Series: The Word made Flesh; God’s Ultimate Intention; Sonship
Sun am 10 September 2017 – Riaan Sinden
Phil. 2:5-8; (Isa. 6:8); (John 6:38); Hab. 2:14; Ex. 33:18-23; Exodus 34:5-7; Numbers 14:20-21; Ps. 57:5 & 11; Ps. 72:19; Ps. 108:4-5; John 1:1, 14; Heb. 1:1-3; John 6:38; John 17:20-23; (John 14:9); Col. 3:1-4; Eph. 1:18-23(NASB, Amplified & Message); Eph. 3:8-10; (Hag. 1:4); (Isa. 59:15); 2 Cor. 6:1-10 (Message)
The Word is spirit, clothed in what we call language, but when we speak you receive spirit. The unfolding plan is like a flower that is opening. We see this unfolding plan much clearer now than when we first started. There is a final picture and we are putting pieces together to one day get the final picture. God, being sovereign and mighty, who created heaven and earth and God being who He is, still decided that He is going to use us. So He invested Himself in man. He deposited Himself in man. He created us in His likeness and in His image. We were created with the ability and the capacity to house the incalculable majesty of who God is. It is important to know this as God is building His Church. Each one of us has a part to play, and were created with a purpose. The master plan for your life forms part of the final plan that God has for His Church. Ultimately God is going to fill all in all. We have been pre-destined to adoption as sons before the foundation of the world and we are urged to remember a time when we were conceived in the mind of God and run this race with endurance. God is going to take His Church and put it on display for the whole world to see: “This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased”. We are partakers in this final unfolding plan. Remember partakers, not spectators; we need to be aligned to what God is doing right now. This is not a time to sit back and relax. Life is a starting block and we have not run the race yet.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil. 2:5-8). Jesus was the only one God could send. He said, “Send Me” (Isa. 6:8). He emptied Himself and took on the identity of a bondservant. This amazing humility! The same God who created heaven and earth, who holds the world in His hands, and who created you and me, has deposited Himself in us. The same God emptied Himself and took on the identity of a bond-servant. When He emptied Himself He gave up all His privileges that He had in heaven when He was with His Father. He gave up everything to come and lay down His life for you. This is the first example we need to follow, emptying ourselves. We do this by the transformation of our minds (Rom. 12:2) as this is the thing that stands in the way of our coming into fullness. Jesus said “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38). Whose will are we doing? Are we living to do God’s will or are we living to have our own programs? Doing the will of God should be the attitude of every believer. The true Church never represents itself but represents the One who sends them. That is why we are called an apostolic people because we do not represent ourselves, we represent the One who sends us. We do not speak what we want to speak, but we speak God’s Word. We do not do the things we want to do, we do the will of God. The upside of all this is that we stand in the authority of who He is, in the authority of God. We do not live in our own authority, because we have emptied ourselves. We are living a life in the authority of God. This is what it means to be an apostolic people. We must subject ourselves to the will of God and submit to Christ and we must become bond-servants (love slaves) to His will. We do not do it for money or anything else, but we do it out of love.
What does God want to do? What is the unfolding plan and what is the final picture? I do not know the answer but I can give one piece of the puzzle: God is going to fill the whole earth with His glory (Hab. 2:14). That glory is a people who are living out His character and His nature. God will fill this earth with His glory and He chose us to be the vehicle. Moses asked the Lord, “Show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18-23). Then God comes and shows His glory to Moses (Exodus 34:5-7). What was the glory? God proclaiming His Word, proclaiming His nature, proclaiming His character, showing who He is. God revealed His glory to Moses but Moses only saw in part. The reason why Moses only saw in part is because it was only him, the earth was not covered with it. Moses saw it. The rest of the Israelites were down in the valley, they did however see Moses’s face shining.
When God wanted to kill some of the Israelites, Moses intervened. Moses reminded God of who He is, His character and His nature. So the Lord said, “I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Numbers 14:20-21). For the first time God told Moses it was not only going to be for him. He was going to fill the whole earth with His Glory. Read also Ps. 57:5 & 11; Ps. 72:19; Ps. 108:4-5.
For the first time in John 1:1 & 14 we actually see it is not just God showing His glory, now the glory came in the form of a Man. We beheld His glory. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory (Heb. 1:1-3), just like the moon does not really shine, but it reflects the sun. When you see the beautiful moon, it is just reflecting the sun. Jesus became the radiance of God. He is reflecting who God is and in that He is an exact representation of the One who sent Him. Radiance means there is a source from which it comes. Radiation always goes outwards, it moves away from the source into the environment. That is why Jesus said, For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (John 6:38). He is radiating God’s will. The glory that John is talking about is God’s glory. God is the source and the Son is radiating the character and nature of God. It was the Father’s glory that was made available to the Son.
What Jesus did and what was given to Him, He invested in us so that we can become one, so that the world will believe (John 17:20-23). That is the picture of the corporate Son. Come into the oneness so that the world will see and believe. This glory that Jesus had was transferred to us. The responsibility now rests on us to live out this glory. Jesus did His part, He is not coming back to do it again. It is the corporate Son that needs to take up their place and we cannot do it in our own will. Do not try to do it in your own authority. We have been deputised, sent by the King of kings, we are an apostolic people. How we live our lives will be the reflection of God’s glory. The things that we do and the things that we say, wherever we are will be the reflection of God’s glory. Our lives must echo the words of Jesus when He said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). This will be the clearest picture of the Word made flesh, demonstrated by the corporate Son. Not only is God in us, but we must also allow God to live through us. The world needs to see this.
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4). It is Christ who will be revealed when people look at us. They will not see us, they will see Christ. He is the pattern Son. We do not live to do things for God, but it is God who lives in us to do His good will. As soon as we do things for God it normally ends up in religion, but if God lives through us then He is being revealed. The corporate Son is the radiance of God’s glory. This is the heart of God that He wants to be accurately manifested in His people. When Christ is revealed in the corporate Son then the world will see a clear manifestation of God’s glory in the manner we express His mercy, His grace, His longsuffering, His goodness and truth, His forgiveness, His judgement and His authority.
Ultimately God wants to fill all in all (Eph. 1:18-23 NASB & AMP & MSG). How is He going to do it? The fullness of Him who fills all in all through the Church, the corporate Son! I do not think we understand the magnitude of God’s plan for His Church. The full measure of God lives in us, in the Church, in the corporate Son. We were created with the ability and the capacity to house the incalculable majesty of who God is. He does not just want to live in us; He wants to live through us. The ‘I Am’ is busy coming forth in the true Sons. This means the death of me and the life of Him in me. God’s plan does not include an inactive Church. There is participation required from us.
The ‘logos’ (the Word made flesh) was given to us, the ‘rhema’, so we can make known the manifold wisdom of God to rulers and authorities in heavenly places (Eph. 3:8-10). This should give us a new understanding of spiritual warfare.
The corporate Son being the radiance of His glory will display His manifold wisdom to the whole universe. This is how God is going to fill all in all. Nothing will be excluded from His plan. Angels and even demons will know who God really is by looking at the Church. This shows the importance of the Church coming to the full stature of Christ. We cannot continue to dwell in our own little panelled houses while the house of the Lord lies in ruins (Hag. 1:4).
The whole universe will see who God is when they look at us. God is raising a standard and that standard is His corporate Son. The corporate Son will be like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives (Isa. 59:15). The heavenly father wants to put His sons on display and fill all with His all, with who He is.
God living in us is just the starting point; God living through us is the journey. Let go and let God have His way in our lives.