Sun am 4th April 2010 – Sam Soleyn
John 14:15-18; Eph. 3:14-15; Matt. 6:9-10; Heb. 8:5; Heb. 9:8; Matt. 27:50-51; Gen. 12:2; Gen. 22:18; Eph. 4:10-14; John 17:21-23; (Joshua 6 & 7); Rom. 8:19
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18).
Jesus was not about to leave us in the same way He found us. We have come to the state of being orphans; we have been orphaned in our great father Adam. The entire structure of the body of Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit to us, is to make sure that we are not left in the condition in which He found us when He came. I am confident that the work of the Spirit of God will prepare sons to the Father so we are restored to the Father and we make our way home.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name…” (Eph 3:14 –15). The family of God is simultaneously in heaven and here on earth, and He is the Father of the same family. He will not be our Father when we get to heaven. He is our Father now. That is why He said you may pray, “‘Our Father who is in heaven…” while they were standing on the earth. He restored us to the Father who is the Father of the family, whether the family is found in heaven or on earth (Matt. 6:9-10). The order that governs the family in heaven is the same order that governs the family in the earth. It is one family and you do not have two heads to one family. God is preparing a people now by this revelation and the accompanying administration to show forth the excellence of heaven itself in the earth.
You are already in that portion of heaven that is available for your entrance in the earth. You do not first make it to the Kingdom of Heaven from heaven; you cannot get into the Kingdom of Heaven from heaven because the front door is on the earth. Our access into heaven begins in the earth because the access is not just into the domain of heaven, the access is into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Kingdom is a form of rule. When you refer to Kingdom, you are not so much referring to a place as much as you are referring to a basis of power and rule. Adam came from heaven, he was given a spirit from God. Because his body was fashioned from the dust of the earth he is referred to as the man from earth, but the spirit of the man came out of the person of his Father God. He came with the culture of heaven into the earth. All of human society was established around the rule of the father and it has continued until this very day. It is time that we become reacquainted with the order of the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth. It is not the same as the order of mankind because it is a divine order. The purpose for this Divine Order is that it is meant to give place and demonstration to the truth of The Father Himself, to put on display the nature of God the Father. The goal of the order of the Kingdom of Heaven is to put the glory of the Father on display in the earth, as it is in Heaven. When this order is perfected in earth the result will be that men will glorify Jesus and by that glorify the Father.
It is not just enough to know what the thing is not, you must also know what it is, and beyond that you must know why it is that way. The administration of one generation versus another will be a different administration because it is an unfolding picture. It starts out in seed form but is meant to manifest as a forest.
I say to the young people here this morning, it is not so much our privilege to watch you and see you come up; it is our primary task to prepare the way of your coming up. The next generation will see the fulfilling of the greater glory of the things of which we are now speaking. We are like those running a relay race. As the youth matches us step for step; that is when we hand over the baton to them. We are anxious that we may hand it over knowing that this thing will continue mightily in their generation.
We are moving now from the season of types and shadows to the reality, moving from the season of the soul to the spirit, from fleshly and logical carnal understandings to divine revelation of the thing itself. As this great movement pushes its way forward, heaven and earth will move to the same rhythm, we shall see the glory of God cover the earth , for the glory of God will come out of the heavens in new manifestations into the earth.
Types and shadows were what served until the reality came. Who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “SEE,” He says, “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.” (Heb 8:5) God wanted as exact a replica as what He showed Moses on the mountain, because He wanted the shadow to accurately represent the reality, but it was still a shadow.
“The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing” (Heb 9:8). So as long as the type and shadow exist, the reality has not yet come. So He will not judge you by the economy that comes when the reality comes, He will judge you by the limitations inherent in the type and shadow. God does not require you to migrate to the reality so long as the reality is yet in heaven. This is the condemnation, that when light comes into the darkness then there is a standard for the measurement of the behaviour of men. That standard is the reality that has come, and then no one is innocent any longer. The seasons of God are about the reality replacing the shadow. When corporate repentance is called for it is because a new epoch has come, a new grace has made its way into the earth and now we must reposition our mindsets relative to that new occurring.
At the same time Jesus was crucified, they were offering a lamb in the temple. The natural and the spiritual were occurring at the same time. “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split”. (Matt. 27:50-51) It showed the type & shadow and the reality existing simultaneously. In His goodness, God did not leave the old order intact once He brought in the new order. A new Temple has arisen, not make with human hands. That order was in heaven before it came to the earth. A new order came. The problem with trying to maintain an old order when a new order has come is that there is no grace for the old order. If it is maintained, it is not maintained by the Holy Spirit, it is maintained by the sweat of your brow. And that which was once occupied by the Lord now becomes the very picture of the culture of the orphan.
It is the normal way of God, in the fullness of time to bring something that was once in heaven into the earth, and to invite His people to be formed anew in that way. So from time to time it is normal for God to upset the order that He Himself put in place.
The best picture of the order of the house that there is in the Scriptures is the order of Abraham’s house. It’s a type of the order of the house of God. It’s a type of governmental order that attends the house of God. The promise God made to Abraham consisted of two elements. 1) And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; (Gen 12:2) . 2) “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Gen 22:18).
To bring the seed, God needed to produce an entire nation so that the culture of that nation would be amenable, would be hospitable to the coming of the Seed. But the nation by itself had no relevance. The essence of the promise was the seed, not the nation. It is the Seed that gave validity to the nation. All the races of mankind came from the original son of God, Adam. The deliberate, original intention of God was to redeem all the races of His son Adam. No nation is more a son of Adam than another. If your mindset begins with Abraham, you do not see the whole picture. Everyone born of Adam, has the potential to be a son of God. The purpose for the nation of Israel was served when the Seed came. If you still look at the nation Israel you still see the type and shadow and not the reality. The reality came when the Seed came. All things changed when the Seed came. When the Seed now comes, the fullness of who He is will require a nation in which it is to be displayed. We are meant to become a holy nation, to put on display the fullness of the stature that belongs to Christ.
“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” (Eph 4:12). When every part of the body does its work, the body is built up; the work of every part enriches the whole. In the present order we have of spectators and performers, the body of Christ is not permitted to do its work. So a different order is called for, an order of fathers and sons. There is a functioning of sons that is required for the building up of the body of Christ. The intent of God by this process is to show the fullness that was in Christ through a holy nation, through a corporate man. It is impossible for us to put the fullness of the glory that is in the person of Christ on display apart from reaching the expression of the corporate man. God intends to put the fullness of the glory of Jesus Christ on display in the corporate man because Jesus asked Him to. This was consistent with the very purpose for which the Father sent the Son.
“That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me”. (John 17:21-23). Until we get there the world will continue to scorn us, and our methodologies will bring shame and contempt upon the name of The Lord Jesus Christ. The entire methodology associated with the corporate man is to fulfil the command that we love one another as He loves us. The nature of our Father is that He loves and we are partakers of this aspect of the divine nature, we are partakers so that we may grow up into the fullness of the Head and put on display the glory inherent in the nature of God.
We are taking ownership of the truths that have been given to us because a holy nation is destined to put on display the fullness of the stature that belongs to Christ. When you are being treated as a nation it matters what every individual does because the testimony of the nation resides on the shoulders of a single individual.
In the beginning of time when the orphan culture began to circulate among humanity, the question was “Where is your brother.” When we retake the culture of heaven God will ask us to give an account for our brother. The culture of the Holy nation is a heavenly culture. Every one of us carries the responsibility for the whole. Each one of us is to put on display the excellence that is present in the whole. Nobody is without value in the Kingdom of God. There is an order that focuses on the importance of the individual, not this foolishness of fellowshipping with the back of people’s heads, and being one in a cast of thousands living any way you please, without anyone knowing it or caring. This is why the House of God has fallen into ruins. It has not order than demands on the personal level an upright alignment with the principles of righteousness and truth.
Why do we need a different order? Because the one we have is not producing the result that puts on display the glory of The Lord Jesus Christ. The most fundamental arrangement of the house of God begins with a spiritual family and in this spiritual family the care and wellbeing of each individual is meant to be attended. The natural version is that you ought not to rule in the house of God until you have perfected rule in your own natural house. No more this idea of my great ministry justifying my broken character.
If you have the culture of an orphan, your house will be the house of an orphan and your children will not be your children, they will be your assets. So the most basic unit is the restoring of the presence of the heavenly Father modelled in an earthly father, who loves and cares for each one in that small, little family, and cares for them as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.
When you have ruled well in the basic unit, the units are amalgamated together into households. That’s what we call a congregation. But we are going from a congregation comprised of spectators and persons of interest to sons. That’s the movement, because the intent of God is not about fathers, but about sons. To be in a spiritual family is not to be exclusive of the rest of the Body of Christ. If we are going to save our cities, if we are going to save our nation it will begin with the restructuring of the order of families. This has to be modelled to the world by the house of God. We were given as a gift from heaven to earth to show the way of heaven in the earth. The whole creation is waiting for the sons of God.
We have the apostolic for the equipping of the saints. I do not see this as a season defined by the apostolic, although I see an apostolic order bringing back the order. The purpose of the restoration of the order is to glorify the house; to bring the house back in alignment with the original design. When that happens we will have the means to transition from the type and shadow to the reality, from the natural to the spiritual. That is the character of the age, and that will continue until the Bride is ready. There will be no distinction between the Bride in the earth and the order of heaven.