Series: Sonship, Holy Spirit
Sun am 22 August 2010 – Kobus Swart
(Gen. 3:8-11); Col. 1:13; Heb. 10:14; Psalms 144:12; Heb. 5:12-14; Rom. 7:5-7, 23-25; Rev. 21:7; Rom. 8:1-4, 6-8, 9-19; 1 Cor. 15:50; 1 John 2:16; 1 Cor.6:19; 1 Thess. 5:23
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom 8:29).
God instructed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, “… from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden… You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.” (Gen 3:3). The spirit inside Adam died when they disobeyed God. In Christ the curse on humankind is broken. When we are born again our spirit comes alive. This is not, however, where it ends.
Salvation is an ongoing expanding experience. Every experience in God is of an expansive nature. Not even the infilling of the Holy Spirit is a once only experience. Your spiritual growth from that point onwards depends on your submission under a new government (the kingdom of His beloved Son) and willingness to be led by the Spirit of God instead of being led by the dictates of the flesh. From Christ’s perspective the once for all sacrifice is complete (Heb. 10:14); from our side we are in a process of being sanctified. This young generation does not have to take ages to mature spiritually. “Your sons shall be like plants grown up in their youth” (Ps. 144:12).
To be saved to the uttermost is our goal; to overcome completely the impulses of the soul. Your soul includes your heart, desires, mind and will. The battle at the moment is intensifying because of the urgency to see the manifestation of the sons of God in the earth. That is why “being saved” is taking longer than we thought initially. The focus of Word ministry is to equip God’s people so that they can grow spiritually unto the full stature. The soul within us must live in subjection to the spirit-man.
“ For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter” (Rom. 7:5-6). When you live under the law your weaknesses are exposed and brought to the surface but no solution is offered. Legalism from the Christian pulpit has not helped anybody to overcome the sin problem. It has helped people sweep it under the carpet but it has not dealt with the root problem of the sin nature. Sin-consciousness is the result.
In this apostolic season, dominion grace is highlighted by grace carriers (sent ones), equipping believers to walk as overcomers – another word for sonship. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” (Rev. 21:7) This should be our desire, “I want to be a mature son of God.”
“But I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin, which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Here is a dispensational transition from the Law to Christ. (Rom. 7:23-25). “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Rom. 8:1-2). It does not make sense to talk about this lofty revelation of sonship if we cannot deal with the root issues; we either walk according to the flesh or according to the spirit.
The flesh can be the physical body, the fleshly nature, or the reasoning and machinery of the mind. That is why there is such an emphasis in this season on the renewal of our minds. Without the renewal of the mind there is no transformation. (Rom.12.) We need the renewal of the mind and the power of the Spirit. I am looking to the Lord for a visitation of the Holy Spirit like never before, in our worship, in our meetings, in our lives. We want an accurate “present truth” experience of the Holy Spirit in our midst. If we have an authentic born again experience, we have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is referred to as first fruits of the spirit which means there is more to come.
Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. There is a time coming when the Spirit of Him that raised Jesus from the dead will quicken our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11). Don’t mistreat or pollute this temple of the Holy Spirit. Too many believers are still too careless about their physical bodies. There is going to be a generation that will be saved spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23).
I believe it is possible to live a gloriously sinless life! But we also have to realize that it is never impossible to sin. But if we sin we have an advocate in Jesus. He is our Intercessor! God is going to lay His finger on things in our lives; will you be willing to lay it on the altar? If we can get a glimpse of the prize of what sonship means, nothing will be too much to lay on the altar. Don’t judge the future by the past; it has taken us thousands of years to reach where we are; but it can take days to reach the other end.
Remember: “… all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God “(Rom. 8:14).