Series: Sonship

Sun am 23 July 2017 – Shane Egypt

(Heb. 2:8-9); (Phil. 2:13); Gal. 4:22; 1 Cor. 4:20; 1 Cor. 10:11; Ps. 40:6; (Rev. 18:4); (Hag. 2:23); Ezra 4:1-3; Ex. 30:24; (Zech. 4:3-10); (1 Cor. 3:10); (Rev. 11:3-6); (Matt. 17:13); Mal. 4:4-6; (Josh. 1:7); (Josh. 7:19); Rev. 1:5; Is. 11:1; Ps. 80:14b-15; (Ex. 19:6); Gal. 4:6; (Heb. 11:26); (John 12:24); (Matt. 13:18-22); (Matt. 2:15); (Acts 2:14)

The subject/teaching of sonship should never eclipse the SON. The SON cannot be taken out of the subject of sonship. The more we see Him, the SON, we see what was finished for us and who we are. The focus should not be on what we do not yet see subject to us, but we need to see Him, Jesus (Heb. 2:8-9). The vantage point should always be the finished perspective – that which was done for us. There is a fathering grace that is always in travail for the Son to come in His fullness in you and in us as a corporate body. This can only be produced by the Spirit working within us, to work and to will for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).

We see two sons were produced (Gal. 4:22). One was produced by the flesh. You know from the outset that your flesh cannot produce sonship. Leaning on the arm of the flesh only produces the illegitimate. However, the spirit of adoption produced the sons of promise. God’s way is not a matter of mere talk, it is an empowered life (1 Cor. 4:20-Msg). He has empowered us by His Spirit, producing sonship within us. The Christ you have to deal with is not a weak person outside of you, but a tremendous power inside of you. This is the Spirit that is working within us. We have a great responsibility resting upon us as the revealed sons; the SON in the sons, to direct history to its conclusion.

Now these things happened to them as an example and warning [to us]; they were written for our instruction [to admonish and equip us], upon whom the ends of the ages have come (1 Cor. 10:11 – Amp). We receive good instruction every Sunday. Two critical aspects are that they are examples for our instruction preparing us for right action and it is for the consummation (the bringing of something to a satisfying conclusion).

I do not want to venture into asking how such an empowered body as the early Church slipped into institutionalism and ended up in the dark ages. Our generation, however, is living in the last of the last days. He will give the grace and capacity to function in this age of consummation (Ps. 40:6). We need a finishing grace; the sent one laying the foundation and the same grace laying the capstone. This is what was said about the grace of Zerubbabel, the grace given in the beginning (Alpha) and the grace given at the end (Omega). The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation and his hands will finish it (Zech. 4:9). So with the instruction to rebuild, just over 42 000 migrated from Babylon under Zerubbabel. We heard, “Come out of her My people” (Rev. 18:4). Zerubbabel was called the prince of Judah, of the bloodline of David (Hag. 2:23). The systems of Babylon will try to frustrate and retard the building process. So our challenge is not new. We have nothing in common with the systems of Babylon (Ezra 4:1-3).

In the vision of Zechariah there were two olive trees; then you saw that it became two branches and pipes from the branches went into a bowl. Then from the bowl, there were seven pipes going to a candlestick. We see that the primary source is the oil. There were ingredients used in the anointing oil – myrrh, sweet cinnamon, sweet calamus and cassia. It was compounded and then mingled with the olive oil. It was the oil that activated and released the ingredient to flow together. Each and every spice was baptised with the olive oil. There was a measure for the olive oil (Ex. 30:24). The berries were pressed and the oil was mixed with the spice; that produced the anointing oil.

There were two olive trees, one on the left and one on the right of the bowl (Zech. 4:3). But it says in the book of Revelation that there are two witnesses (Rev. 11:3-6). On the Mount of Transfiguration, you see the two witnesses, Elijah and Moses (Matt. 17:13). These are two fathering graces also mentioned in Malachi 4:4-6. The word to Joshua the spiritual son of Moses was, Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you (Josh. 1:7). The Elijah grace will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children (Mal. 4:5-6). Elijah fathered Elisha. The spirit of Elijah is an apostolic spirit. In Moses, you saw the making of a son in the wilderness, the foundation blocks are laid; he was given to father a nation. So you have a succession and you also have Joshua fathering. He addresses Achan and says to him, “My son” (Josh. 7:19). A migration is always fathered by an apostolic grace producing sonship. Heaven was silent on the question of the two trees. When Zachariah asked, nothing was said about the two trees (Zech. 4:11-14). At the mount of transfiguration Jesus forbids the disciples to disclose what they saw.

What is the warning for us? We should not walk the way of a Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, and also not walk the way of Achan. It is a spirit that wants to produce the illegitimate. The pre-requisite is for us to be able to see eye to eye. What is the meaning of this for us? We need to behold the Son. He is from above and then ascribes to the Christ-centeredness of the gospel because He is the centre of everything. Everything points to Him who was from the beginning, from everlasting to everlasting. The two witnesses become one faithful witness, Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead (Rev. 1:5).

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit (Isa. 11:1). Take care of this vine, Even the shoot which Your right hand has planted, And on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself (Ps. 80:14b-15). The word ‘branch’ there is ‘son’ or ‘builder of the family name’. Then the son is both king and priest, Jesus Christ. So what is our mandate? Paul describes Himself as a master builder, an apostolic grace. He has been endowed with laying a foundation which is Jesus Christ, the Son (1 Cor. 3:10). And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba Father!” (Gal. 4:6). We need to allow the Spirit to work His will in us to have Christ fully formed within us. ‘Fully formed’ equates to mature sonship. However, the power only works to the degree that we allow it to work. We need to align ourselves with the plumb line, the pattern Son, Jesus.

Moses considered the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward (Heb. 11:26). What is the reward? God’s ultimate plan has always been: unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it will never be any more than a grain of wheat (John 12:24). What is the reward? To be called a son. We are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices in the building process. He is a thief and he wants to destroy the seed (Matt. 13:18-22).

The oneness God is moved by is that which is produced by the Spirit. Peter together with the eleven stood and arose among the brothers – also depicts oneness (Acts 2:14). The Son in the sons!

We need to run this race realizing the finishing part that we are going to play in perfecting those who died in the faith without having received the promise. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us so that apart from us they would not be made perfect (Heb. 11:39-40). We have a finishing part to play. We need to run this race with endurance knowing that we can direct this day to its conclusion. We have received the grace; the foundation and the end by the same grace. We are not running for ourselves only. We are in a race to complete the corporate picture, from every tribe, tongue and nation before the throne. God’s intention is to bring us to full stature in His Son. So let the ceaseless oil, the Spirit of God, the primary Source, flow and produce the spirit of adoption which has been shed in our hearts – the Spirit of sonship.