Super-Heroes of the Church

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Reading and studying the Bible one time. I realized that there's a lot of characteristics in the body of Christ that represent super heroes. This is what I got.

Submitted: March 19, 2013

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Submitted: March 19, 2013




Growing up, I have always believed that the superheros of our time were being made for a reason. Not just to fantasize that humans could have these abilities and do awesome things, but a thought deep within us that just we knew were destined to become. Going more on it, I knew that if God granted us these abilities to fly, have super strength, or be immune to bullets. Then why would we need God? So I cast the thought aside and never brought it up till a few years ago. It came up again but a friend of mine had the same thought. His direction with it was that before the fall of man. Adam and Eve may have just had these superior bodies we believe we should have now but because of sin. The human body has been fatally wounded in a way. I was talking to Amber about this to the other day, and she totally agreed. Her thoughts on the matter was that the human bodies are already an amazing creation and that there are many cases in the bible that people do incredible things. Gain super strength, make fire fall, split the waters, prophecy things before they happen, heal the sick, etc. She appointed me to read Psalm 82, the person writing the psalm to God named Asaph tells God that His children are like gods but because they are living in darkness. They will die like men. He was calling these people, "You are gods, children of the Most High." and I myself interpret this as people who had incredible "powers" but were using them for selfish ambitions. The day after that, I spoke with another friend of mine. Clair, found it ironic that I brought up this idea because she knew of a church member that had a prophetic vision of a superman like robe around this person and God was calling His church to become something greater for the world. You know how Superman would be the guy to rescue the people, defeat the evil villians, and save the world? Well she brought up Isaiah 52. God was calling Jerusalem out of their darkness and into something greater. He was telling them "to go bring good tidings, heal the sick, and go proclaim who God is." That's the difference between Superman and Jerusalem. Superman relies on himself, and Jerusalem relied on God to be "super-like". Sunday, Pastor Bryan spoke on Matthew 11  and I found this to be very relevant to what I've been talking about this week. So John needed to have confirmation that what he had been speaking came true, and so Jesus told the disciples that John sent that "The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear. The dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them." As far as I know, Jesus could of been talking about Himself doing these things and/or the fact that His disciples were also doing these things. So I started to study and journal today and here's what I got so far (open to correction):
-Think of this for only a moment: the strength, power, and abilities fictional people are created with in comics, movies, and other forms of media. What if this group of people are not just fantasy? What if someone commonly known as Superman is the archetype for what a human is suppose to be? Take Jesus as the best example,(Who is the ultimate archetype for man-kind): As He saw the Father do things during Jesus' life time, so did He do the same things (John 5:19) and these things that Jesus performed were quite "super-like". He healed the sick, calmed the storms, and made the blind see. Disregaurd the fact that Jesus is  God (without any disrespect but to look it at this in a human perspective) and know that He was acting as a man (Phillippians 1:5-7), doing all of these things through the Father.
-Through out the Bible, we see many ordinary humans becoming something "super-like" because of the sacerfice and willingness (Like Jesus) to have extrodinary faith in God. In this selfish act towards God, He replaced it with many attributes a normal human could not possibly obtain. Judges 16:28-30 stated that Samson decided to have faith in God and even in sacerficing himself, God still annointed Samson with super-human strength in order to defeat evil. Even super naturally bringing forth His own power out of us. But we are to acknowledge God in these "superhuman" like attributes. (Romans 8:14)
-We also know that we (the church, as the body of Christ) have this potential through the Holy Spirit. As Jesus explained to His disciples that when He left, He would always be with them and living in them (the Holy Spirit). Leaving them, Jesus also granted them all authority and power He controlled. (Matthew 28:18-20) But told us to use this authority and power in His name (Though people had these abilities and did these things before Jesus said this and had the concept but it did not matter because they did not choose to know Jesus). 
-Paul speaks of the church acting as the body of Christ conscerning multiple gifts each member may have through the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) Paul also explains and exhorts the authority that Christ gave to us over all  (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
-Even in these incredible gifts or abilities Christ may call out of us to obtain in His name. Paul mentioned that we should be in fellowship with one another and be like minded with Christ.(Philippians2:3-5). That we can do nothing with selfish efforts, for without Jesus we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
-In Isaiah 52, God speaks forth to Jerusalem and calls them out of what they are not, and calls them what they are to be(Verse 7). This is how the Church should look to the world.
-Psalm 82 stats that we are like God in the sense that like Him we can deliver justice, and help the people in need. Though Asaph tells God that His people that are "god-like" are walking in darkness but explaining how he is trying to call these people out of what they are and into what God called them to be, "You are gods, Children of the Most High." and eventually gives credit to God for being the true judge over these people's lives. (gods in the sense was from the word, elohim: the mighty ones.)
-To these who may be speaking the sense that as a church, we individually can be like Superman. The mentality may be wrong, we alone are just humans and because of sin, are not at all "god-like" at all. (2 Corinthians 4:7) But thanks to Jesus for anointing us with all authority in heaven and in earth. Living in each of us, through His Holy Spirit, and having faith in God alone. We can be as Jesus was and greater as He proclaims over us. (Phillippians 4:13, Galatians 3:26, 1 John 4:4. And what was the verse that Jesus said that to His disciples? I couldn't find it. Help would be nice.) 
My friend George's input: 
Superman is definitely a “type” of messiah, just like Jesus. He came from another place, sent by his father, to a world that desperately needed him. He was raised by human parents and his true identity was not revealed until later in life. The major difference is that he was not truly one of us, he was completely alien. Also if he gave his life, it would not really change us on the inside. This is actually true of all super-heroes. No matter what their powers they can only assist mankind externally, circumstantially. The reason Jesus Christ is the ultimate super-hero is that He changes us from the inside-out. He goes to the very root of our problems and distress.  The evil that we see in the natural is just a fruit of the evil intents of the heart. The fruit of wood, hay and stubble is by nature dead, and that comes from dead natures inside. Superheroes come to right wrongs, bring justice, at the most, to try to make bad people good. Jesus on the other hand does something much more heroic. He makes dead people alive.  Since we become alive because He now lives in us, we progressively become more and more like Him. He gives us super-natural abilities as He flows through us in the Holy Spirit. Spiritually, we are super-men.  All we need to do is have faith.

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