Sun am 6 November 2011 – Kobus Swart
Rom. 8:29; (Prov. 29:18); Eph. 1:10; Heb. 2:10-11; Isa. 66:7-9; (Col. 2:9); Rom. 8:19; Ex. 2:23-24; Rev. 13:8; Jude 5; Eph. 3:10; (John 10:16); (Luke 15:17-18, 31)
The sower sows the seed. Some seeds will fall on rocky places, some will hear the word to some extent and some will go home and forget what it was. There are those who absorb the word, hear it and allow it to penetrate the inner person, allow it to divide between soul and spirit, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Where there is no vision (revelation) the people perish (Prov. 29:18), meaning they are naked. Revelation is not a mental collection of new principles and truths. Impartation writes revelation on your heart.
One of the biggest dangers Christians face is thinking inside the proverbial religious box. They have a frame of reference, based on a certain paradigm and understanding within that religious box. We link what we expect to happen next to what we have experienced before. We want to see things happen within a building and within a church service. It will be wonderful if something happens while we worship God, but if that’s going to make us more bound to the building, then I think it has not served its purpose. Ideally, Church is not made for its members but for outsiders.(Nicky Pffeifer)
God had, and still has, a plan for humanity. His first born Son became the Pioneer of this new humanity. For the one who makes men holy and the men who are made holy share a common humanity. So that he is not ashamed to call them his brothers (Heb. 2:11 – Phillips).
Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. “Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God (Isa. 66:7-9). That was the Son, the First born, the eldest brother, Jesus. Before she travailed, she gave birth to a manchild – there‘s the Son. In the birthing process, the head appears first. Religion has deified Jesus to such an extent that it gave humanity no hope to ever be like Him. Yes, the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in Him bodily (Col. 2:9), but religion has taken the head disconnected from the body. What follows the head? The body! Jesus is the head of a many-membered body. Can a land be born in one day? You can also say there, “Can the head and the body appear in one day?” Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. Why has it taken 2000 years? Religion has delayed this full stature from coming forth. Creation is in travail waiting for the sons to be manifested. The Son, the Head has been manifested, He walked the earth. Now creation is in travail. Let the sons come forth! Let the Son be manifested in the sons!
The next great move of God can perhaps be named “the final (new) exodus of humanity”. The exodus as described in the book of Exodus took place after 430 years of enslavement. In year 390, Moses killed a man and hid him in the sand because of what had been done to his people. Moses must have sensed the call to become a sent one, a deliverer, but he did not wait for the commissioning; he didn’t wait for the mandate. What was the result? He had to flee for his life and only 40 years later he received the commission. It was 430 years instead of 400 years because of that one incident. Another contributing factor was that the Lord heard the cry of His people. Run a parallel between the exodus from Egypt and the exodus we are anticipating and is busy happening now. There is a restlessness in the earth that amounts to a cry that is reaching the throne. Bell suggestes that there is a new exodus pending. Spiritually there is something building up in humanity because conditions cannot continue as they have been.
They had to slaughter a lamb and put blood on the doorposts and then the angel came and took the first born of the households who did not have blood on the doorposts. Something similar is happening today where God brings back the revelation of the finished works of Christ Jesus. There is something that has gone wrong with the way the gospel has been preached. It has not yielded the desired results; the world is not being impacted; the “salt” is not functioning.
Revelation 13:8 talks about the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world and in the same line it talks about our names which are written in the book. When was your name written in the book of life? Your name was written in the book of life when the Lamb was slain.
Have we become too comfortable with where we are? Most Christians after their conversion fall into the trap of religious bondage. They need deliverance from religious entrapment, and that only comes by revelation. This exodus was triggered by a cry; where is the cry of God’s people? Or are they too comfortable with their religious positions?
There are a lot of groupings in the world today, but in God’s sight there are only two groups, the circumcised and the uncircumcised. In Ephesians 2 it says that God, through Jesus, through the blood, made the two groups into one. Obviously there are things that must happen along the way, discovery, an engagement, an encounter, obedience. Jesus says “I have other sheep” (John 10:16). There are two types of people, the prodigal son and the older brother. They were both sons of a father, with a household. The youngest, before he was of age, wanted his inheritance. He spent the money and his full inheritance with bad people. Suddenly the truth dawned on him, “I have a father, I am going back” (Luke 15:17-18). There are people who are running away from true church, and have wasted their inheritance. They come back with a horrible testimony, but there’s one thing in their heart that attracts the Father’s grace – true repentance. Then you get the older brother, like a typical church-goer with a grumbling older brother spirit; he never realized that everything belonged to him (Luke 15:31). Some think that by serving the Church they earn merits, but if you don’t do things as a son and as unto the Lord, you are going to burn out. There is something wrong in their serving attitude and their serving heart. All they need to hear from the father is, “My child, all this belongs to you” (Luke 15:31). Jesus came and made the two into one sonship family.