Sun am 6 December 2009 – Kobus Swart
Luke 3:38; John 17:22; John 1:29; Jude 1:5; Gen. 10-11; Rev. 17:5; Jer. 52:28-30;
1 John 2:12-14; Rom. 8:14, 19; Heb. 5: 12-14; Rom. 10:9 Josh. 1:2;
Mal. 4: 6; John 4:31-34
God’s ultimate intention was to have sons of God. The whole frustration in Christendom is in the lack of understanding of what God’s original intention for mankind was and still is: The Son Jesus Christ in His corporate son. The emphasis is shifting rapidly to the corporate; away from individualism and it is going to affect every sphere of our Christian walk. The new wine is in the cluster. God is going to deal heavily with relationships in the Kingdom. The Kingdom operates in relationships; it does not operate in a vacuum. Perfection comes in the corporate. Jesus said, “That they may all be ONE…I have given them My glory”, it is not to an individual.
To have your sin forgiven makes you a child of God, and many people stop there. However, we must be in motion; pilgrims walking with God. “Walk” means movement, growth, expansion. We are waiting for the announcement from heaven, “This is my beloved (corporate) Son.”
Babylonian captivity represents “religion”. So many people are born again, start their Christian journey, but then fall into a religious pattern. Babylon is man’s way to build a name for himself and to prevent people from scattering. We as Kingdom citizens are called to come out of Babylon. We will join hands as we migrate to full maturity. There were three migrations out of Babylonian captivity. Soon after the foundations of the new temple were laid, they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles. This Feast will be finally fulfilled when the Body has reached full stature and God is going to fill this corporate temple with His Presence.
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one (1 John 2:12-14). You determine and be truthful, ask yourself, “Where am I? Am I still a child? Am I a son already?” The whole of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God.
At no time should a true believer stagnate (Zeph. 1:12). Spiritual growth should continue at all times.
But solid food (meat) is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:14). The key is in the word ‘practice’ or ‘walking it out’.
There are many Christians in the wilderness, out of Egypt but not yet into the Promised Land; saved from but not yet saved unto.
“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel (Josh. 1:2). Moses was a strong powerful leader. The time came for the people of Israel to refocus from Moses to Joshua. Moses was out front, doing everything himself but Joshua was found in the midst of his brethren. The time for super leaders is past. The Lord wants a family, a household. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Josh. 1:8). You must listen to the Word, you don’t pull the foundation out, but now He says,“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses (Josh. 1:3). The only way he could walk into this future and prosper was to meditate on the word that God had given through Moses their father.
Walking with God is more than just meditating on the Word. We now have to move in the Word, we have to walk the Word out. If we do not walk the Word out, we will remain children. My food (meat) is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish (finish) His work (John 4:34). We are called to be a finishing generation with a finishing mindset. The corporate son, the one that will cross the finishing line, will not be an individual but a corporate man. It will include those who have made the transition and whose meat is to do the will of the Father.
As we approach the corporate Son in His fullness, we must switch from just “coming to Church” to being a people who walk and do the will of the Father. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Rom. 8:14). The Word “led” means there’s a driving force within. To be led is to be driven by the Spirit. The Sons of God will be known by the fact that they are driven by the Spirit of God; it’s not passivity but a motivated walk with God.