Too often we focus our attention on the wrong thing. We consider the body and the symptoms when it comes to healing. That’s what we think about and look at, and the more we look at it, the worse we get. Some will even say, “Well, God hasn’t heard my prayer yet. I’m getting worse. I guess I’ll wind up being operated on.” And they will!In one church where I held meetings, there was a woman who testified every time she could. And at the end of every testimony she would say, “You all pray for me. I believe I’ve got cancer.” Finally, the pastor got tired of it and when she got through he stood and said, "That’s right, Sister. Keep believing it and you will get it, for Jesus said, ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’"Some people say, “Brother Hagin, pray for me. I believe I am taking a cold.” It wouldn’t do any good for me to pray, because if they believe they are taking it, they will take it. “According to your faith be it unto you.” If you keep believing for it, you will get it. Do not consider and see the wrong thing.Some people only get a part of what I am saying. They think I am teaching like Christian Science and saying to deny all symptoms and just go on as if they weren’t even there. But there is as much difference in what I am teaching and what Christian Science teaches as there is between daylight and dark. As one doctor said, "This is not Christian Science; this is Christian sense."We do not deny these things, because they are real. Certainly pain is real. Sin is real. And the devil is real. But notice what God’s Word said, “Abraham considered not his own body.” So don’t consider your body, but do consider Jesus, our High Priest, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Now Faith Is 31Focus your attention on what He has done for you and on what He is doing for you because He is our High Priest. He is doing something for you right now. He is up there by the throne of God making intercession for you.HEBREWS 4:1414 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession [confession].I want you to notice this: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest….” Or, if you like, "This is the reason we must hold fast to our confession because we have such a great high priest."In looking up the Greek word for “confession,” I found out that it says, "Let us hold fast to saying the same things."Jesus is up there representing us at the throne of God, and He is saying, “I took their place. I died for them as their Substitute.” He didn’t die for Himself. He didn’t need to redeem Himself—He wasn’t lost. He died for us. He became my Substitute. He took my sins. He bore my sickness. He carried my diseases. He died for me. He arose from the dead for me. He ascended on high for me, and He is up there right now saying, "I did that for him."And we are to hold fast to saying the same thing down here. That is what puts the devil on the run. Focus your attention on the right things rather than on yourself.PROVERBS 4:20-2220 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.21 Let them [my words] not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.22 For they [my words] are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Many people fail because they see themselves fail. A turning point came in my life when I first saw this Scripture. Until that time I had always seen myself dead. I could picture every detail about it. But after I read this Scripture, I could see myself well. I began to see myself alive. And I began to see myself doing things I had never done because of my heart condition.I knew God had called me to preach, and I could see myself preaching. I began to get ready for it. I asked for a tablet and pencil and I got my Bible and began to prepare sermons. They weren’t preachable—only one was ever preached—but I was getting ready. Many people fail because they get ready to fail.Notice what He says: “Let them [my words] not depart from thine eyes.” Now think for a moment. Don’t you know that if God’s Word says in Matthew 8:17 that Jesus took your infirmities, and bare your diseases, and if you do not let that Word depart from before your eyes, you are bound to see yourself without sickness and without disease?You will see yourself well! If you do not see yourself without sickness and disease and if you do not see yourself well, then that Word has departed from before your eyes. And even though He wants to make His Word good in your life, He cannot, because you are not acting on His Word!It is difficult for me to follow the reasoning of some people that God is going to do something for them without their doing what the Word says. He is not! God cannot! Even though He wants to, He cannot. You see, if He did, He would be violating His Word and making Himself to be a liar, and the Bible says God cannot lie.Right here in Proverbs God tells us that His Word is
Now Faith Is 33medicine to us. In the 22nd verse He says, "For they [my words] are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."The Hebrew word translated “health” is also the word for “medicine.” In other words, “My Words are medicine to all their flesh.” But in order for medicine to be effective, it must be taken according to directions. And the first two verses (verses 20 and 21) give you the directions for taking the medicine!Does God have any medicine? Yes, thank God, He does. His Words are life unto those who find them and medicine to all their flesh. However, that medicine must be taken according to directions, and one of the directions is, “Let them [my words] not depart from thine eyes.” Keep looking at what the Word says!If God’s Word says He heard and answered your prayer, and if that Word does not depart from before your eyes, then you are going to see yourself with what you prayed for!Many are defeated in their prayer lives because they do not see themselves with the answer. They just see everything getting worse. They look at the wrong things, so they walk in unbelief and destroy the effects of their praying.Get your mind on the answer. Constantly affirm, even in the face of contradictory evidence, that God has heard your prayer because the Word says so. It is when you do not let His Words depart from before your eyes that you will get results.This all agrees with what Jesus says in Mark 11:24, "… What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them." You must believe it before you receive it.Some say, “I’m not going to believe anything I can’t see,” when even in the physical, or the natural, we believe many things we can’t see.The entire world became concerned about something they couldn’t see when bombs were being exploded which released radioactive material into the atmosphere. We can’t see it and we can’t feel it—but it is a destructive power. Scientists believe in many things they can’t see. And then some think it is preposterous for God to call upon us to believe in the unseen!Just as people became alarmed about the unseen radioactivity in this world and believed it even though they could not see it or feel it, I believe what the Word of God says about the Holy Spirit—the unseen power of God—whether or not I feel it or see it.Some of the greatest healings which have taken place in our meetings were when I didn’t feel a thing. Some of the most marvelous things have happened when the service seemed dead. Feeling has nothing to do with it. God is present. His power is present. I do not base my faith on what I feel. I base it on what God said. And He said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.“Remember that He said in Hebrews 13:5,6, ”…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."Is that what you are saying? Are you boldly saying, “The Lord is my helper”? It is what you should be saying!But some people are saying, "Well, the Lord’s forsaken
Now Faith Is 35me; pray for me. I just don’t feel like I once did." Your feelings have nothing whatsoever to do with this. The Lord has said He would never forsake you!And some say, “Well, I don’t know whether I can make it or not. I hope I can. You all pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end.” That is not what He told us to boldly say!Many are boldly saying, “I’m whipped. I’m defeated. The devil’s got me bound.” But nowhere in the Bible are we told to boldly say that!He said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you, so that you may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper.’ ” Now quit saying the wrong thing and start saying the right thing.Say, “The Lord is my helper.” Is He?Say, “The Lord is my healer.” Is He?Say, “He took my infirmities and bare my sicknesses.” Didn’t He?Keep talking about the right thing. Believe the right thing.It is simply wrong thinking, wrong believing, and wrong talking which defeats people. You see, the devil can’t defeat you. Jesus has already defeated the devil for you. Satan doesn’t defeat you; you defeat yourself! (Or, if Satan does, it is because you permit him to do so. It is a consent of ignorance.)God has given us His Word to get our thinking straightened out so that our believing will be right. If our thinking is right and our believing is right, then our talking will be right.The Lord is my helper. The Lord is my strength. Real faith in the Word says, "If God says it is so—then it is so.
If He says, ‘By His stripes ye were healed’—then I am healed. If He says, ‘God shall supply my every need’—then He does. If God says, ‘He is the strength of my life’—then He is."In other words, real faith in God simply says about one’s self what the Word says.Thank God, I have what the Word says I have! I am what the Word says I am! If He says I am strong—I am! If He says I am healed—I am! If He says He cares for me—He does! So I simply, quietly, rest on the Word. For the Word says, “For we which have believed do enter into rest….” (Heb. 4:3). I believe and therefore I quietly rest on the Word regardless of evidence that would satisfy the physical or the natural.Real faith is built on the Word. Meditate on the Word. Dig deeply into it. Feed upon it. Then the Word will become part of you, just as natural food becomes a part of your physical body when you eat.What natural food is to the physical man, the Word of God is to the spiritual man. The Word will build into you—the real you, the inward man—confidence and assurance. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Chapter 33 The Heart of ManFor with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.—Romans 10:10For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.—Mark 11:23Both of the preceding verses speak of believing with the heart. Notice the expressions, “For with the heart man believeth” and “shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe.” For years I eagerly searched for a satisfactory explanation of what it means to believe "with the heart."You must understand, of course, that the word “heart” as used in these Scriptures does not refer to the physical organ which pumps blood through the body and keeps us alive.The word “heart” here cannot refer to that human physical organ, for if it did, these verses would indicate that you could believe with your body. And you could no more believe God with your physical heart than you could believe Him with your physical hand or finger.The word “heart” is used here to convey a thought. Consider how we use “heart” today. When we talk about the heart of a tree, what do we mean? We mean the center, 37
the very core. When we talk about the heart of a subject, what do we mean? We mean the most important part of that subject, the center of it, the main part around which the rest revolves. And when God speaks of the human heart, He is speaking about the main part of man; the very center of man’s being—the spirit.Man is a Spirit1 THESSALONIANS 5:2323 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.The terms “spirit of man” and “heart of man” are used interchangeably throughout the Bible. We know that man is a spirit because he is made in the image and likeness of God, and Jesus said, “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24). It is not in our physical bodies that we are like God, for the Bible says that God is not a man.Paul said in his letter to the Romans, “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that OF THE HEART, IN THE SPIRIT, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (Rom. 2:28,29). According to this verse, the heart is the spirit.Speaking to Nicodemus, Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).Nicodemus, being human, or natural, could think only in the natural, and therefore he asked, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his
The Heart of Man 39mother’s womb, and be born?" (v. 4).Jesus replied, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (v. 6). The New Birth is a rebirth of the human spirit.Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). We cannot contact God with our body or with our mind. We can contact God only with our spirit.The spirit is not the mind. First Corinthians 14:14 says, "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding [mind] is unfruitful."Some people mistakenly think that the mind is the spirit. However, as this verse indicates, we know that when we speak in tongues, this does not come from our mind, or out of our own human thinking, but from our spirit, from our innermost being, from the Holy Spirit within our spirit.Paul went on to say, “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also….” (v. 15).The following beautiful passage speaks of "the spirits of just men made perfect."HEBREWS 12:18-2418 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake🙂22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,23 To the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling….As we look into God’s Word I want you to become conscious of this fact: You are a spirit; you have a soul; and you live in a body.The Inward Man2 CORINTHIANS 4:1616 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.There is an inward man and an outward man. The outward man is the body. The inward man is the spirit—and the spirit has a soul.1 CORINTHIANS 9:2727 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.Now notice something here. If the body were the real man, Paul would have said, “I keep myself under; I bring myself into subjection.” But Paul refers to his body as “it.” “I” is the man on the inside, the inward man who has been reborn. And Paul said in effect, "I do something with my
The Heart of Man 41body. I bring it into subjection." You see, the outward man which we look at is not the real man, but only the house the real man lives in.We can now more easily understand Paul’s writings to the saints at Rome:ROMANS 12:1,21 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.I had preached for more than 20 years before I saw something in this Scripture which astounded me. Paul is not writing this to unbelievers, but to Christians. The letter was addressed, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints….” (Rom. 1:7). He is writing to men and women who have been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, yet he says to them, "You need to do something with your bodies and your minds."It came as a shock to me when I saw that here were people who were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, yet their bodies and minds had not been affected.The New Birth is not a rebirth of the human body, but a rebirth of the human spirit. And the infilling of the Holy Spirit is not a physical experience, but a spiritual experience.According to these verses of Scripture, we have to do something with our bodies. We have to present them to God a living sacrifice. And we have to do something with
our minds. We have to get them renewed with the Word.This is something that we do, not something God does. God gives eternal life. He offers us His Spirit. But God doesn’t do anything with our bodies. If anything is done with your body, you will have to do it.The Word says for you to present your body unto God. Nobody else can do it for you. The Word says that you are to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” And your mind is renewed through the Word of God.Man is a spirit. He is in the same class with God—made in the image and likeness of God. Some would have you believe that man is just an animal. If that were true, it would be no more wrong to kill a man and eat him than it would be to kill a cow and eat it.Man has a physical body in which he now lives, but he is not an animal. He is much more than just mind and body. He is spirit, soul, and body. He is a spirit; he has a soul; he lives in a body.It is the fact that man is a spirit that makes him different from animals. Some false cults bring out that in Genesis, in the Hebrew language, the Word of God speaks of the souls of animals. They say that since animals have souls as we do, then when we die we are dead as a dog is dead. And they interpret all Scripture from the natural view.And it is true that animals have souls—but they are not spirits! In Christendom we have not defined these terms as we should have. There is nothing in animals which is like God.God took something of Himself and put it into man. He made the body of man out of the dust of the earth; but He
The Heart of Man 43breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life.The word translated “breath” in the passage concerning man’s creation, is the Hebrew word ruach. Ruach means “breath” or “spirit,” and it is translated “Holy Spirit” many times in the Old Testament. God is spirit, so He took something of Himself, which is spirit, and put it into man. When He did, man became a living soul. He wasn’t alive until then. But he became a living soul—he became conscious of himself.Animals have souls, for the soul possesses intellectual and emotional qualities, and animals have these. However, in animals, it is all physical, and when the physical is dead, all is gone.Man’s soul—his intellectual and emotional qualities—is not based upon the physical, but upon the spirit. And when the body is dead, the spirit with its soul still exists.LUKE 16:19-3119 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am
tormented in this flame.25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.In this passage, we have a very vivid illustration of man’s three parts: spirit, soul, and body.Notice that verse 22 says, “the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.” Who was carried away? The beggar—not his body—was carried away. His spirit is the real person. His body was put into the grave, but he was in Abraham’s bosom.The rich man also died. His body was put into the grave, but “in hell HE lift up his eyes.” And, although Abraham’s body had been in the grave for many years, the rich man saw him.Also, the rich man recognized Lazarus. Therefore, in the spirit realm, man’s appearance is similar to his appearance in this life. You can recognize him. You can
The Heart of Man 45know who he is.When the rich man cried out to Abraham, Abraham said to him, “Son, remember….” Man is a spirit and he has a soul. We see in this Scripture that his soul is still intact. He can still remember. He still has emotion. He is concerned about his five brothers.I Went to HellI always have been interested in this realm because, as I have preached many times, I went to hell. It was on April 22, 1933, Saturday night at 7:30, in the south bedroom of 405 North College Street in the city of McKin-ney, Texas. Just as Grandpa’s old clock on the mantelpiece struck 7:30, my heart stopped within my bosom and I felt the circulation cut off down at the end of my toes and all the way up to my heart.Then I had the sensation of leaping out of my body. I knew I was out of my body, yet I was no less man than when I was in my body.I began to descend. Down, down, down I went, as if I were going down into a pit or well. I looked up and I could see the lights of earth far above me. The farther down I went, the darker it became. Finally, darkness encompassed me; darkness darker than any night man has ever seen; darkness so dense it seemed that with a knife a piece could be cut out of it. And the farther down I went, the hotter it became. It was stifling.My mind, my soul, was intact. I thought of life, and my entire past came up before me.Still descending, I saw down before me fingers of light playing on the wall of darkness. I saw out in front of me a
giant orange flame with a white crest. Then I came to the gate, the entrance, or the portals of hell itself.A creature of some kind met me when I reached the bottom of the pit. Even though I knew he was by my side, I didn’t look at him. My gaze was riveted on hell. During the descent, I had intended to put up a fight, if I could, to keep from going in. At the entrance I paused momentarily, although never coming to a complete stop.When I did that, the creature by my side took me by the arm. Now my physical body was still lying on the bed, but there is a spiritual body. That spiritual body has arms, and eyes, and ears—all the features the physical body has. The rich man said, “I am tormented in the flame.” He saw Lazarus and recognized him. Actually I could not tell any difference in myself, except that I could not contact the physical and I was not living in the physical realm.Bible scholars agree that Paul was talking about his own experience when he wrote, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth😉 such an one caught up to the third heaven” (2 Cor. 12:2). I know what Paul meant when he said that he didn’t know if he was in the body, or out of the body.Just as that creature took me by the arm to escort me in, a voice spoke. It was a male voice. I heard it as it boomed and echoed. I could not understand what the voice said, as it spoke in a tongue other than English. But when He said whatever He said (from six to nine words), that whole place shook and quivered like a leaf in the wind.Then that creature took his hand off my arm and something like a suction, an irresistible pull to my back,
The Heart of Man 47without turning me around, pulled me away from the entrance of hell, back through the shadows of the pit, and I came up head first to the porch outside that south bedroom. Just for a second I knew that I was standing on the porch. Then I went right through the wall. (Material things have no effect on spiritual things.) I seemed to leap inside my body. Back inside my body, I could contact the physical again.To my grandmother, who had held my head in her lap and bathed my face with a cool, damp cloth, I said, “Granny, I’m dying.”"Son, I thought you were gone."As I felt myself slipping away again I said, "I’m going again and I won’t be back this time."The entire scene was repeated three times.Shortly after this experience, as I began to pray, I was saved—born again.And four months later, on August 16, 1933 at 1:30 in the afternoon, again I knew I was dying. My youngest brother was standing beside my bed and I told him to get Mother quickly.Just as Momma came into the room, I had the same sensation I’d had before. But this time I was saved! As I leaped out of my body and left it, I began to ascend. This time I didn’t go down; I went up.Our old-fashioned house had high ceilings and when I got up to about where the roof of the house should have been, approximately 16 feet above the bed, my ascent stopped and I seemed to stand there. I was fully conscious and knew everything that was going on.Looking back into the room, I saw my body lying on
the bed and my mother stooped over it holding my hand in hers. (She told me later that I had held her hand in a death-like grip.) But I had left my body, and I could not speak to my mother to tell her good-by.Then I heard a voice and I looked up. I saw no one, but I heard a male voice. I don’t know whether it was Jesus, an angel, or who it was, but I know it was an emissary of heaven. This time the voice did not speak in a foreign tongue, but in English."Go back. Go back. Go back. You can’t come yet. Your work on earth is not done."When those words were spoken, I began to descend and I came back into my body.And back inside my body I said, “Momma, I’m not going to die now.” She thought that I wasn’t going to die at that moment, but I meant that I was not going to die at all then. I meant that I was going to live my life out and do the work of God.But I stayed in that bed almost 12 months to the day before I received my healing. For, even though it was the will of God for me to live, He couldn’t make an exception of me. I had to receive my healing just as anyone else does, and it took me 12 months to see it.You see, I waited there all those months for Him to heal me, and He was waiting on me to receive the healing He’d already provided. If you are waiting for Him to heal you, you’re just wasting your time. However, if you will begin to appropriate your healing and receive that which He has already wrought for you—you will get it.2 CORINTHIANS 5:l;6-81 For we know that if our earthly house of this
The Heart of Man 49tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight🙂8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.The body of man was made with hands, the inward man was not. When our body is put into the grave, we still have a building with God not made with hands.Who is going to be absent from the body? We are (verse 6). Who is going to be present with the Lord? We are (verse 8). The Bible speaks of the inward man as being the real man—the real you.PHILIPPIANS 1:21-2421 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.22 But if I [the inward man] live in the flesh [the body], this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.Paul is saying here, "It’s left up to me. I don’t know whether I’m going to choose to go on living here for a while or to die."Some people say, "Oh, that’s all in the hands of God."No! it’s in your hands. Many have missed it, thinking they were leaving it up to God as to whether or not they died, little realizing they were actually leaving it up to the devil. The devil is the author of death, not God.
Paul died exactly when he wanted to die. He said, “I don’t know which I am going to choose.” He did not say, “I don’t know what God’s will is,” or “I don’t know what God is going to choose for me,” or "I’m just praying that the will of the Lord be done."No! That’s where we miss it. Paul said, "I [the inward man] don’t know whether I shall choose to stay here [in the flesh] a while or whether I shall choose to go on."The inward man (the spirit) is the real man. God is a Spirit. He became a man, for Jesus was God manifested in the flesh living in a human body. He took on a physical body, yet when He did He was no less God than He was before He had a physical body. Even so, when man leaves his physical body at death, he is no less man than he was when he had his physical body. This was true of the rich man; it was true of the beggar Lazarus; it was true in my own experiences.It is the inward man (the spirit) who contacts and knows God. We cannot know God through our human knowledge, through the mind. God is only revealed to man through the spirit. And when I say “through the spirit” I am not referring to the Holy Spirit, but to man’s spirit. It is the spirit of man that contacts God, for God is a Spirit.Jesus has a physical body—a flesh-and-bone body—but not flesh and blood. You recall that after His Resurrection He appeared to the disciples and they were frightened and supposed they had seen a spirit (a ghost). Jesus said to them, “Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). He asked them if they had any meat. They gave Him a piece of broiled fish and a honeycomb, and He ate it before them.
The Heart of Man 51And then there was the time when Peter said, “I’m going fishing,” and the others went with him. Suddenly they saw Jesus standing on the shore. He spoke to them and they went to Him. He had fish on the fire and He ate with them.Yes, Jesus has a physical body right now—a resurrected, flesh-and-bone physical body.God is a Spirit. (Notice that I did not say, “God is spirit.” Some think God is spirit, and that that means He is a sort of impersonal influence. No, God is a Spirit.) However, the fact that God is a Spirit does not mean that He has no shape or form in the spiritual realm, because He does.Angels are spirits, the Bible says, and they have a form or a spirit body.In the Old Testament, the prophet of God prophesied deliverance when the city was besieged, and everyone laughed at him because they were in starvation, hunger, and famine. Even his servant reprimanded him, so Elisha prayed, “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17).Elisha wasn’t talking about his servant’s physical eyes, but his spiritual eyes. When the eyes of his spirit were opened, he saw angels of fire, horses and chariots of fire all around the city!And sometimes, as God wills, angels have the ability to take form or appearance in the material realm where we can see them—but only as He wills.The Bible says that God talked to Moses face to face; so we know He has a face. A cloud was there, however, and Moses could not see God’s face, for God said, "Thou