The Manifestation of the Sons Of God, Part 2
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PURPOSE OF MANIFESTATION
The manifestation of the sons of God is for a definite purpose. God would not just reveal His sons for nothing, just as we are not just saved to make heaven. Rather, there is a reason why God would openly and boldly display His sons for all to see. This reason is quite unlike that of earthly men who boast about the latest acquired assets and achievements just to draw praise from men and be regarded as important. In John 1:30-31 we see that Jesus Christ was manifested to Israel as affirmed by John the Baptist. But for what purpose we may ask ourselves? 1 John 3:5 & 8 goes further to tell us the reason: Jesus Christ was manifested to take away our sins and to destroy the works of the devil. Thus, we see that the heavens did not just open over the life of Jesus with dove descending on Him for no reason. We see that the loud and open declaration by God about the Beloved Son in whom He is well pleased was not just for announcement sake. No, all these events were for a purpose. We must have this at the back of our minds and written in our hearts. The divine manifestation that is bound to happen in our lives is for a definite purpose. May the heavens not have cause to regret over our lives.
My brother, my sister, don’t you know that the reason God suddenly made you the cynosure of all eyes around you is so that you would draw men to Him.
What then is the purpose for our divine manifestation? Mark 4: 21-22 tells us that a candle (lamp) is not to be hid under a bushel, rather it is meant to be lit (manifested) for all to see. Matthew 5:14-16 also tells us that we are lights of the world. It says that we are meant to shine before men, so that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. In other words, our shining before men which is the manifestation is so that these men would be drawn to our Father. It is only those who have this understanding that can indeed be displayed by their Father. 1 Pet 2:9 also tells us that we have been saved and called His own so that we can show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness. Permit me to go further to say that the reason why God would suddenly make an unknown man become relevant in this world is not so that he can begin to acquire properties or make a name for himself. Rather, it is so that His glory would be revealed through such a man. As we would later on discover, we see that Mordecai had to rebuke Esther when it seemed that she had forgotten why God made her queen. He explained to her that the reason for her manifestation was because God wanted to use her to save the Jews from extermination by Haman. My brother, my sister, don’t you know that the reason God suddenly made you the cynosure of all eyes around you is so that you would draw men to Him. May we not with our own hands frustrate the purpose for our manifestation. May we always remember that we are nothing but vessels in the hands of our master meant to be displayed for men to see His glory.
PREPARATION FOR DIVINE MANIFESTATION
We have been able to establish the fact that we are in the season of manifestation and that even the earth is eagerly waiting. However, we must know that God is not in a hurry to just reveal anyone; rather it is only SONS who have earned the trust of their father that can be revealed. This is more so because it is risky to entrust serious Kingdom matters to someone who is just a child. God is patient and ready to wait until that child becomes a son. Not only that, God in His infinite mercies and unfathomable wisdom has made provisions through which those who are still children can become sons qualified and fit for His use. That provision is what I believe we could refer to as the preparation for divine manifestation. We would therefore be looking at this process of preparation. Why is it important? What does it entail? We would also look at some case studies in the bible.
We must note that everyone one of us starts as children but grow to become sons. Sonship is not attained in a day rather after a process of time. (Isa 9:6). To be qualified for divine manifestation, the ‘child’ has to grow, to mature until he has been proven capable.
Therefore we can say that the preparation phase involves two phases:
1) Growth phase from being a babe to becoming a son
2) Another preparation to take us from the level of being ‘sons’ to ‘sons in whom He is well pleased!’
Becoming Sons from children
Spiritual growth has nothing to do with age or what we can see physically rather it has to do with our inner-man. Spiritual growth means becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. A matured Christian is one who is experienced and skilled in the doctrine of righteousness. His senses are trained by practice to differentiate between what is good and evil (Heb 5:11-14). There are different aspects of spiritual growth as revealed in Colossians 2:6-7
Deep roots (we are expected to be rooted in Him)
In Matthew 13:6 &21, we see that any Christian who has no deep roots will wither away when challenging situation arises. Such a Christian’s faith has no proper anchor and even though there is initial enthusiasm yet there is no consistency or lasting experience. This is quite the common case these days where you see a lot of Christians with no genuine salvation experience or assurance of salvation. These ones have no personal testimony of a personal encounter with Christ even though they are also called Christians. It is expected of us to be rooted and grounded in God’s love (Eph. 3:17), to have a solid anchor for our Christian faith.
Spiritual growth has nothing to do with age or what we can see physically rather it has to do with our inner-man. Spiritual growth means becoming more and more like Jesus Christ.
Well-built (Built up in Him)
Not only is Christ the foundation of our Christian experience, He is also the master builder. A mature Christian is one who is properly built up in Him; he is well nourished because he has been fed with good balanced diet. God’s word is able to build us up but we must yield ourselves to His word. A mature Christian is one whose life has been built with the building blocks of faith. It is quite unfortunate that we see a lot of Christians who have no understanding of basic tenets of the Christian faith such as redemption, sanctification, the power of the cross, etc. No wonder we see a lot of malnourished Christians with stunted growth. Blessed is the man who delights himself in God’s word and meditates on it day and night, he shall flourish!
Established in the faith
Spiritual growth is always characterized by challenges and trying situations; there would be times when our faith in God would be tested by our experiences. This is actually part of the master plan of our Father. Just as gold appears purer even when passed through fiery furnace, so also would we go through experiences that only serve to bring out the best in us. We can also illustrate that with the seeds planted in the farm. After germinating and growing with deep roots, there are times when that growing plant experiences the scorching heat of the sun, at other times, it is the heavy down pour of rain. Yet in all these, the plant becomes established! Likewise, any Christian who would become a son must also be established!
One of the signs of maturity is the bearing of fruits. Indeed, this is paramount in the heart of God. There is nothing that displeases God as much as seeing a branch not bearing fruit. It is the expectation in His heart that every branch connected to Him bears fruit. Anyone with the desire of being called His son must have this understanding. However, note that the fruit that the Father expects to see is a manifestation of His nature and character in our lives. He is not interested in the number of churches we build, or the number of religious activities we carry out. Rather, the sole desire of His heart is to see His first born SON, Jesus Christ, manifested/displayed in our lives.
Oh! Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful compassion and purity.
O thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
We have thus seen that anyone who would be called His son must have deep roots in Him and be built up in Him and not on doctrines. Such a person is also established despite all the trying experiences and finally that person is clearly like Christ in His speech, character, conduct, etc.
Becoming the Son in whom He is well-pleased.
This raises a lot of issues in our heart. There is a tendency to think that becoming the son in whom the Father is well-pleased is the exclusive right of Jesus, that is, we can never attain to that level. However, that is not true. It is possible for us to become such sons; indeed it is the expectation of our Father. We must however take note of certain things
Not by our works
In Matthew 3:17, we see that the declaration made about Jesus was not as a result of the good works He did neither was it because of the miracles He performed. Rather, it was because as the heavens opened, the Father saw in Jesus His own nature and character. He saw His exact replica! The same principle applies to us. It is the desire of our Father that when our lives are opened before Him, He sees Jesus in us. This pleases Him a lot! All our conducts and righteousness would just be as filthy rag before Him if we do not put on Jesus as our robe of righteousness. In summary, the more of Jesus He sees in us, the more He is pleased. Thus, becoming the son in whom He is well pleased would mean completely allowing Jesus to take over our lives.
The help of the Holy Spirit
In His desire to help us please Him, the Father has sent us the Holy Spirit. Philippians 2:13 tells us that there is a power that works in us to will and do what pleases God. That power which works in us is the Holy Spirit. We also see this illustrated in Esther 2:11-15. Esther needed to please the King to become the Queen (the desire of his heart). This was a great challenge because no one actually knew what exactly pleased the king. So, we see how she along with other maidens was first prepared for 12 months before being presented to the King. However, we should note that verse 15 tells us that she yielded completely to the instructions of Hegai the King’s Chamberlain who she had a good relationship with and this inevitably helped her to please the King. This in itself is a pointer to the heart of the Father. It is only those who have good relationship with the Holy Spirit and completely yield to his instructions that would do what pleases the father. For just as Hegai being a chamberlain knew what to do to please the king, so also, the Holy Spirit being one with the Father knows what brings delight to the Father. No wonder, the scriptures tell us that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Indeed, anyone truly led by the Holy Spirit would inevitably please the Father.
Finally, it must be said that obedience to God’s Word is necessary if we would be counted among those who please Him. It is only those who are sold out to doing His will at all times that give Him great delight.
Dear friend, it is clear that God is looking for vessels of transformation at such a time like this to bring about the change that this earth expects. Such vessels of transformation would be those who He would boldly call His SONS who please Him. Would you be counted amongst that number?
The Post at A Glance!
Summary The manifestation of the sons of God is for a definite purpose. God would not just reveal His sons for nothing, just as we are not just saved to make heaven. Rather, there is a reason why God would openly and boldly display His sons for all to see. This reason is quite unlike that of earthly men who boast about the latest acquired assets and achievements just to draw praise from men and be regarded as important.
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