I Was In The Spirit
John the Revelator said, “I was in the Spirit – rapt in His power – on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a great voice like the calling of a war trumpet,” [Revelation 1:10]
What, exactly does he mean, “in the Spirit?” We know that to be “born again” is to be in the Spirit and that if we will continue to “walk in the Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. [Romans 8:9; Galatians 3:3; 5:25]
Also, there is a language of the Spirit in which we are told to pray and worship. [1 Corinthians 14:2; Ephesians 6:18; John 4:23-24; Philippians 3:3]
None of these things, as wonderfully profound as they are, seem to touch what John is trying to convey to those who seek to know Jesus and the things of God more perfectly.
So then, What exactly does the term “in the Spirit” mean within the context of Revelation 1:10? Is there something that we need to know about this experience? What should we expect to happen when we are in the Spirit?
I believe the answer is found in the book of Revelation 4:1.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. Revelation 4:1 (KJV)
The Apostle John “looked,” saw (“behold”), listened (“heard”), entered (“Come up hither”), and received revelation (“I will shew thee things which must be hereafter”). Being “in the Spirit,” therefore, should allow us to connect with heaven through an open portal.
One thing is for sure, we should desire to know more perfectly all that Jesus secured for us as He “was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit and received into glory” (1 Tim. 3:16).
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