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?
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 Timothy 3:16]
Hear, See, Move . . .
According to Revelation 1:10 John heard. We can expect to hear when we are in the Spirit. This is not natural hearing but supernatural. We will hear the Voice of God. This is that same Voice that walked in the Garden with Adam.
There is also a supernatural sense of being able to see. Revelation 4:2 recounts that John saw “a throne” and One sitting “on the throne.” The grace (gift) of Discerning of spirits includes the seeing of various things in supernatural realms. Many are the Scriptural accounts of such occurrences of supernatural sight. Many times these experiences are so clear that one does not know if the seeing is natural or supernatural.
Ezekiel 37:1; Revelation 17:3 and 21:10 also reveal to us that we may expect to move in the Spirit. Each records that the person involved was carried away in the spirit to another place (realm) where certain things were seen and/or heard.
Might we still have these experiences today?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
We are safe in the Spirit. There is absolutely no reason to fear the supernatural when we are in the everlasting arms of God. Seek Him; not the experiences. Seek Him with all that you are. Then hold on as He draws you into the realms of God and reveals to you the hidden things.