The Revealing of the Sons of God
Gal. 4:1-7, Ro. 8:14-19
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
The sons of God inherit the promises and are doing the “will of him that sent me”. Children don’t do the Father’s business. They have stewards or guardians. Though children in the legal manner are “masters”, they are not able to exercise their “office” because they have need of maturity. They need to really understand who they are, who their Father is, who their elder brother is and as a family together what their mission is “whilest it’s yet day”.
When we speak of going on to maturity, we mean going on to, through and with the “elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Heb. 6:1-2 Going on to perfection then means going on to maturity. One of the main elements of maturity is doing the Father’s business.
What is the Father’s business? Matt. 4:23 says, ” Now Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” 1John 3:8 states “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Read Is.61:1-3
From the above scriptures (and others) we can see that the will of Him (the Father) is to teach and preach the gospel of the kingdom, heal all kinds of sickness and disease and destroy the works of the devil. We could mention many others here such as to “seek and to save” and “that none should perish but have everlasting life.” But suffice to say the above makes clear our mandate. This mandate or work or business of the Father is why the sons of God need to inherit or have manifest the promises or inheritance of God. The inheritance is what gives us the power and ability to “destroy the works of the devil“. Now that we see the need of responding to the call of sonship, so that we might finish his work (Jn. 4:34), let’s talk about how we release this kind of power that would destroy the works of the devil.
Jesus, our elder brother, is our example.
If we will look at the four gospels at every place where Jesus was doing the Father’s business (v.s. communion with the Father) He was commanding, requiring or calling for something to be a certain way. If our elder brother is doing this, we likewise might imitate Him, follow His footsteps in commanding, requiring or calling for. Scripturally, we are on solid footing when we do so. There are many scriptures that use the word ASK, such as Jn.15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” In the Greek, this word ask means to beg, crave, desire, require, or call for. The word ask has such a wide range. A good possibility that the Lord chose this word with such a wide range is because His children and sons are of such a wide range. When we are children we need to beg, crave and desire. But as we learn the Father’s business, we like Jesus, go on to require and call for a thing or situation.
In looking at Jesus going about the Father’s business we see him speaking (or commanding, requiring or calling for) to the spiritual and natural realms of life. Out of all the miracles we never see Him calling on the Father for help. A few times He calls on the Father to glorify His name but not for help. Jesus is not looking to the Father for help when He is destroying the works of the devil. Jesus knows who He is and that He has been given all authority to do the work He is doing. The application of power has to do with authority and Jesus has been given all authority.
Here are just a few examples of Jesus at work. Pay attention to His “prayer”.
The Leper–Matt 8:1-
The Centurion’s Servant–Matt8:13
The Sea is Stilled–Matt8:23
Demons Cast Out–Matt8:28
Two Blind Men Healed–Matt9:27
Understanding and receiving and walking in the authority that Jesus walked in will guarantee us the results and greater works shall ye do that Jesus got. Let us be clear. All that we do to destroy the works of the devil is simply an extension of Jesus Christ, Christ in us the hope of glory. We are the Body of Christ. It is His Body that destroys the kingdom of darkness and advances and builds the kingdom of our God and of His Christ! A new paradigm of “prayer” is offered here. We are not looking to the Father for help. He has already given it to us. We are commanding, requiring, calling for the spirit realm and the natural realm to come into alignment with the will of God, His Word, His promises.
God has chosen to use us, His sons to “execute the written judgments, this privilege have all the saints” Ps.149 Jesus has restored unto us the keys of the kingdom, to bind and loose. With these keys of authority, we are to bring the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. We see Jesus at work rebuking on one hand and blessing on another. Binding and Loosing might be otherwise described as Rebuking and Blessing.
Apart from knowing the promises of God, our inheritance, the Word of God, how shall we walk in them. Our ability to release power in the earth is directly proportionate to our faith. “So Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.” Ro.10:17 Do you have the faith to command the wind, call for a fish with money in it, heal the sick? We should. Jesus died so that the sons of God would be revealed. You see saints, all creation is waiting, it’s groaning for the revealing of the sons of God. When will creation see them?