“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter eight”

There are a people created by God and called to become His offspring. But, with many of these they continue to limit their goals in Christ simply because they limit their knowledge of Him. In this they are hindering their desire for Him. Often, as we consider our Christian peers, those who live around us, we limit ourselves because of what we see in them. However, the example that God places before us is Jesus alone and not our peers, so we are to look only toward Him. We need to begin to see Jesus Christ as He really is, that we might become like Him. This remains that which is God’s desire for us. In this framework or picture of Christ, we can regard His promises and His purpose as to that which is really ours to claim.

Remember God’s intent from the beginning as stated in Gen. 1:26-28 is, “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

This statement of fact, God’s original purpose in creating man, is that He would place a people over the works of His hands, as they multiply, replenish, and subdue the earth. They were to rule over the earth with care as they received knowledge and wisdom from God. This was to be accomplished in the spirit of the day as God so instructed them. However, in their disobedience to God’s stated purpose, they fell from that place of authority, the realm of dominion, to a place of servitude. But, God’s promised mercy was extended to them as a promise of restoration.

Man, in this fallen condition while living under the curse, and because of Jesus’ sacrifice, begins to awaken to the fact that he has need of a Savior. In finding his Savior man begins to understand that in order to have dominion over the earth, man must first of all take dominion, with God’s help, over self, over his lower fallen sin nature. This speaks to us of a need, that in taking dominion over all things (first our own bodies) we must first of all learn to contact and be controlled by the power of God that exists within each vessel who would receive Him. How is this possible? By gaining the knowledge needed and received by the indwelling Holy Spirit that is in the process of restoring man. This enables us to visualize and gain the goal God wishes for us to attain. What is your goal and in whom do you trust?

Wicked, degenerate desires of the fallen man will only seek to dominate and control self as well as others. Nevertheless, in Christ true righteousness and Godly inspired thoughts, when yielded to, will grow until completely manifesting from within. At which time these Godly inspired thoughts will become a reality. For this cause, man needs a vision, a revelation of God’s purpose. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law [government of God’s nature], happy is he”. What is a vision? A vision can become a prophetic vision, dream, oracle or a revelation, especially the kind of revelation that comes through knowledge and spiritual sight, namely a vision from God.

The prophets understood God’s counsel so clearly, because He revealed matters to them in visible means. In addition, when a society lacks any revelation (divine insight of God’s ways) from God such a society heads in the direction of anarchy. However, with a vision an revelation once received, the vessel can embrace the goal that embraces a desire and then hope knows fulfillment. Without a vision or revelation there can be no fulfillment, in which case the vessel without true life from God can only exist without spiritual fulfillment.

God, who is rich in mercy and grace delights in giving vision and revelation to the hungry soul. Along with the vision imparted, God releases from Himself a divine comforter with power to make it possible for the fulfillment of the vision and revelation. Therefore, we see a need for the vessel to receive that Holy Spirit anointing as spoken of in scripture.

1 Cor. 2:9-16. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man, which is in him? Even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit, which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Nevertheless, he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Two elements are necessary to know the things of God. First, we need a revelation from God, given by the Holy Spirit, as well as an appropriate spiritual response by man. The natural man, unregenerate and devoid of the Spirit, has no appreciation for the word of God. The spiritual man, regenerate and possessing spiritual enlightenment, has a nature that responds to the truth. Meanwhile, the carnal man, regenerate but living much like an unregenerate, is a believer with childish ways. One who lives more for human opinion than for Christ. In this God is not pleased. Note John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. 

        Making a people perfect is God’s divine purpose, thus the gift of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. However, we, the people of God must co-operate with the Holy Spirits progressive sanctifying work, which brings forth the act of perfection. Being obedient to this work is the pre-requisite, which produces perfection; therefore, obedience becomes a necessary product. John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”.

Jesus did not act independently of the Father. On the contrary, He understood that, because He and the Father were one, He did only what His Father showed Him. (Read John 12:49 and 14:10). As the comforter begins to speak guidance to His people, He becomes our inner guide who acts at first as the voice of “conscience.” The Holy Spirit gives counsel or gives a rebuke when a vessel is in error. He also freely gives divine approval for an act of obedience that is well done.

When a vessel rejects the voice of the conscience habitually, the conscience can become silent. 1 Tim. 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”. However, unto those who respond to the comforter’s divine invitation and instructions, a glory will begin to spring forth as the anointing of God manifest Himself.

John 15:4-7, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

The fruit that God is looking for in His people is a Christ likeness. In order to be productive a branch must submit to pruning, that is, to the discipline of the father while maintaining an abiding union with the vine. This union releases a glory as love returns to God. Love releases the comforter to become a constant living companion. The comforter, the Holy Spirit, will never fail us except when the vessel begins to reject Him. Meanwhile, while in submission, the Divine comforter and teacher will continue to enlighten us in every problem, regardless of how impossible they may seem.

John 16:13-15, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall he speak: and He will show you things to come, He shall glorify me; for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore, said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you”. The Holy Spirits ministry, as directed to believers is that of a teacher. What He teaches He draws from and conveys in the authority of Christ, and glorifies Christ in all that He does. True ministry in the Holy Spirit will never serve a private agenda. However, while working in and through God’s called first-fruits He continually glorifies Christ who glorifies the Father. Note John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.”

 

 

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