Practical understanding of our walk.
By Pieter Kristein
Salvation is to realise that God who is light had to rescue you from the destruction of Satan’s darkness.
Sanctification is to follow Him on the road of the cross through radical repentance allowing Him to expose and expell all the darkness that you’ve been exposed to and to heal you from the pain and damage which the darkness has caused so that He might fill you with His light unto holiness.
Holiness means to be wholly sanctified, filled and illuminated by the light and presence of God.
1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling fragrance.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not therefore partakers with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever does make manifest is light.
14 Therefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
15 See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God, even the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
THE CALL TO FOLLOW CHRIST ON THE ROAD OF THE CROSS TO THE END OF OURSELVES IS UNPOPULAR BECAUSE THAT MEANS “your ways” MUST DIE FOR “HIS WAYS” TO LIVE.
You either follow Christ or yourself. Self is the root cause of sin.
We sin because we yield to that which the broken, wounded fallen fleshly man wants and desires.
As we willingly cry out to God to keep ministering His power of obedience unto the death of our former ways, we shall find that He brings us into the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must allow Him to root out and destroy every wrong and old foundation and dissolve every stronghold of darkness by which the enemy seeks to prevent us from going forward.
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Jesus showed me that the firstfuit forerunners, which He has matured and caused to come forth first into His glory realm have now been brought to this place and nearness of divine fulfilment and breakthrough into the fullness of GOD.
We have come through the Lamb ministry of Jesus and are brought into the Lion ministry of joint rulership.
We took up our personal crosses and have followed the Lord and He is bringing us into the realm of His manifest purpose, the realm of His kingdom, where we shall find that He has broken off the yoke of the flesh and destroyed every work of darkness in us.
His MANCHILD company shall arise !
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The Revelation Of The Sons Of God Cheryl Mcgrath Australia
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Note: The words “son”, “sons” and “sonship” in this article are used in the spirit of Gal. 3:28. In other words all references to “sonship” here are references to the Father-child relationship between God and His children, regardless of gender, race or age, and do not refer specifically to the male gender.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall by My son. Rev. 21:7
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:11-12
The Call to Sonship
There are many in the church who aspire to mature sonship, but there are many less who have learnt the secrets of walking in it. All who enter the Kingdom are called as sons of God, but few are willing to meet the cost of becoming MANIFESTED sons. For those who object: “but sonship belongs to ALL believers at the new birth”, I would agree and disagree.
It is one thing to enjoy the TITLE of son and heir and the privileges that come with that position. It is quite another thing to submit oneself to the school of obedience and unjust suffering that produces within us the character of the Firstborn Son, to whose image all other sons are to be conformed. (Rom. 8:29)
A wise father recognises all his sons as his sons, but also marks and celebrates the day of maturity when a son can be trusted with the responsibilities of a functioning heir. It is at that time that the Father’s endowment of authority in that son becomes apparent to the world.
So we are talking here not simply about the inheritance of sonship through faith, but more specifically about the unmistakable MANIFESTATION of that sonship, here on this earth and in this mortal life, that must be witnessed by creation.
Those who, in the coming days, will be revealed to all creation as “manifested sons” of God will be those who have yielded to the Spirit’s training in ALL aspects of sonship, which includes the Father’s discipline (Heb. 12:6-8), and the embracing of the Cross.
There is no mysterious exclusion zone surrounding this event the scriptures refer to as “the manifestation of the sons of God” (KJV). We should not be deceived into believing this company of sons who will be revealed are an elite group of super-saints, endowed with a level of holiness not available to the average believer.
On the contrary, the invitation to walk as one of these manifested sons, whom the scriptures say the whole of creation is longing to see, is an open one, available to all born-again children of God. The scriptures also make abundantly clear, however, that attaining this measure of mature sonship will involve significant cost to the flesh for those who sincerely seek to respond to it.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren… Hebrews 2:10-11
What form will this manifested sonship take when it appears? What nature of people are this company of believers we are told creation waits for with “anxious longing”? There is one thing of which we can be certain – as the revealed sons of God they will bear an uncanny resemblance to their elder Brother, the Firstborn Son!
In the World but Not of the World
That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…. Philippians 2:15
As has already been stated, we are dealing here not just with the concept of sonship, but with MANIFESTED, or REVEALED, sonship. A contemporary dictionary definition of the word “manifest” is this: “clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious.”
Jesus manifested His Sonship whatever He did and wherever He went.
He didn’t have to work at being different – it was clearly evident to all who crossed His path that He just WAS. His connectedness to Something or Someone outside the common understanding of this world was glaringly obvious and unquestionably uncomfortable for many. People were either drawn to Him or repelled by Him. His manifested Sonship flowed directly from the depth of His unbroken communion with His Father.
So shall it be with all those whose sonship will be revealed as they walk the earth. Who they are may not be understood or acceptable, but that they are not of this earth shall certainly be MANIFESTED in ways that are clearly and unmistakably obvious. Certainly signs and wonder, miracles, powerful delivery of the Word, great grace, joy, holy lifestyles and diversities of gifts and functions will accompany them. However, even more significant than these, manifested sons will EXPOSE peoples’ hearts, motives and intentions.
As the glory of the Father, the grace of the Son and the holiness of the Spirit are increasingly revealed in and through them, their very presence will expose all that is of a different spirit, and for this reason they will be severely persecuted. People will either be drawn to the glory residing in them, or, by the working of the antichrist spirit, they will intensely oppose them.
Prophetically Proclaimed, Yet Obscure
Just as the coming of the Firstborn Son was prophetically proclaimed, yet of humble and un-notable circumstances, so can we expect it to be with those who walk in mature sonship. Prophets had foretold the coming of Jesus and His birth was marked by heavenly signs which were observed by star-watchers far to the east. Yet, apart from the oriental Magi, some Hebrew shepherds close to Bethlehem, and probably some animals sheltered in a stable, few alive in Israel at the time of Jesus’ birth were aware of the momentous significance of the time in which they lived.
John the Baptist was sent in the spirit of Elijah as a forerunner to herald this long-awaited manifestation of God’s Son on the earth. For his efforts his life was cut short and his message silenced. Similarly, for some years now prophetic voices have been prophesying the imminent appearance of what has been called a “faceless, nameless” generation of holy people, who will move in the Spirit’s power yet seek no glory for themselves.
As with the Firstborn Son, the rising generation of manifest sons will arise from seeming obscurity and unexceptional beginnings. There will seldom be anything about their physical appearance, personality, or reputation that would cause them to draw the world’s attention. In fact, we should expect the most notable aspect about them, according to worldly standards, to be their ordinariness! (1 Cor. 1:27-29). They will truly be examples of God choosing the weak and foolish to bring to nothing the wisdom of the world.
I believe that another reason these walking in manifested sonship will be “nameless and faceless” is because there will simply be too many of them for the world to create a celebrity class from them. Though the world may attempt to impose its fame on some, they will shun worldly recognition and all that comes with it, just as Jesus did (see John 6:14-15). Their only motivation will be to be about their Father’s business while walking as living witnesses of His love.
This is not to imply that men and women walking in manifested sonship have not been raised up by the Spirit at other times. Many names could be listed of those who have embraced this costly calling throughout Christian history, including more recent examples like John Wesley, Mary Slessor, Smith Wigglesworth, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Sadhu Sundhar Singh, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and countless others. However, these have been individual forerunners, making way for a greater company of manifested sons to be revealed by the Spirit when the appointed time arrived and creation’s yearning should be fulfilled.
Driven into the Wilderness
We can expect that those walking in manifested sonship will have known times of deep loneliness, testing and hiddenness, or what is commonly called the wilderness experience. Jesus the Firstborn Son was not spared this experience, nor will His brethren be (Luke 4:1).
They will most certainly have wrestled with the temptation to follow a more comfortable and rewarding life-path by the world’s standards than the narrow, unrecognised path they’ve chosen. They will have experienced firsthand the pain of being misunderstood, misrepresented and written off by church associates, friends and even family. But they will also have learnt the secret of overcoming in such trials through the power of the Spirit and the grace of Christ.
Therefore they will not display a victim mentality, whatever persecution or hardship they may endure. Though they may be dressed in rags, they will walk in the holiness of priests and the authority of kings which shall not depart from them.
Belonging to the Fellowship of Suffering
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:16
The reality of the Cross and the fellowship of the suffering of Jesus will be more than theoretical concepts in the lives of these manifested sons of God. The scriptures leave us in no confusion or doubt over the fact that the path to glory and resurrection life leads through the Cross, not around it. Therefore they will know Jesus intimately in the place of suffering as well as the place of power. It is precisely because they have yielded to the application of the Cross in their lives that they shall be granted the authority of resurrected sons.
These manifested sons will engender great fear in Satan’s kingdom because the fear of death will not have any hold on them. At the same time each one of them will be a living revelation of the reality of God’s grace keeping and sustaining His own. All those who suffer for and with Jesus have a special kind of fellowship, not only with their Lord, but also with each other, that is unknown to those believers who choose to circumvent the Cross.
This too will be a mark of these mature sons – they will know each after the Spirit, and not after the flesh, and consequently their fellowship with one another shall be deep and rewarding in a way the world cannot comprehend (2 Cor. 5:16). For this reason they shall be granted the sacrificial grace of the Firstborn, enabling them to lay down their lives for one another.
So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a lifegiving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. 1 Cor. 15:45-49
Manifested sons will have shed the Adamic earthbound nature of the man of dust and will therefore bear the image of the last Adam, the heavenly man Jesus, without any sense of shame. They will have truly become sons of heaven and will demonstrate through word, deed and lifestyle, the supernatural power demonstrated by the Firstborn.
Many will display, when required, authority over nature and the created elements. They will fulfill the command given to Adam and Eve, to “subdue the earth” (Gen. 1:28). Having died to the earthly nature of the man of dust (or earth), with its natural limitations, and “put on” by faith the Heavenly Man, they will no longer be bound to the laws of nature that govern the earth. Rather, having indeed become raised up together to sit in heavenly places in Christ, creation will recognise and submit to them, even while they walk in mortal bodies.
The Revelation Of The Sons Of God,
Discerned by Apostles and Prophets
As a firstborn son, Jesus was presented by Mary and Joseph in the temple at Jerusalem, according to the law (Luke 2:22) The gospel of Luke records that on that occasion a man named Simeon came “by the Spirit” into the temple. Taking the newly born Jesus up into his arms, he proclaimed Him to be the salvation of God, bringing light to the Gentiles and glory to Israel. He then blessed Mary and Joseph, and shared a more personal prophetic word with Mary.
Simeon, who the scripture calls just and devout, had been waiting for the consolation, or comfort, of Israel. The Greek word translated as “waiting” would be more accurately understood as “looking for with earnest expectation”. The “consolation of Israel” was a term used for the coming of the Messiah. So we understand from this passage that Simeon had been waiting with great anticipation for the Messiah’s appearance, or coming forth, in His people, Israel.
Luke then records that right at that moment a prophetess named Anna came forth proclaiming the praise of God.
“And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).
Anna’s husband had died while she was still a young woman and she had devoted the remainder of her life to serving God in a ministry of intercession at the temple. Both Simeon and Anna were people whose lives had been set apart for the Lord’s service. They were watchers of the seasons, able by the Spirit of the Lord to discern the times they lived in.
How many others were in the temple that day we cannot know, but we do know the temple in Jerusalem in Jesus’ time was a magnificently impressive structure and the centre of worship for Jews throughout Israel and the ancient world. In fact, just the internal area alone covered approximately 35 acres. So it is safe to surmise that on most days there would have been a great multitude in and around the temple, worshiping, meeting, sacrificing, teaching, trading, and undertaking a diversity of other tasks. Yet, only two of them, sensitive to the Spirit and alert to the spiritual atmosphere, recognised the entrance of Israel’s Messiah, God’s own Son, into the temple that day.
Prophetically, I believe Simeon and Anna, represent apostles and prophets of this present age, who are given to watch and discern the seasons of God and who are sensing the imminent revealing of the sons of God to creation. Anna is representative of the true prophets of the Lord, who carry an intercessory burden for the revelation of this great company of sons on the earth.
Simeon represents the true apostles, whose greatest passion is always to see the coming forth of Christ in His people (Gal. 4:19). Just as Simeon lifted up the newly born Son of God in the temple, true apostles will always lift up Christ that He might draw all men. This coming company of manifested sons will be discerned first by apostles and prophets who, by the Spirit, are expectantly watching for them.