Apostle Grace Lubega
John 1:30 (AMP); This is He of Whom I said, After me comes a Man Who has priority over me [Who takes rank above me] because He was before me and existed before I did.
The spiritual world is ranked.
There are people whom God has set ahead of you in the things of the spirit, those who are at the same level with you and those who are below you.
Our theme scripture reveals that Jesus Christ was ranked above John the Baptist.
Even if John was older in the physical body than Christ, Jesus was preferred and considered as being priority over John because He was before him in the things of the spirit.
Spiritual ranks are not dependent on physical age but rather on spiritual experiences.
In this case, the scriptures consider Jesus as the ancient of days (Daniel 7:9), He who existed in the spirit even before He was physically manifested on the earth.
This informs how we ought to treat spiritual authority.
Any man above you in the spirit must enjoy a level of priority over you.
There is a higher level of honour and respect that you ought to accord them.
For example, this is reflected in the most basic actions of human life in how we ought to treat elders. Allow them your seat, if they have none. Attend to them first if they need your attention on a matter. Treat their demands as a priority because of their age.
Even so in the church of Jesus Christ, it is required to give honour relating with the anointing and with anointed of God.
However, this should not be an occasion for the anointed to abuse by demanding that people do very demeaning acts or worship to the individual as their god.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17
Any man above you in the spirit must enjoy a level of priority over you. There is a higher level of honour and respect that you ought to accord them.
PRAYER: My father, I thank you for those that you have placed in my life as spiritual authorities. I know that it is for my sake that they have gone ahead, like Jesus our forerunner went into the Holy of Holies. Their patterns are my lessons. Thank you for the grace to relate with them in revelation, understanding and to never conflict the ranks. In Jesus’ name. Amen.