What is a Son Worth?

What God does in us has greater importance than what He does through us.

What is a true son worth? There are true sons and false sons. Heb. 12 states:

4 ¶  You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6  For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that if we have not experienced the chastening of the Lord in our spirits, we are illegitimate, and not a true sons. It is the work done in our spirits that creates His nature in us. This is borne out by verses 9-11. Continue reading

From the Theoretical to the Practical

God is continually taking His sons from the theoretical to the practical. The theoretical is the realm of revelation. We see and perceive many things in the realm of the theoretical. The practical is the realm of assimilation. John was told in Rev. 10 to take the book from the angel and eat it. The book was sweet as honey is his mouth, but bitter in his stomach. The theoretical is always sweet as honey. It is easy to rejoice in the theoretical. When we assimilate the theoretical, it works deep within our being, and we become what we have eaten. It is just like eating natural food. As long as it stays in our mouths, we can experience the taste and flavor of the food. We can smell its aroma. But that food cannot nourish our bodies until we swallow it. Once it’s in our stomachs, all the nutrients in that food begin to be assimilated into our bodies. While the food is in our mouths, it can be spit out. In the early stages of swallowing we can still vomit it up.  But once those vitamins and nutrients begin to be absorbed by our bodies, the food becomes indelibly a part of us. It cannot be separated from us. And so it is with spiritual things. Continue reading

Until We Say, Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

2nd Kings 5
1 ¶  Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.
2  Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
3  She said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.”
4  Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5  Then the king of Aram said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” He departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes of clothes.
6  He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, “And now as this letter comes to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
7  When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.”
8  It happened when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9 ¶  So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha.
10  Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.”
11  But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’
12  “Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
13  Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
14  So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.
15 ¶  When he returned to the man of God with all his company, and came and stood before him, he said, “Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; so please take a present from your servant now.”

We have within the above passages the revelation of our entrance into Zion. Zion is the realm of sonship, and the realm where all of God’s provision for us is fulfilled. Continue reading

The Gates of Zion Are Given a Voice

A message by Jim Puntney

The gates of Zion are given a voice, they are likened to the Watchman on the wall, it is their duty to speak, and to proclaim the will of our Father. This has played out in the past, and from the past examples we can take heed.

John was sent to the Jordan River to prepare a way, to cry out to those who had ears to hear. His message was contrary to the message of the day. He stood in opposition to the status quo. When questioned by the “authorities,”
his response was simple, and true.

“He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Continue reading

The Word Made Flesh

The Lord is appearing in His sons through the word. He is revealed in us by the word manifesting itself.

2nd Thess. 1
10  when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.
11 ¶  To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,
12  so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The above statement, that He is appearing in His sons through the word, is not a watered down “spiritualized” expression of the passages in Thessalonians. It would only appear that way to the religious soul life which always looks for the outwardly spectacular. Continue reading

More on the Word Made Flesh

 

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.

Psalm 105:
16  And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.
17  He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18  They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons;
19  Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.

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Christ Formed In Us

 

As sons are brought to maturity, we find it’s never about “us” becoming sons. The focus is on the one Son, Jesus Christ, formed in us. It is the Father relating to His son, Jesus Christ, abiding in us.

When we are in our spiritual infancy or adolescence, it’s always about “our” relationship with God. Our emphasis is always on what God is doing for us, or what He is doing in us. The focus is “us.” There is no reproach implied in such a statement. It must be this way as we grow. But there comes a time when we must die to this relationship. It doesn’t happen all at once, but a displacement of focus takes place. The Father cannot delight in His son within us if the Son is not yet formed in us. Yes, the moment we accept Christ into our lives the spirit of Christ dwells in our spirits. But this is not the same thing as Christ’s nature formed in us. Paul told the Galatians, “My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.” Many Christians live their entire lives in an infant/adolescent state. Why is this? It is because they have never embraced a living word. It is the living word of Christ, spoken into our lives, that grows until everything of self is pushed out. How we receive a living word and hold it dearly determines much. Paul told the Thessalonians, “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” A living word will perform its work in us. It will cause the crucifixion of the “me” realm and lead us into living in the “Him” realm.

It cannot be overstated that sonship is about the Father relating to the Son. The Father delights in the Son. When He sees His son formed in us, it becomes the basis of our joy. For it is Christ’s life coming forth in us, and we in Him. Being IN Him, and Him IN us, enables us to partake of all the joy wrapped up in the Father/Son relationship. It will forever be a paradox that Jesus Christ is the preeminent one, yet our lives are inseparable from His.

 

 

 

 

 

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

 

A message by Jim Putney.

Honor your Father and Mother. This has far reaching significance indicating our true parents, Truth & Love, Spirit & Truth — our Father and Mother from above.

Eph. 6
1 ¶  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Our Father is revealed in Christ, and so is our Mother, she is Zion, Jerusalem from above, and carries the same qualities the ability to conceive, nurture, and produce children. This is the core of our Fathers heart to see His children come forth from the marriage of Spirit and Truth. Zion being symbolically represented as our Mother from above. This was portrayed in Abraham and Sarah, and the birth of Isaac.

Paul states that Jerusalem from above is our Mother, and this reference is to Zion.

When we can see who are true parents are, we see the beauty our Father and Mother. There is nothing but our best interest expressed in them, regardless of the perceptions we may have about ourselves. Our parents are constantly looking out for our best, with wisdom, insight, and eternity all clearly in focus.

This understanding brings discipline or correction into greater meaning, in faith we can purely trust our parents, and rejoice in the correction they provide, even when it seems severe, or distasteful, we can be thankful for the wisdom, and Love that is expressed, knowing it is always perfect, and will yield the precious fruit of righteousness. This is the thankfulness in all things, for we begin to see how all things work together for good.

Gal. 4
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

To see our Mother we must seek the Lords best, and that is to see Zion as our home, and the perfect will of our Father. Here we find all that we could ever need and more, we find the blessings of the New Covenant, and the warmth of Truth and Love. We find our true family, those who are gathered along with us. Zion is the fulfillment of Bethany, a place of intimacy, of sharing, and rest. Zion is where the sons are born, and are prepared for the responsibilities that are soon to unfold.

This cannot be overstated due to its enormous meaning, “Honor your Father and Mother that it may be well with you, and that you may live long upon the earth.”

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.” Isaiah 66:8