Series: The Kingdom of God, Sonship
Sunday am 2 July 2017- Kobus Swart
Matt.16: 13-20; (Luke 5:12-14); Eph. 1:5-6; (Isa. 9:6); Prov. 3:1-2, 11-12; Prov. 6:23-24; Prov. 12: 1; Prov. 13: 1-2; Prov. 15:5-6, 32; Prov. 19:18, 27; Prov. 23:12-14; Heb. 12:6; (John 20:21); (John 18:6); John 5:43; (John 17:21); John 14:23; (Col. 1:27); 1 John 4:7-11, 17-21
God’s original plan is still His ultimate intention! I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to get a fresh revelation of the meaning of “SONSHIP”. It has a deeper meaning than we know.
The Church was never to be built on Peter, in fact, the Church was not to be built upon any individual (Matt. 16:13-20). Jesus is building His Church on the rock, which comprises all the chips put together into one, the corporate. And that means upon those who have a personal revelation of who Christ is! And to this man, the corporate, He will give the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. Why are we not seeing the effective use of the keys of the kingdom in today’s Church? Why is the spiritual temperature not rising? God will not hand the keys of His Kingdom where there is the absence of this oneness. God was deeply impressed by the unity in the building of the tower of Babel and had to destroy it. But now God is waiting to be impressed by true oneness in His Church to such extent that God will identify with that oneness. Unfortunately many church structures today exist only to make a name for themselves.
Jesus never wanted to become famous. What do we see in the Church for the last 40 years? We see advertising of miracles, just the opposite of what Jesus did (Luke 5:12-14). God is looking for stealth apostolicity, grace carriers that will actually fly “above the radar”, not to make a name for themselves but to see the Church become one on the foundation of Christ. That is going to mean a head-on collision with the Babylonian spirit. God is looking for a SON, a son in the sons, the corporate SON. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved (Eph. 1: 5-6). We have been predestined to sonship. Unfortunately, it has been watered down in this season. Sonship has become locked into (and limited) the father-son relationship, which is also Biblical, but in many networks, it has been emphasised to a place of error. We need to bring correction – the truth in balance. The word ‘son’ in Greek is ‘huios’. When you are born again you are still a child, ‘teknon’ but when you become mature you become a son, ‘huios’. So we are on a road of spiritual growth. You cannot just be born again and wait to go to heaven. God requires of His people to grow. For that to happen we have to get off milk to get solid food. If you continue to eat milk (spiritually), you will not grow to maturity. Jesus said, “I will build my church”, but if you listen carefully, you will also hear the words “Let us”. Throughout the Bible, we are called co-workers, participators with God, not spectators. Paul never used the word ‘discipleship’; he used the term ‘sonship’ which also implies discipleship. Jesus had twelve disciples but Jesus is also referred to as a father (Isa. 9:6). So the disciples also became sons.
The thing most of us do not like is DISCIPLINE. If you want to grow into sonship you can expect discipline. Where there is no discipline there is no spiritual growth. My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord. Or loathe His reproof, For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. (Prov. 3:11-12); For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life. To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress (Prov. 6:23-24); Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid (Prov. 12:1); A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. From the fruit of a man’s mouth, he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence. (Prov. 13: 1-2); A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible. Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. (Prov. 15:5-6); He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding (Prov. 15:32); Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death (Prov. 19:18); Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Prov. 19:27); Apply your heart to discipline. And your ears to words of knowledge. Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol (Prov. 23:12-14). This is speaking to us in the natural as well as in the spiritual. God has a way of disciplining his sons. For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives (Heb. 12:6). God looks upon us as His sons. The discipline on the one will be different from the discipline on another person. We are all different.
Moses had a calling on his life before he was born. For the first 40 years of his life he was trained in the palace, then he became self-willed, killed an Egyptian and he had to flee into the desert for 40 years. It took 40 years for God to deal with Moses’ self-will, to train him for his ultimate calling! Sometimes we do not understand why we are going through things, but it is because God has predestined us for sonship. We can put the brakes on and take another detour or we can flow with God’s plan and grow spiritually. Jesus will build His Church on those who have a revelation of the great I AM.
God knew all along that Moses had a powerful role to play, a powerful commissioning to lead all Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Moses had to have a God-encounter. When God sent him to deliver His people, Moses asked God, “Who shall I say sent me?” A sent one is an apostle; to be sent is to be apostolic. Moses was called to be apostolic. You represent the one who sent you, not yourself! The one who ultimately commissions and sends is the great “I AM”. Jesus released the substance of I AM when they came to look for Him (John 18:6). Jesus said, “As I was sent, so I am sending you (John 20:21) I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him (John 5:43) That is how gullible the world is. But we like Moses need an encounter with the “I AM”. Jesus is praying for oneness (John 17:21). He is talking about an interpenetration of God and man. If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him (John 14:23). Is it possible for you and me as mature sons to be sent ones in today’s world? The I AM, Jesus in us, is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:7-11). By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also (1 John 4:17-21). What should we reflect? How will people know we are disciples of Christ? As we love one another. Take this to heart. The Church needs to demonstrate agape love. This will not happen in a Babylonian system. We need the Body of Christ who loves one another; by this, the world will take note that we are His disciples! We have been predestined to Sonship!