Jesus Prayed for Oneness

This article has been curated from Dr. Govender's book "EHAD: The Culture of Oneness." 

 

HEAR

In Hebrew, the word hear means to, "listen, understand, and do." If you don't do, you have not heard. This word stands out in the Shema together with the word one.

ONE

The Hebrew word for "one" is EHAD and means "united one." Jesus prayed for oneness. 

John 17:11:

Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world,  and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are (NKJV).

John 17:21:

That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me (NKJV).

John 10:30:

I and My Father are one (KJV).

 

ONENESS VERSUS UNITY

The Bible talks about oneness instead of unity. We are to be one as God is one. Unity is the combination or joining of parts into a whole. It is the opposite of being divided. The definition does not entrench character, doctrine, or purpose.

Union is the joining of two or more parts. Uniformity is overall sameness, homogeneity. Whereas, oneness is being one as God is one. Oneness entrenches character, doctrine, and purpose. 

 

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No Longer Bound By Fear

Below, artist and author, Codye Resystead invites us into the heart of the Father and the journey of our destiny. Codye's incredible artwork and prophetic words are beautifully captured in her book "Chronicles of the Treasury: Journey of Destiny."

 

My Beloved

As my beloved child, I have set aside a specific place for you, deep within My heart. Come into this place, and encounter the power of my perfect love. You are My child, My creation, My beloved one, and it is your divine inheritance to experience the fullness of My perfect love. Allow My perfect love to set you free.

Yes, My child, come to Me. Endless is My love towards you. Come. I welcome you just as you are. Be embraced in My perfect love. Stay with Me, My beloved. Abide in My embrace, in the power of My perfect love. For in this place you will know My freedom. No longer will the fear that attempts to bind you hold you captive. For in My perfect love, fear will be forced to loosen its grip and flee. For My perfect love casts out all fear. All fear must go in the presence of My perfect love for you, My beloved.

Be surrounded in My perfect love, My child, and I will cause courage to rise and fill your lungs. I will release The Spirit of Truth to come and empower your heart. Freedom will come to dwell within you, as you abide in My perfect love for you, My beloved child!

My perfect love will encompass you and empower you to travel in a new way for you will journey knowing your unknowns are not unknown to Me. You will learn to abide in My loving embrace, free from all fear, and trusting in The One who journeys with you. Enveloped in the arms of My perfect love, you will encounter Me as your divine encourager and your faithful companion. My perfect love will cause trust to rise within your heart, and I will make Myself known to you as The One who never leaves you nor forsakes you.

So, My beloved child, I give you full permission to come, dwell, and abide in My perfect love for you. Receive My love. Allow me to journey with you as Ever-Faithful Guide and Loving Father. Come and sail with Me, My beloved one, enveloped in the arms of My perfect love. I give you permission to live free from fear and all that attempts to hold you; for remember always, My perfect love casts out all fear. Dare to lay it all aside, My child. Dream with Me, for you are now free to dream again.

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We Are All On a Journey

WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY

In life, we are all on a journey.  We don’t know where the journey will end, we don’t know what the journey will hold, and we don’t know who all will be part of our journey.  Some people play a huge part in our journey while others may briefly intersect it.  Whether large or small, every person we come in contact with has an impact in our journey.  Most importantly, our journey has an impact on others.

In the day-to-day of life, it is easy to become swept up in the things and forget the people.  We live for each day and forget the big picture; the journey laid out as a whole.  Your life, your journey, and who you have become writes a story.  There is the story of You and a story in You.  Never forget the story within the journey.


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The Healing Journey

Below is an excerpt of the short story "The Healing Emporium" by Dr. Rani Samuel.  In this gripping story we read about the journey that is embroidered on every soul, the journey of healing and wholeness. This book is free in our eGen store.

 

THE HEALING EMPORIUM

‘A sense of journey is embroidered on every soul’

It was 2 a.m. and Claudia Clements’ hospital room was dark. Somehow at this inconvenient hour, her heart and mind colluded to resurrect hurt feelings that needed attention. Psychologist, Jenna David, had heard many tales of the terror of the dawn hours - the wrestling, the emotional toiling and the impossibility of a return to rest. Her twenty year old patient Claudia, also lamented about these torturous hours as well as feeling lost and adrift as a person.

‘Jenna, I don’t really see any point in being alive. I don’t want to be here and I really don’t think that I add value to anyone’s life. Last week I contacted an organization in Switzerland that will assist me in dying if you would just write a letter telling them I am in a stable frame of mind. I just don’t want to live anymore, Dr. David, please help.’ Jenna listened intently to Claudia’s all-too-familiar words of desperation and desire for escape that emanated from her tear-drenched, yet well-sculptured face. She cast her eye at the hospital patient information questionnaire and saw that Claudia used to be an art student and part-time waitress, and was repeatedly admitted for heroin addiction. Claudia wept from a core of deep wounding. Tears ran down her neck and accumulated in a spot of dampness on her psychedelic, punk-rocker T-shirt. She had heard suicidal pleas many times from patients, yet the brokenness of this woman touched something new within her. She wondered how such a young life had suffered so much already.

Claudia was tall, like the catwalk models seen on fashion TV, with an androgynous appeal. There were hints of a well-cut hairstyle but it was really hard to tell between the distraction of the rivulets of tears and her restlessness from heroin withdrawal. There were no tissues in the hospital consulting rooms today, and Jenna stood to fetch some from the nurses’ station. Perhaps this mini-break would allow Claudia to calm down, even if only for a brief moment.

On Jenna’s return, Claudia explained that she was heartbroken from the separation of the ‘absolute love’ of her life - Damian. They had lived together for the past two years in a small flat along Durban’s shoreline - The Golden Mile. Initially, moving into their own place was idyllic and Claudia thought she had finally found a place to call home. Although she was but 18 in age, she felt internally like an ‘old soul’. Life had been tough for her and this was the first sign that there were better days to come - or so she thought. Claudia grew up in a small Dutch-speaking community in the Western Cape winelands. Her dad was the local preacher as well as the primary school principal. She was the apple of his eye and felt completely loved by him. Her favorite memoirs were of ‘singing with dad’ at the Sunday morning church services. Life appeared to be perfect. And then the rumors began...

CLAUDIA'S JOURNEY CONTINUES

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Be a Life-Giving Spirit

This article is curated from "The Nature of the Prophetic" by Vishal Jetnarayan.

This article is curated from "The Nature of the Prophetic" by Vishal Jetnarayan.

CHANGE OF HEART

What matters to God is an immediate change of heart and disposition. Prophecy is not meant to showcase the magnificent way God is using us, but to reveal how faithful and effective we are in communicating the mind of God in all that He conveys, and in all its aspects, past, present, and future.

A WEAKNESS OF PROPHETIC

A weakness of the prophetic ministry is that people are always focused on hearing God through other people instead of taking the time to hear God for themselves. I believe wholeheartedly in personal prophecy, but I believe that there also has to be growth to maturity. People must become responsible in having a personal relationship with the Father. Even personal prophecy is probably not the right term. Whenever an individual receives a word, it is always focused on their journey to assist the next person. In essence, a word given to somebody is personal only to an extent because it moves that individual to serve humanity in some way. The term “personal prophecy” is not so personal after all. Hearing God is always a means to our growth but not the end. We all recognize that biological growth of the child is vital. It is unnatural—and tragic—for an infant to remain an infant forever. In the same manner, prophetic words must challenge us to a new level of growth where we are able to hear the Father.

Within each prophetic word from the Lord there is process, and this always starts on a personal level. But this is also where the problem lies, which leads to a third deficiency. People have become so accustomed to hearing only good words about themselves that it has led to the prophetic ministry becoming primarily inward-focused. For example, “God is going to bless you with lots of money, a house, a car, and a boat.” While there is nothing wrong with receiving these things, this example illustrates what has become the prevalent way that people prophesy. Yet, if we review the New Testament and look intently at how Christ functioned in the prophetic, we find that His approach is the complete opposite to what currently prevails in the Church. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give us a clear picture of the manner in which Christ functioned. After Christ empowered His disciples, their foundation of the prophetic was totally Christ-based and Spirit-led. One of the main ingredients of prophetic ministry is love. In order to understand the love of the Father, however, we must also understand His correction. The apostle Paul clearly stated this in First Corinthians chapter 13, commonly known as the “love chapter.” Corrective words delivered outside the walls of love cause more hurt, separation, and lack of prophetic hunger. They make God the Father look like He is partial and angry all the time.

BEYOND MILK

Hebrews 5:12-14 tells us that we must move beyond “milk” to the more complete nourishment provided by “solid food.” In other words, we have to start growing and partaking of the meat; that is, the “meatier” things of the Spirit. Our standard is Christ, and despite the shortcomings of man, this should not deter any of us as believers from fully utilizing the prophetic. In being prophetic, we will begin to recognize that we function by the law of the Spirit (Rom. 8:2) and that no one has to work hard in order to operate in this ministry. Performance-oriented people do not drive God. In the beginning, God designed Adam as a human being to communicate with Him, and He has designed us to do the same. To be a life-giving spirit is to be prophetic, and to be prophetic is to be a life-giving spirit. In being prophetic, the body of Christ takes on the responsibility to know that each person can be prophetic and fulfill their part.

If each of us walks in the reality of understanding the capacity the Lord has given us, then we can definitely see the earth change and the Kingdom of God become established.

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Who Can Save You?

Leslie D. Glenn leads you through her own personal journey of surrender in the book, “One Life.” You are invited into the deep and vulnerable parts of her hearts. As she shares her story expect to be both captivated and challenged. “One Life”, is an incredible adventure that she boldly shares. Below is an excerpt from her book, get your full copy in the eGen store. You don’t want to miss it!
 

WE TRY TO SAVE OUR OWN LIVES

Matthew 16:25 says, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”

The human soul tries to save its life, every day, in almost every decision. “How does this affect me? Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is better? Who or what is of greater value? How have I been wronged?” This tormenting self-focus feeds our decision-making process from a self- preservation perspective. Why? Why does the soul ceaselessly seek to preserve and protect itself? Because in the deepest part of us, we really don’t believe we can trust anyone else to protect us, defend us or preserve us – including God Himself. So, we try to control our lives, our relationships, our circumstances .... And judge the success or failure based upon how it affects us. We try to save our own lives.

 

YOU MUST LOSE TO FIND

Jesus said that whoever tries to save his life will lose it. The harder we try, the worse it gets. His answer was, “He who loses his life for me will find it.” How do I lose my life? What will I find? This world teaches us (bombards us, actually) that life is all about us. This teaching is even in our churches in the form of works – doing all the right things so God will love me. IF I do all the check marks THEN God must bless me.

The reality is that all of creation – the heavens and the earth, angels and demons, humanity, life, death, seasons, relationships – all of it exists for Him and Him alone; from before time began and after it will cease to be. To lose my life is to surrender to Him, in every facet of my being. To accept all that I am, all that I am not; to accept what my life looks like – my whole life; to accept all that He has for me and does not have for me; to no longer live for myself and my desires and my dreams, but to live for Him and Him alone; to empty myself of any personal aspirations, daily. This choice is not an outward one; it is a hidden decision, of the heart.

 

GIVE UP CONTROL

To the human soul, this is the scariest choice possible because I am giving, to another, the control of my life (which includes my protection, my provision, my decisions, my value, my happiness, my fulfillment, etc.). But, Jesus said that if I would make this choice, I would find my life.

And I have. In Him I live and move and have my very being (Acts 17:28). He gives life to my body through His Spirit Who lives in me (Romans 8:11) so that it is no longer I who live but Christ Who lives in me (Galatians 2:20). What I found is the person of Jesus Christ. He lives, He breathes, He feels, He LOVES.

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How Abraham Became the Father of Faith

Birth of The Holy Nation

This article has been curated from, "Birth of The Holy Nation: Volume 1 God and Abraham" by Corbett Gaulden. Get your copy at the eGen store. 

ULTIMATE OBEDIENCE

The obedience God required of Abraham that day was as absolute as any could be. He was required to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. God could require of him no greater example of obedience. God Himself, as a matter of fact, could not be asked to offer any greater example of His esteem for us than to offer His Son Jesus as a sacrifice. God was asking the “father of faith” to imitate His own actions in this matter. God was requiring of Abraham that he act like God Himself. This son of God was to emulate the nature of God Himself that day.

Consider this. God asked Abraham to offer his only son up to death. Abraham was required, as a son, to commit this act of sacrifice. However, the sacrifice was not a bag of marbles. The sacrifice was the son of his own flesh. The sacrifice was to be the very essence of his existence as a father. If he were deprived of his “only son,” he would no longer be a father. And his very own Father was the one placing this requirement on him. The son named Abraham set out to obey his Father, God. The father named Abraham was about to take any meaning from his own being simply because his Father required him to do so.

FORESHADOWING OF GOD'S SACRIFICE

When God stretched out His hand that day to rescue Isaac, He did so at the very last second. His son Abraham had not resisted the request made of him at a cost that no man would willingly bear. Abraham did not spare Isaac. It was God Himself who spared him (Genesis 22:12). Abraham’s actions that day provided for his descendants a model of filial obedience that is exceeded only by the act of Jesus at Calvary 2000 years later.

As a father, Abraham required of his son Isaac that he submit to his own death. From Isaac, Abraham required this act of obedience as the mirror of his own obedience to his Father. When that day was done, God had made of Abraham the most worthy of human fathers. In this way, Abraham met the final qualification for becoming the father of the nation of promise; a nation in the earth that would be a natural precursor for the Holy Nation of God. No lesser man, and no lesser degree of filial obedience could have qualified to carry this divine commission. Hence, the arrangements and providence of God and the presence in power of the Holy Spirit to complete what was necessary.

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Who are the True Sons of Abraham?

This article has been curated from, "The 318 Son: Household of Abraham" by Dr. S. Y. Govender. Get your copy at the eGen store.

WHAT IS A 318 SON?

“318” is the number of servants born in Abram’s house. Using the example of Eliezer, I have established above that “318” is a figure of adoption.

318 SONS ARE ADOPTED

Ephesians 1:5-6 KJV- "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." 

We have been predestined for adoption (huiothesia): “to be placed as sons.” This was God’s good pleasure. When we come to sonship, it is to the praise of His glory. There is a praise that is the result of conduct rather than oral declarations. Both are necessary.

318 SONS ARE BORN OF THE SPIRIT

A believer becomes a child (Greek teknon) by being born of God (regeneration), but becomes a son (Greek huios) by conduct (adoption). When a believer becomes a son he receives full rights, responsibilities, and privileges.

The indwelling Spirit bears witness of our regeneration. Leading by the Spirit demonstrates our sonship. Therefore, your conduct demonstrates whether you are a son or a child:

• Simple witness: a child

• Leading by the spirit: a son.

When we manifest the characteristics of the pattern son, Christ (love, peacemaker etc.), then we become the sons of God.

STAGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SONS

1. Babe: brephos (new-born babe)

1 Peter 2:2 says, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."

This word has the same meaning as the Greek word nepios; they both refer to a childish, immature Christian.

2. Child: teknon

John 1:12 says, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."

3. Teenager: neaniskos (young man)

1 John 2:13-14 says, "I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. 

4. Son: huios

This word speaks of maturity and is described in Romans 8:14-21; Greek words inserted.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons (huios) of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children (teknon) of God, and if children (teknon), then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons (huios) of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children (teknon) of God.

And also in Matthew 3:17 it says, "And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son (huios), in whom I am well pleased.'"

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A New Definition of Apostolic Reformation

This article has been curated from "Gilgal: Biblical Principles Governing Transition Into The Apostolic Transformation" by Thamo Naidoo. Get your copy in the eGen store. 

A NEW SEASON DEFINED

A new season has dawned upon the Church of Jesus Christ, labelled in some circles as the Apostolic Reformation. It comes in the form of a clarion call from the throne of God for a consummate reformation of gigantic proportions to be imposed upon the Church. Arguably, this title aptly captures the mind of God and describes the fundamental features that characterize this epoch in redemptive history. Accompanying the purpose of God for the season is the restoration of the office and ministry of Prophets and Apostles to the five fold ministry of the government of the Church. These ministry gifts feature prominently in the whole mission of God for this season. They play a significant role in articulating the divine intent and also providing the grace gifts for the Church to finish the assignment of the season. 

APOSTOLIC REFORMATION DEFINED

The word “apostolic”derived from the Greek verb apostello literally means, “to send off, out, forth.” It denotes a specific “sending” (on a specific mission) by the “sender”(God) that imposes a clear mandate on the “sent one” (the Church). Included in this “sending” is the idea of an intimate relationship between the “sender” and the “sent one” and that the “sent one” adopts a voluntary and a subservient attitude to the sender. It indicates strict adherence to the specific details of the mission without deviating from the prescribed instructions. In the context of this book, it refers to the exact nature and detail of the missio dei (mission of God) for His Church.

The word “reformation” defines the nature and content of the Apostolic Reformation. From a literal standpoint, it means to “make straight either by a right arrangement and right ordering or by making an amendment and bringing right again.” It conveys the idea of setting in order again that which has been made imperfect or marred by sin in the Church and in Creation. The imposition of reformation comes at a time when the imperfect or the inadequate must be superseded by a “better” (more accurate) order of things. The spirit of this Reformation calls for a forensic inquiry into the existing structure and content of the Church and the definition of her ministry in the earth. The inquiry is not merely diagnostic in its approach, but it presents a prognosis of the problems highlighted. In a sense, it is similar to the ministry of Jeremiah. It does not merely “root out and pull down” or “destroy and throw down,” but it seeks to “build and plant.” It understands that there cannot be analysis without synthesis. Hence, it presents to the Church constructive biblical patterns for building correctly.

The underlying motivation is not a cosmetic or superficial rearrangement of the furniture of the Church, but a transformation of every inaccurate position of the Church.

In essence, the message postulates that there must be a changing of “wineskins” before the “new wine” can be received. Basically, it calls for a reformation of the structure and content of the Church before the Church can expect revival, renewal and the consummation of the end-time purposes of God. The Scriptures model the conditions that activate reformation and describe the fundamental nature of the spirit of reformation.

THE STANDARD OF REFORMATION DEFINED

The ministry of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church, brought the greatest reformation to the earth that transformed the course of history and set the pattern and process for the restoration of “all things." It is from this reformation that the standard and plumb line for all reformations are set. If there is to be any reformation in the earth, the lessons must be learned from His example. Christ is the dimension for whatever is done or accomplished in the earth. A study of Hebrews 14 will highlight some of the factors that govern the spirit of reformation.

GOVERNANCE OF REFORMATION DEFINED

The process of a reformation is activated by the divine conviction that change must be brought to the existing religious system in the Church. Consequently, whole systems of religious activity are made obsolete or brought back to the original order by the imposition of reformation. Concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation [emphasis mine] (Hebrews 9: 10). The spirit of reformation arrives at that point in the Church when the system that sustains religious life has fully served its purpose and has become ineffective. As a result, reformation is the divine response at that decisive point when that which is “growing old” must immediately be terminated. The “old” religious system is fading away or losing “heat” and therefore must give way to a new order of things. At that precise moment, reformation is activated and released. It is at that exact point when the old order or system has fully served its purpose or has become totally ineffective in contributing to the quality of the religious life of the Church. Hence, there is the need for the introduction of a new order of things. There cannot be a release of new things from the throne of God unless there is a change of existing structures. Only new wineskins can contain the new wine released by the Spirit of God. Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved (Matthew 9: 17).

THE OBJECTIVE OF REFORMATION DEFINED

The spirit of reformation presents to the Church a new and better way for drawing nearer to God. Whenever the spirit of reformation is released from the throne of God, its primary objective is to introduce the believer to a “better” order of things. Reformation always brings with it the objective of upgrading religious systems so that believers can experience realms within the divine economy that are new to their worldview or have been shut off from them. The purpose of reformation is driven by the desire to “go on to perfection.” It intends to take the Church beyond the foundational and elementary principles of religious activity. The ultimate goal is to bring the believer to a teleios (a perfect, complete or matured) place in God.

Maturity is the goal of the Christian life. The Church cannot function at the place of merely focusing on the elementary principles or foundational principles of the faith. Instead, the believer is encouraged to go beyond these principles. This does not mean a discarding of the foundational or elementary principles, but the utilization of them, so that the lives of the believers can be configured and regulated in a way that manifests the fullness of Christ.

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The Most Profound Aspect of the Character God

This article has been curated from "My Father, My Father" by Sam Soleyn. You can download your FREE copy from the eGen store.

GOD IS A FATHER

The most profound aspect of the character of God is that of Father. God as Father expresses completely His nature of love: the love of God is inseparable from its expression as Father, and the nature of Father is inseparable from the character of love, particularly when fathering is by design.

God conceived of man as His son deliberately to express the nature of love. His careful attentiveness of this purpose explains why God would enter into a covenant with Himself to benefit man before He created Him. Man was not designed as merely a continually evolving protoplasmic flotsam, adrift in the vastness of the universe. God tied His own being to man by His unbreakable oath to Himself. In the creation of man, He set forth a proving ground for the demonstration of His nature of love. Although God always had in mind to put the majesty of His love on display, the depths of His love could not fully be displayed until He created a Son in His own image and likeness.

GOD IS LOVE

This process exists due to the nature of love. Love does not exist merely as a theory or concept. For love to exist, it must be actualized—expressed and tested. Love may be demonstrated in a variety of ways. In the Kingdom of God, such demonstrations exist as forms of order and governance that benefit all who are within the Kingdom. However, love is presented perfectly within the context of a father and his children, because that is the only form in which the nature of love, as defined by God’s relationship to man, can be fully tested and, therefore, fully expressed.

God’s relationship to man, as Father to sons, is neither accidental nor casual. It is a deliberate order and foreordained by God. God decided to create man as His son; man was powerless to influence this decision in any way.

The love of God for man is the foundation for man’s purpose in creation. When man separated himself from his Father, his purpose in creation was lost. It is only by being reconciled to his Father that he may regain the true purpose for being. The love of God should never be construed as the basis for permitting man to engage in reckless and dissolute behavior without consequence. For indeed, such a fashion of life has consequences, both in time and the hereafter. These profound truths about the nature of God and His purpose for creating man seem contrary to the normal religious emphasis of the unworthiness of man, as the background against which to view the charity of God.

A SON BEARS THE FATHER'S EXPRESSION

Prior to the coming of Christ and man’s restoration to sonship, man’s purpose in creation was defined by this hope of redemption. Accordingly, in this time of types and shadows, God favored certain behaviors, the significance of which were largely unrecognized by the participants. People were allowed to engage in religious activities that mimicked principles of father and son relationships, preserving the purpose for creation and the hope of redemption in the culture.

For example, Abraham did not understand why God would ask him to go through the preparations of sacrificing Isaac, then stay his hand at the last moment and provide a sacrifice Himself. However, his willingness to proceed as far as he did showed the heart of God the Father, who was willing to sacrifice Jesus to save Adam. On the basis of that undertaking, then, God qualified Abraham to be the recipient of the promise to bring Christ into the world through his lineage.

One should not construe this hope of restoration nor the restoration to sonship through Christ as the end within itself. The restoration of man through Christ is primarily a restoration to his lost state. It is a repositioning of man. God made man as a son, and Christ restored him to sonship. The restoration to sonship is God’s provision for accurately realigning man in the earth so that God may put on display the true meaning of Father through him.

Just as a son needs a father in order to properly understand his identity and his purpose, a father requires a son in order to put on display the father’s nature. A son’s history and his origin are determined by the father out of whom the son issued. Accordingly his purpose can never be furthered in contradistinction from his father. Correspondingly, the father is pledged to support the existence of his son. This is the role God chose when He created the son to put His nature on display. Father and son, therefore, is a symbiotic and intricately interconnected relationship toward a mutual and continuing purpose.

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