#70513 – The Confusing Evidence of Sonship
Defining the Sonship Church and Its Ministries.
Manifesting His Ultimate Authority
June 11, 2012
Is there a valid reason to be concerned or deeply moved about the lax and casual way society is descending into a scandalous and decadent life style approaching the conditions in Sodom and Gomorrah? Should God just eliminate these perverts from off the earth like he did in ancient times? If God could not look upon the terrible conditions in the time of Noah how does He look upon our society today? If God could not have found a righteous man like Abraham or Noah, would He have been able to judge the unrighteousness of the society in which they lived?
That question, of course, is just pedantic because most observers have assumed that society sets its own course and chooses how it will live. Still, according to scripture, society reflects the spiritual conditions that exist in the church. When the church is both salt and light, the moral condition of the surrounding society is positively effected. For example; In times of great revival, as in Wales which began with Evan Roberts in 1904, all the bars closed and a strong conviction settled upon whole areas. However, by 1906 the revival ended and things returned to a moral and social bankruptcy which was typical at that time.
We must NOT forget that God gave man dominion over the earth at the time of creation and He has not rescinded that obligation. It is clear that natural man has totally corrupted his authority and dominion over the earth! Even though God is generally blamed for the conditions on earth and the things that happen here, the problem clearly belongs to man to whom was given this dominion and this responsibility. If generic man has lost control of the morality on the earth, is there no hope for the earth, or has this responsibility fallen upon someone else? It seems obvious that the dominion has been transferred to Christ Jesus and to the Church He is building which is what we call “The Kingdom Church.”
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Since Christ Jesus has now been given ALL authority in both heaven and upon the earth, He has commissioned His disciples to carry this authority to ALL the nations of the earth. To also make disciples of these nations so that the Kingdom will come and the will of God is being done on earth in the same measure that it is being done in heaven. This IS the total work of manifesting His “Total Authority” on the earth. This work is clearly assigned to the “church that He is building.”
Is there, then, a valid reason to be concerned or deeply moved by the lax and casual way the visible church is responding to the current gospel that is being preached today? Has this modified “gospel of grace” had a sanctifying effect upon society? Obviously, this “gospel” has not been effective because the corporate society is descending into moral corruption at a very disturbing and terrifying rate. Then why doesn’t God judge all this perversion, governmental corruption and abuse in society that is rampant throughout the world? Could it be because the church has not demonstrated to the world the stark difference between the righteous and the wicked? Why hasn’t God, at least, judged the religious abuse in the church? This issue is clearly explained in the Book of Ezekiel and God’s position is made very clear. God expected Israel to be a transparent example to the other nations of God’s Government. Ezekiel’s gospel message was for Israel either to transition to the ways of God or be taken captive by your enemies. Could this happen again today? It surely must happen for God to make His way known to the nations. Why? Because, the visible church has NOT made Kingdom disciples of the nations.
The question then must be asked; is there another gospel that must be preached today that will positively affect the church so it can then affect the society around them? Yes, there is. Jesus called it the Gospel of the Kingdom or the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
Mat 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
But why would this Gospel of the Kingdom have any different effect upon society than the lukewarm gospel that is being preached today? Because this Gospel of the Kingdom puts serious demands upon the church to either commit to a radical change in character and life-style or be vomited out of His body. The church that refuses to conform to the Kingdom standards will also lose the illumination of the Lampstand, along with the inner working of the Seven Spirits of God. The Seven Flames of Fire will be removed and the whole New Covenant ministry, that has been designed by God for the transformation of the saints, will go into darkness. We believe that has already happened in many parts of the world! ONLY those who overcome all the fallen attributes of Adam can be accepted into the Kingdom Government and inherit all things. The current evidence of this transition is probably seen in His Total Authority being manifested on earth.
But isn’t the Gospel of the Kingdom being preached today? We are hearing the word “Kingdom” being used more and more in books, on TV and in magazines! The mighty difference is that many can preach ABOUT the Kingdom but only those who are living within the Kingdom Government and obeying His inward laws can preach “The Kingdom” itself as expressed Life! It is within His Life, that we are able to manifest His Authority. The Kingdom only becomes a TOTAL experiential transformation when we are living within its Government and obeying its laws. This manifestation of His Ultimate Authority is seen when His Disciples are living within His government and keeping these inward laws. This MUST become our life’s goal when we are living within the parameters of His absolute Sovereignty. In this dimension, the defects of the person along with the reality of his Laws in our inner Life rapidly begins to produce the necessary changes to participate in His Authority.
1Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.
1Thes 1:5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
In the Kingdom dimension, we recognize the “overcoming Life” is more than a “cliche, more than a Christian doctrine and it is much more than being synonymous with forgiveness of sins. This is preliminary to demands of the Kingdom which IS”going on to perfection!” This becomes clear when viewed from the perspective of the Eternal Purpose of God. Overcoming the Adam Life and its disastrous effects upon us is foundational and necessary to our preparation for the ministry of the New Covenant. Our individual and personal life of overcoming also relates us to eternity and the inheritance that has been predestined to those who overcome.
Rev 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Even the pastors who are ignorant just tell me “The God I know would NEVER put anyone into the lake of fire!” Since the God of the Old Testament is the EXACT same God of the New Covenant, it would be wise to read both Covenants, and with an understanding of the provisions and limitations of each.
Also the inheritance that is related to the overcoming Life is related to the new Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ ( the wife of the Lamb) the Temple of God and the Bondservants. In other words this “inheritance” is not something minor or of little importance.
The fact that the overcomers are the “SONS” of God and have God as their Father seems to have been eliminated from the current gospel. It seems more humane to just call all believers overcomers, even if they have not given up their abominations or are still just new born and immature. It is felt that this message of the overcoming life would be too difficult for new believers to hear. If this gospel of the “Kingdom Overcomers” is too difficult for sensitive ears to hear, then the warnings, inherent within the scriptures, are also too difficult to hear. These threats and warnings in the Book of Hebrews are ignored by the gospel of grace because of some distorted view that under grace, God overlooks all these requirements of the Kingdom and we just drift into the Eternal Government of God without any change in our character, attitudes or fallen nature.
This lie is rampant in the visible Evangelical church and in several other church systems that have created their own modified “gospel of grace” that eliminates all the demands of the Kingdom Government of God. God’s exceeding and abundant grace (which also can mean Spiritual ability) is provided so the believer can meet the demands of the Kingdom. Many “grace addicts” (who overdose on grace) will ignore that fact that there is a “price to pay” to enter into discipleship and to endure the discipline of God that is inherent within this process of God’s preparation of sons.
Heb 12:4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; 6 FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Heb 12:9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
This Gospel of the Kingdom easily incorporates the severe discipline of God as a necessary element. “ Of which all have become partakers” indicates that this is a universal requirement for all believers who will qualify as sons! This Divine Discipline is addressed to “sons” not babies. This issue of the universal discipline by God is for the sole purpose of our eternal rectification (perfection by transformation or growth into the divine nature) so we can share His Holiness. Is it then possible to arrive at the purity of His Holiness without the discipline of God? That is not very likely! How do we know that? Because of His Prototype Son who was perfected through suffering! His very strict discipline includes doing NOTHING on His own initiative. Too many of these scriptures eliminate MOST Christians from receiving the inheritance. This TRUTH seems to be too difficult for the lukewarm church to hear. Why? We are told that it is impossible to build a church with these condemning messages. We must just preach encouraging messages to the natural man to build up the attendance.
We seem to ignore the fact that the Adam life is not acceptable to the Kingdom of God! The last vestiges of Adam and the many problems we have all inherited from that genealogy must be fully eliminated. Why? This connection to first Adam has produced many character defects in each of us that conflict with the character of Christ. These defects are NOT eliminated by forgiveness of sins, as some teach. Many of these failures, habits and attitudes must be removed by the direct discipline by God. To share Holiness is to put aside and overcome all the fallen attributes of Adam and put on (as personal experience) the attributes of Christ. Growing up into ALL the fulness of Christ is our ultimate goal and God’s expectation within the New Covenant provision.
No man and no “ministry” can do this deep inner work of perfection that can only be accomplished by the direct intervention of God in our lives. To call this “discipline” by the cliche, “our relationship with the Father,” is too shallow to define this inner work by God. Our eternal destiny is adversely affected if we neglect this eternal work that only God can complete by this intense discipline. This “God is at work in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure” is unique to God, alone, and is NOT the work of any outward ministry. There are certain corrections, adjustments, and rectification that God does Himself which is beyond the realm of man and ministry. Why? Because all men begin with the same defects. This also includes all those whom Christ has set in some ministry! This “Discipline” must be the experience of every “minister” of the New Covenant or they will not be trained in the rigors of experiential Christianity or the preparation for ministry that is capable of helping the church grow up in all things into Christ. This is one of the reasons for this lack of authority we see in the ministries!
The Christ appointed ministries in Ephesians 4:11 have been given the responsibility of bringing the saints to the level of maturity where “the divine sonship” can begin. With this primary or basic level of maturity, God can enforce His Own Divine discipline so we can personally share His Holiness. This, in the Tabernacle studies, as we share it, is the experience of the Second Veil, the Veil of Truth / Reality! When the ministries stop short of completing that level of personal maturity in their own lives, we see the evidence in the believer’ carnality! The result of this failure in the ministry is what we see manifested in this pitiful condition of the visible church. The experiential seven FOUNDATIONS (priesthood preparations) are essential inner life experiences to arrive at this Divine confrontation of the Second Veil! To reject or ignore this Devine work is to miss the greatest level of our maturity. But why is this goal of “sharing in His Holiness” essential to participate in the next level of His Authority or our assigned ministry? This “further rectification” is necessary to participate in the priesthood ministry of the Holy Place. But if He has called certain ones into this more intense ministry of the Holy Place, doesn’t that mean they are already prepared. Not at all! Rather, it intensifies the need for this exacting correction and rectification to participate in the body of the High Priest. Carnality, rebellion, a big ego and a personal agenda is not permitted in this exacting ministry. Therefore, the divine discipline is essential.
This message of the Divine Discipline is addressed TO SONS. This experience of Sonship, in the realms of the Kingdom Life and Government, demands that we be disciplined by God just to qualify as sons, in training. There can be no authentic ministry, for the preparation of the Kingdom of Priests, that can escape this Divine Discipline as part of their own preparation. The same is true of manifesting His Authority on the earth! The lack of this experience in the ministries is the exact reason we see the Nocolaitan and Jezebel spirit manifested in the pulpit. Why? These and many other ugly things are removed from our life within the seven foundational experiences. The evidence that we are coming into this Divine Sonship is that God begins His personal inner work of rectification and divine adjustment in our life! This begins as our personal and intimate corrections to remove our carnality and defects! Why? Because, there defects will eliminate us from this higher ministry and His Divine Authority. These advanced corrections are, quite often, very humiliating and severe and are sometimes revealed publically. It appears that if we have manifested these failures publically, they must be confessed publically, which is humiliating. If we are without these corrections, the scriptures are VERY clear that we are NOT sons but bastard children who are without discipline.
This should come as a VERY severe warning to any person who has just received a basic insight into the eternal realms. The Gospel of the Kingdom will speak to ALL areas of our spiritual development. That is why the Gospel of the Kingdom is both evangelistic and redemptive and is especially relevant for the redeemed church. This Gospel of the Kingdom will discourage the transients who are just interested ( by grace) in passing through the church to arrive in heaven (but are largely unchanged in character). They are not interested in participating in the truly Christian Community (the Body of the High Priest) that has endured the discipline of God. The “discipline of God” should in NO WAY be confused with some earthy and carnal discipline by “leaders” to fit you into their agenda. When we try to define the “spiritual dissatisfaction” that is everywhere in the visible church system, we are accused of despising the visible church. Of course some of this is fully justified. Any attempt to adjust the church to the Kingdom Standards is interpreted as trying to divide the church. Most attempts at correction is thought to be just creating problems for the pastors who hold to the status quo as a goal. My response to this accusation is that these “pastors” that can lie, cheat, deceive and live in gross hypocrisy are just bastard children and NOT sons! Therefore, they are not the pastors that He has appointed from out of the Holy Place dimension to manifest Christ, the High Priest, to the congregations. They will surely NEVER manifest His Authority.
It is clear that this may sound like condemnation to the confused pastors who believe God’s grace covers their defects and current hypocrisy! However, these Devine standards are not optional or confused when placed within the Kingdom Government of God. These demands of the Kingdom are either rejected, overlooked or ignored because of the nearly universal ignorance of the restrictions presented by the True Gospel of the Kingdom. This Gospel becomes offensive to the lukewarm pastors who are only interested in building a larger congregation of lukewarm believers. Other passive pastors may know the truth but just want to slide along in an irrelevant ministry until they can retire.
It is amazing how many people ask me what is the minimum requirement for me to go to heaven when I die? Multitudes are attending “ the visible church” simply because they want to escape hell and make heaven their home. In moving from group to group and culture to culture, we have only found a few which have the revelation or the consecration to complete God’s preparation for the priesthood of the Kingdom.
Since this ultimate preparation requires the seven foundations to be first laid as experiences, the common defects found in ALL believers must be systematically removed in the ministries and then in the believers. It is following the genuine foundations that we then BEGIN to fulfill the purpose for which God saved us. This is the foundation/ preparation of what the Bible calls SONSHIP! It is producing these Sons of God that should be the burden of all true ministers. Why? These are the ones who will be sons of the High Priest and members of His body. It is my opinion that they will manifest His Authority! They will also be the crowns of the true ministers in eternity.
Philip 4:1 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.
1Thes 2:19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
2Tim 4:8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day;
It is ignorantly preached that everyone who believes in Jesus will receive the Crown of Righteousness. It is also ignorantly assumed that everyone who believes in Jesus will be caught up to the Throne of God at the rapture. When we suggest that this catching away is for the mature Bride of Christ, the Glorious Church, it is, often times, received with total rejection. We have heard those who preach that the first application of the blood for forgiveness of sins is ALL that is necessary to produce the Glorious Church. Even though the Bible says that “the Glorious Church” is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she is holy and blameless, this Bible fact and requirement is ignored. Some preach that those who believe in Jesus are cleansed by faith and perfect in the sight of God. Then, it would follow that,”going on to perfection” is not something we need be concerned about because we are already “perfect in the sight of God” by faith in Jesus. This is “called” the Gospel of Grace or the Gospel of Salvation but these concepts ignores most of the scriptures about the Kingdom of God.
It we make a statement that the Gospel of the Kingdom will include “Salvation” as an integral part, it is rejected as too restrictive. It is certainly true that some will only be saved as far as the New Earth. Some will be saved as far as the New Heaven but our message of the Kingdom must be designed to prepare believers for the Eternal Purpose of God, for New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ, the Glorious Church, the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek, and the rulers of the World yet to Come.
Of course none of us can accomplish any of this by ourselves or by human effort. God has designed this work of preparation to continue through various ministries that have been “set” in each generation. Intellectual ability or religious correctness is not enough. These ministers must be functioning solely under the direction and anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is these ministers that He has chosen and predestined to the work. It is these that He has illuminated, regenerated by radical conversion, brought into union with His life, goals and purpose of Christ, which is the Eternal Purpose of God! These have been prepared by ALL the foundations, and they are anointed to share in the personal experiences of the Inner Government of God. These have been severely disciplined to share His Holiness. What IS the evidence? Probably, this is manifested in His Authority.Why is all this preparation and discipline necessary? Because the Kingdom is NOT designed to be preached in Word only but just in and by the Power and Demonstration of the Spirit. Those who can only minister in the intellect or in the flesh CANNOT be selected for this exacting work. The Kingdom must be demonstrated out of the personal Inner Life of God. Why? Because the Kingdom and its Eternal Government is a Kingdom [River] of LIFE that flows from the throne of God. Outside of His Experiential Kingdom Government, the River of Life will NOT flow from the Throne of God. That “THRONE” must be experiential in the Minister of the Kingdom. His Ultimate Authority will be found in this realm!
John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Rev 22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
When it is clear that the River of Life flows from the throne of God, we will understand why the visible church is so dead and dry. If there is NO EXPERIENTIAL THRONE, there will be no RIVER and therefore, NO LIFE and , therefore, NO AUTHORITY!
To experience the reality of the Kingdom Government, its exacting Laws and its Life, we must be reduced to utter desperation in evaluating our personal abilities and inner motives! All our idealism must be sacrificed to gain the realism of the Sovereignty of Almighty God and His Christ, the Living Word. The REALITY of His Kingdom Government and His Inner Laws must reign supreme as the controlling factor of our life and ministry. This will, by itself, exclude the man centered or church centered gospel. Even when the Kingdom of God begins to be seen as the primary dominion in our lives, it becomes VERY clear that man is NOT the center of the universe and that man is unequipped and totally helpless to even begin to fulfill the purpose for which God has saved him. Why is this necessary? Because there must first come a total dependency upon God alone for understanding and teaching. This inner anointing that teaches us ALL things comes as an integral part of the Government of God. It seems to be out of desolation and desperation that we BEGIN to have a new hope of rectification.
To rectify; 1 put right; correct. 2 convert to one direction (or goal). We could add 3 Consecrated to One Purpose.
Most of the time we do not want to be in this place of transition because we don’t understand why God is treating us in this manner or what He wants to accomplish. Others are not suffering the pains of change so I reason that what is happening to me may not be in my best interest. This is the extreme value of the corporate fellowship with those who have experienced the discipline of God and have now been introduced to the “WHY’S” of the Kingdom preparation. I have found this “fellowship” in a group of pastors who are seriously pressing into a new dimension that may possibly be related to the Kingdom of God. At this point most of us are still uncertain about this change and what foreseeable part it plays in the preparation of the corporate body of the High Priest. However, the cost of discipleship and His severe correction is no longer our primary concern. Fulfilling the purpose for which we have been called, chosen and predestined is the major issue now! Since this REQUIRES His Discipline, we understand the cost!
It has been charged that we have no concern for the poor, the homeless, the desolate, the orphans, the prisoners or even for evangelism. We, however, are confident that it is the experiential and internal Government of God that will ultimately restore the proper lives to these people and to the church, in general. Why? Because of the authority manifested.
This Kingdom recovery (full salvation) will be focused upon our eternal preparation within the Kingdom Government of God and that Life of Consecration that is essential to the priesthood. Of course we can feed the poor one meal or a week of meals but that alone will not change their eternal destiny. They will still be in their original state until there is a radical change and a new inner man and they have received a transformed life.
Our confidence is this; many others are currently in this ministry of providing for the natural man so this ministry is not being neglected. We certainly agree with the ministry to the down and out persons and the relief of their despair but now we assume that God has selected us to preach a higher, fuller and more purposeful way of life. Of course this may just be our fantasy but these pastors here and, now, a few others honestly feel that the time of transition to this next dimension has come. Most of us believe that God is about to begin a new restoration of Truth that is much more than a revival. This Restoration of truth / reality ( the second Veil) may be one of the last preparations for the radical New Covenant Priesthood ministry which will be rooted and grounded in the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. This is connected to His Authority!
God, Himself, is the revelation of eternity and it must be the People of God that becomes the House of God and NOT some physical and temporal building or outward location.
1Peter 2:4 And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Eph 2:20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
2Cor 6:16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
To promote a “building” as the House of God instead of identifying God’s own people as His Manifested dwelling place is ignorant and a misuse the scriptures. The scriptures boldly declares that God does not dwell in temples made by men’s hands. Still, it is commonly believed that some “church building” is where God dwells so it is the place, itself, which is Holy.
1 Pet 2: 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
2Cor 6:17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
It is this “Sonship” that is related to this “building” which is being gathered together as a dwelling place by God. Growing up should mean to grow out of a physical building mentality and “growing into a dwelling place for God” reality. It is God’s Own People who become the temple of God and the place of His Presence and through whom the manifestation of God can be seen and experienced.
In Revelation 21 we see that the Heavenly City, God’s Perfected People, is dwelling IN GOD and God, Himself, and the Lamb are its temple. Now, in the present age, the People are the Temple of God and God dwells in them but in that dimension of eternity, God Himself, becomes the TEMPLE in which His People Dwell.
Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
The real meaning of “Christian community” is being with consecrated people who are being built into that Temple of God, His dwelling place through the Spirit. Those who are the living stones that are being framed together for the dwelling place of God, appears to be the ideal corporate Christian experience. The lax and loose assembly of carnal believers, in a building on Sunday, cannot be classified as a Temple of God in the Spirit. The people of God must become the continuous dwelling place of God hour by hour and day by day. God then must become the Sovereign God and the absolute Lord of His Temple. This is just basic to the Kingdom dimension of His Ultimate Authority, of His Life and the New Covenant ministry!
The main difference between what we believed about “serving God” in the past and “serving God” in the present is that in the past we chose how and where we would serve God. Now, when we no longer can choose and everything is “chosen for us” we find a new source of resistance and rebellion within us and a new conflict to overcome. Is this important? Yes! Now we are beginning to experience what His Kingdom Government really means as it becomes our life and the source of our ministry. In this dimension, Standing before the Lord, Ministering to the Lord and Burning Incense is no longer a cliche but is now our immediate goal. Then becoming His Minister is our proper motivation for all outward ministry. How do I know that is our calling? Because, that is the example we have in the Prototype Son. I do NOTHING on my own initiative is the key to the Kingdom Life and Ministry. This, also, may be the key to manifesting His Authority.
Well, brother, have you arrived at that place and are you speaking out of your experience? No, I am not even close to that discipline! Even though I am VERY far from that dimension, I and others I fellowship with are pressing toward that perfection. Then how do you know about that inner motivation? It is part of the divine vision that has been given to us! Also, it is revealed in the written Word, the scriptures. However, it is the Living and Abiding Word that is the inner revelation and motivation that is forcing us into obedience to this Divine Calling to become Priests after the order of Melchizedek. But isn’t delving into these mystical realms dangerous. Yes, it could get weird but the real question remains. It there any OTHER way to ascend into this divine dimension of ultimate reality? If Christ Jesus has ascended into the realms of the highest heavens, where should we find His Body?
Eph 4:10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
Eph 1:20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all.
If the HEAD is in such an exalted place where should we find His Body, The Church, which IS THE FULNESS OF CHRIST! Can we really compare the carnal and half- saved visible groups that assemble on Sundays with what the scriptures describe as the actual “Reality” of what God is doing in our day?
Should we really call this poor example of Christianity “THE BODY OF CHRIST, THE FULNESS OF HIM WHO FILLS ALL IN ALL? NO!
There really must be a better way of ministering to believers than we see attempted by the visible systems of religion! These “systems” have been mis-labeled “the church” which is His body. Is this too critical? Yes, when related to the religious systems. However, maybe not critical enough to our calling as a Kingdom Church of consecrated believers who are called to a Holy Priesthood!