It’s significant that Jesus never said “Thus says the Lord.” He also never spoke in first person when relating the word of the Father. He simply spoke the word. Yes, Jesus did say He only spoke what He heard the Father speak. It was the oneness with the Father that allowed Him to speak naturally without any hyperbole. So many want to emulate the Old Testament prophets by speaking in first person. They think by doing so it will give legitimacy to what they have to say. But this is not so. Only in the soul realm of religion are people impressed by someone speaking in first person or saying “Thus says the Lord.” It brings self importance to the speaker more than anything else. Consider also that 1st. Cor. 14 speaks of how the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. This means we bear the responsibility for what we speak. This is why Paul said to let the prophets speak two or three, and the others judge. The Greek word for judge is diakrino. It could more accurately be translated as discern. Let the others discern what God is speaking. This is the reason behind Jesus speaking in parables. Truth is hidden from those without the capacity to hear it. When truth is heard by a revelation of the Holy Spirit, then it has truly been heard. We should never have to tell anyone God is speaking when speaking His word. Continue reading
26 ¶ While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” Continue reading
Above all else we want to be fruitful in the Lord. But how does the fruitfulness come about? The fruitfulness we desire comes through the word in us. It is a living word grown to maturity within us that produces the fruitfulness of the kingdom of God. But how does the word come to maturity? It comes through many testings and adversity. Continue reading
1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 ¶ The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
When God begins to speak such as He has in the messages The Divine Order of the Kingdom and Serving the Server, I am always looking to Him for the practical application of His word. We make a mistake when we rejoice in the revelation of the word but never walk in the practical application of it. The two messages mentioned above carry sweeping revelation that seems beyond where the kingdom of God’s manifestation in the literal earth is right now. By that I mean where Christianity is living on a practical level. But here is the point. Everything that God speaks has a personal fulfillment as well as a collective one. Fulfillment begins individually in sons before it is manifested universally in the earth. Verses 12-13 of the above text say “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” These passages are speaking of receiving. This is the same emphasis of the message Serving the Server. When Jesus washed the disciples feet they needed to receive what He was doing to them. We remember how Peter first protested when Jesus began to wash his feet. Jesus told Peter that if He didn’t wash his feet, then he had no part in Him. This is what verses 12-13 are telling us. Only those who receive Him are born of God, or, being born of God (an on going manifestation). This is not a one time receiving. We are to perpetually receive Him as His word comes to us afresh. Continue reading
How does Christ wash our feet? Jesus told Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Now, we know that Jesus does not come and physically wash our feet. He also told Peter, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Jesus was not teaching the disciples about humility in washing their feet. He was teaching them about authority. This is often missed when reading these passages. What is the application of these passages for us today? How is Christ’s authority manifested to us? His authority is manifested to us through His word. Interestingly enough, it is also through the word that we are cleansed. Jesus told the disciples in John 15, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” When we receive a living word from the Lord that word has within it the capacity to cleanse us. A true living word doesn’t come just as a teaching or a revelation, but as an expression of Christ’s authority. It is a manifestation of Christ Himself. When Peter protested Jesus washing his feet, it was an expression of the Adamic nature’s pride. Christians in general are very desirous of the blessings of Christ’s word. But too many pick and choose which words they will receive. If there is humility being taught in the washing of the disciples’ feet, it is not the humility of doing the washing, but in receiving the washing. Continue reading
The divine order of the kingdom has yet to be manifested. We have seen shadows of it in the predominately soul realm as God has restored gifts and gift ministries over the years. The emphasis of Eph. 4 on apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers has brought much teaching on so-called divine order. The shepherding movement of some years past attempted to impose a “divine order” upon people. Some of these movements were well intentioned while others were blatant attempts at controlling others. But they all collapsed or are tottering under the weight of soul realm hierarchy.
The divine order of the kingdom will not be ministered through church age ministries, whether it be apostles, prophets, or any other office. The divine order of the kingdom of God will be established through sons functioning in Christ’s priesthood. Continue reading