Increase, a word from the dictionary which means “to become greater in size, amount, and degree, that is, to grow”. When used concerning spiritual maturity it points to enlarging from within because of a revelation received. The understanding is enlarged to become the manifestation of the revelation. When considering God’s desire for mankind to increase in spiritual stature, He purposed for His Son to be birthed into the earth realm. This Son, coming to the visible earth realm, He became the pattern Son before mankind. This Son became the example to use for God’s desired family. This pattern Son was given unto creation, but not for man to just look upon or read about. His main focus was to become God’s redeemer. To take the fallen creation into the realm of restoration in bringing forth His purposed completed creation. A creation purposed to receive the Christ-seed within for the purpose of growth, that is spiritual increase. Remember, God released from Himself the law of the seed which declares, “every seed shall bring forth after it’s own kind”. This law was given to mature the seed until the ripened fruit of the seed appears. Each seed would have a like-kind nature, a like-kind manifestation even as the first-born Son Jesus Christ. Speaking of a body of people who become a harvest of like-kind sons. That is, a Christ reproducing His own life in those who believe and receive Him unto manifestation.
In becoming a like-kind people, a knowing that becomes our necessity is the need to be born-again. Being born-again speaks of a great deal more than a one-time event, more than just forgiveness from past sins. But, it does declare loudly of the many member body of Christ having the Christ-nature formed within them. This speaks of the characteristics that Jesus Christ exhibited in His human life to be exhibited in and through His many member body. In this truth, a change is needed and necessary concerning our ability to see God’s will more clearly. In this, the Holy Spirit becomes the specialist needed to bring healing to the eye and we might see Him as He truly is. A need to see Him clearly that we might become like Him. Herein, we can began to know truth causing us to see man’s error. Having a need to correct any error of a limited life-style, that is a need to be saved by grace as it comes only from Christ Jesus. Being forgiven though grace opens the door to a far greater realm of living. A coming into an intimate oneness with our creator God as we become liken unto Him and therein become His workmen. Note 2 Tim. 2:15 in encouraging us, “Be diligent [study] to present yourself approved to God, a worker [workman, a laborer] who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
While God’s grace towards mankind is a time of unmerited love and favor, it also forgives us of all the sins produced by man’s sin-nature. In this, God’s desire is to release man from the realm of grace only and become mature vessels living in a realm of God-life. The God-life spoken of is as it was when breathed into Adam as he originally came from God. With God’s spiritual life able to take fallen man out of his temporal natural life-style, the eternal reality of life in God corresponds to what exist in a life of pure reality. A life of true reality as it exist in the realm of a God-life. Know that grace covers us while living unto the death realm, but when a living soul lives again, it becomes the true life of Christ in us to know the reality of the Christ-life. Understand that spiritual revelation is that Christ-life which enables man to see and know Christ as He is. Matt. 16:16-17, “Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”.
Herein, man must begin to see that his ability through the fleshly mindedness of the carnal mind does not enable him to see the Christ. Man’s common sense realm, even as the disciples at the above time in their lives, could only know Him by their eyes and ears. But, by Peters confession, beyond the natural mind, the Holy Spirit can move man beyond the sense realm to a realm of revelation and truth. Taking man beyond the intellectual and natural universe to the revelation of true facts concerning a true appearing Christ, revealing His world. That which the sense realm of the natural mind cannot penetrate, the Spirit of God reveals. Here we need to understand that a new birth becomes very necessary. The new birth is more than simply being “saved”. It is a requalifying experience, opening up the possibilities of our whole being unto the supernatural dimensions of life which fits us for living in God’s kingdom order. John 3:3, states, “Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God”. A truth which is factual, revealed facts concerning the kingdom of God can only come to those that are truly born again.
Herein, with a true desire expressed to serve and live a fully completed life in Christ, know that God’s foremost desire is to give us all His good gifts. That is, seeing Him as He is that we might glorify Him. Luke 11:13, “If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Our primary needs are spiritual and a proper relationship with God through this sent Holy Spirit is our ground of assurance and that He will provide all our spiritual and material needs. As men receives from God, rightly pursuing Him enables the vessel to bring glory to the Father. Herein, the receiving person is enlarged to manifest that which is of the revealed Christ and therefore enabling the world to behold the Christ whom the Father sent.
The importance of a manifesting relationship with Jesus Christ determines the need to understand Him. In this we must come into a right relationship with Him, otherwise God’s Word remains no more than words as in any another book without true spiritual meaning or understanding. John 5:39-40 uncovers for us the error that exist among many vessels, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they that testify of me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life”. Much study and reading of scriptures without a daily relationship with Christ separates man from the ability of truly knowing Him. In this truth, the understanding of who Christ is in truth is absent. For, without reservation, the natural carnal mind can not know Jesus Christ, but only about Him. In this regard, the sense-realm of the carnal man will eventually explain away the Christ and His truth. Matt. 11:27, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him”.
1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world”.
The greatness of God through Jesus Christ and His many member body is already in the world. These are appearing to reveal the true Christ that has and is come into this world. One God given rule that increases and releases spiritual discernment is the law of obedience. Know, without doubt, concerning spiritual matters, man’s logical reasonings, his curiosity and various kinds of arguments do not reveal spiritual truth. The whole concept of revelation and the wisdom of God is birthed and manifest from God when He came to us in a flesh and blood man. This flesh and blood man as sent from God became the Christ seed to be placed, to be planted within the receiving man as a seed to bring forth after its own kind.
It is this Christ-kind seed that is maturing within a many member body according to the same Christ who first came as Jesus and is to manifest again in the earth. This now appearing of the Christ seed harvest, even as the first-born Son, is to make the appearance of His promised appearing during these last days. But, this time His appearing is in a many member body to manifest the glory of God throughout the earth. How and why? Because these many member first-fruits of the harvest are in Christ and He is in them even as the Father and the Son are one. 1 Cor. 1:29-30, “That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”. For this cause and purpose Jesus says, “Come unto Me”.
This fact is a surety, because the invitation is assured and Christ shall fulfill it. While “come unto me” stands, the one thing that keeps us from following Him is being obstinate. This word “obstinate” from the dictionary explains itself. “Unreasonably determined to have one’s own way, not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn”. This speaks of a people who want everything to bend to their own views. In “coming to Him” it must be with complete abandonment. We must give ourselves completely to Christ as we leave all of self (mind, will, emotions and desires) in His hands.
In the increase of God’s purpose for His created man, understanding becomes the essential truth that while here on this earth the pattern Son never spoke of the development stages, but His desire was to state and instill unto man the facts. One such fact is stated in John 3:7 when He declared, You must be born again”. In declaring this statement, know that it is not a command, but a statement of a foundational fact. This fact reveals that the purpose of His coming was for man’s redemption. Redemption is the fact that He teaches concerning what we should be. It is a description of God’s undertaking to make for Himself a man. This man’s completed purpose is to let the power of God work through him. This speaks loudly of redemption giving man the disposition of Jesus Christ for the manifestation of His life put within us to manifest the Christ.
In becoming a born-again vessel know that the life of Jesus does not come through imitating Him as we try to do what we consider as all the right things. The life of Christ only comes as each vessel identifies with His death, that is dying with Him. His cross, His death, is that which becomes the door to the reality of redemption. Meaning, His cross becomes the means by which our lives manifest the disposition of Jesus Christ, His characteristics. How can this be? It becomes the inworking of the indwelling Holy Spirit who gains victory with us over all our selfish desires. This work of the Holy Spirit becomes our liberty to see God’s purpose in us, to become His manifesting workman. Acts 26:18, “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power [authority] of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified [set apart] by faith in Me”.
Herein, another fact concerning man’s regeneration experience. This experience must be exercised to work out for us what God has placed within. Phil. 2:12-13, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed [to listen attentively, answer and respond, submit without reservation], not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works [the working of His power and its effectual results] in you both to will and to do His good pleasure”. To do God’s good pleasure speaks of appropriating Christ’ redemption in our every day affairs, not just in time of crisis. Unto those who receive, God’s grace does not fail when vessels ask for His help. In coming to Him for help, His help is hindered unless we make our lives, our nature His ally. In allowing His nature to replace the sin-nature within, He regenerated us while putting us in contact with all His divine resources.
The necessary need for man is to understand that God will not make us walk according to His will. But while and when a vessel obeys the Holy Spirit in our physical life, God continues to speak as He reveals Himself. Herein, our prayerful desire is to ask God for an ear to hear what He is saying to us. As we hear and obey, the progressive work of sanctification within us becomes complete and begins to manifest, not the I but the Christ in us. Herein, God’s grace always stands by us as the work of the Holy Spirit brings transformation. That is, being transformed from our old sin-nature to become the nature of Christ manifest. Herein we become that for which we have been purposely birthed. A new creation manifesting the nature of Christ unto a sinful, corrupt world. Man becoming a new creation and establishing God’s kingdom from within.