God chose to demonstrate his glory through Jesus. You cannot separate God’s intentions from Jesus’ intentions. Jesus acted like a mirror to God’s character – showcasing it to the world through signs, wonders and miracles.
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.” Heb 1:3
If you see Jesus acting kindly and showing compassion – know that it is God’s heart as well. If you see Jesus telling the adulteress He does not condemn her – know that this is God’s heart as well. Jesus only did what He saw reflected in His Father’s heart – and this resulted in people being healed, lives being saved and condemnation being taken away.
“So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].” John 5:19
God is good and kind, and He loves perfectly. He demonstrated this through the life of Jesus on earth. Never forget that!
In the previous posts we spoke about your identity as a son of God. Your new nature does not resemble a timid slave, but rather an heir of God through Christ. Your entire nature changes when you become a son of God, so you now possess the authority to speak and change situations in life. There are quite a few other verses testifying to God’s power which is now in you, working through you:
“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control” 2 Tim 1:7
“However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.” 2 Cor 4:7
There is no way you can produce power out of your own effort. It is, once again, realizing what Jesus accomplished on the cross which will enable God’s power to work through you. Realize that He now dwells within you, and makes His power available through you in order to touch people’s lives and demonstrate His goodness to the world.
In the previous two posts we spoke about our positions as sons of God, not slaves of God. Being sons of God, it follows that we are heirs of God. This means we will never lack any beneficial thing. Today I want to speak a little about your new natures as sons of God.
Firstly the Word tells us that we become a new creation the moment we believe in Jesus:
“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17
Our natures change completely once we are born again. We become sons of God. The essence of a human runs through the veins of a newborn baby. The essence of God’s spirit runs through the veins of a newborn Christian. We now possess the authority and the power to speak life into dead situations. We can change events with what we say. The same spirit which raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us (Rom 8:11), meaning we can now do the works that Christ did, and even greater works (John 14:12)!
Jesus raised people from the dead, miraculously fed hungry mouths, calmed storms, walked on water and many more incredible things! This is now our new identity – no threatening circumstances should intimidate us anymore!
In the previous post I spoke about your new identity being one of a son, not one of a slave. The last quoted verse was Galatians 4:7:
“…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.”
As a son of God, you are an heir of God through your faith in Jesus. Everything on earth – all the riches and treasures – belongs to God.
“For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s and everything that is in it.” 1 Cor 10:26
That means, as a son and an heir of God, you will never lack anything. All the riches and the treasures on earth are your inheritance through Christ. These don’t only include spiritual blessings (like healing, deliverance and freedom) but physical blessings as well. God wants us to prosper in all aspects of life!
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” 3 John 1:2
If you are a millionaire your son won’t walk around barefoot in the middle of winter… How much more surely will God bless you, if He owns the earth and everything on it?
Many Christians walk through life not knowing who they are. Most of the time they feel condemned, useless and devoid of power. God wants you to know who you are. First and foremost – if you believe in Jesus – you are a son/daughter of God (for all intents and purposes ‘son’, in this context, refers to both male and female genders).
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.” Gal 3:26
“And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.” Gal 4:6-7
You don’t have to fear God’s wrath like a slave does – you can approach Him knowing how much love He has for His children. Your mindset should also move away from religious service (like a slave) to a loving relationship (like a son). When in doubt, always refer back to the natural examples God gave us. An earthly father will not love you more if you scrub his floors all day and look to the ground when you speak to him. God is no different – He is content and delighted if you tell Him how much you love Him and spend time with Him.
Ever since childhood we are taught the earthly principles of input and earnings. If we work harder, we can earn more. If we put hours of effort into a task we receive a greater reward. Christianity does not operate according to the laws and principles of the natural realm – Jesus made this perfectly clear.
He used a parable about laborers in order to demonstrate the Kingdom’s principle of input and reward. A few laborers were hired during the day – some right at the beginning and some throughout the day until just before they received their payment. Those working from earlier on in the day expected more payment than those who started working right before they received their wages – yet they all received the same amount.
“Now when the first came, they supposed they would get more, but each of them also received a denarius. And when they received it, they grumbled at the owner of the estate, saying, These [men] who came last worked no more than an hour, and yet you have made them rank with us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day. But he answered one of them, Friend, I am doing you no injustice. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this man hired last the same as I give to you.” Matthew 20:10-14
The laborers showing up for work represent Christians coming to faith in Christ. All of them receive the FULL measure of grace that Jesus gave through the cross, as well as every gift of life, healing and freedom that comes with it. It does not matter how long you have been a Christian – if you believe, you receive the ENTIRE gift. God does not differentiate between ‘established’ and ‘new’ Christians. Every person is free to receive the complete, overwhelming experience of His grace – up until the very last second before Jesus returns!
God takes provision and blessing to another level. He does not just merely supply your needs, but He goes over and beyond the norm in order to bless you!
In Psalm 23:2 we don’t just read He leads us to pastures, but He specifically leads us to the best, most tender and greenest pastures (the most delicious!). Later on in the Psalm we read that our cup is not only filled, it runs over (v. 5).
Other verses that testifies about the God of MORE than enough:
“Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron.” Is 60:17
“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]…” Eph 3:20
This last verse describes God’s provision as being superabundant, more than we can ever dare to ask for or think! If you can imagine something good in your life, God will go infinitely beyond this and surprise you with His goodness.