Multiplication In The Image Of God

Series: Other Speakers

Sun am 27 February 2011 – Shane Egypt

1 Sam.30:10 Judges 7:8; Heb. 3:15; Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 6:1-22;  Heb. 11:7; Gen. 11:1-9; Dan. 2:26-45; John 12:24; Dan. 2:44; Dan.  4:30-32; John 12:24; John 17:21

Let each and every son in this house come to the place where he says, “I want to be part of that company that goes and fetches the spoils so that the body of Christ can benefit.”

We are talking about multiplication in the image of God. God will bless the original formula for multiplication when man was created in His image and His likeness. He would not have said to them “multiply” unless they were an exact representation of His nature. We have developed many ways to multiply and make things grow, but does it carry the blessing of God if it is not an exact representation of His nature? We need to get to the point where we realise that other formulas and programmes may not necessarily carry the Father’s blessing. Ultimately God wants to fill the earth with Himself in the many-membered body of Christ.

God used Noah to raise a standard in the earth. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness, which is according to faith (Heb. 11:7).

What happens when man tries to multiply without representing God? Look what happened at the tower of Babel. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” (Gen 11:1-7). God could not bless this oneness because their focus was to make a name for themselves. Where was the image and likeness of God in this ‘unity’?

“The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’ Where is the image and likeness of God? Where is the acknowledgement that God exists? “While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.‘ (Dan. 4:30-32).

“In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever (Dan. 2:44). This is a prophetic picture of the Kingdom of God, the standard.

How will true multiplication take place? “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24). This is the multiplication that the Word of God is clear about that will have the stamp of approval from God.

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 (John 17:21). This is the original plan. Christ in us the hope of glory, Him fully formed within us, in His likeness and image.

May Christ be fully formed in us! The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. We want to be the generation that believes in our hearts, to bring to conclusion this age in the image of His likeness.