and act on the Father’s will, our entrance into the kingdom of heaven is guaranteed. Jesus Christ will open the door of heaven, and He will greet us, serve us, and dine with us! It is written!
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who knew no sin, became sin for us. He did not do or commit anything that caused Him to become sin and curse for us. To an extent, He willingly accepted to endure this Highly unjust treatment for our sake, and therefore, He bore our sins SPIRITUALLY, through the divine exchange on the cross.
In like manner, we also did not commit or do anything that caused us to become the righteousness of God. To an extent, we also willingly accepted to be unjustly involved in Christ to bear His righteousness SPIRITUALLY, through the divine exchange on the cross. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.
In 1 Kings 8, a temple is described towards which God’s eyes would be open day and night. It is a temple where God’s name dwells, and when people would pray towards this temple and stretch their hands towards it, their prayers would be listened to by God, who will also forgive their sins, act, judge, condemn and justify, teach, lead and reconcile the foreigners, in response to their reverence and trust in this temple. One question remains…WHO is this temple? The body of Jesus the Anointed One of the Most High was the temple that was destroyed by mankind, and was rebuilt after 3 days, as He prophesied about His mighty resurrection. Halleluyah!
When a believer utters a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, or a prophecy, these are all manifestations of the Holy Spirit. When a believer listens to, or accepts a word from a fortune-teller, a medium or a spiritualist, it is a manifestation of Satan. Therefore the word not spoken from the Holy Spirit must be renounced, and rejected in the name of the Son of the Living God.