Fullness Deposit

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“I have all the fullness of Christ within me!” A supernatural calm came over me as a woman yelled in this in my face. I thought something like, “Major disconnect” and “Wow! The fullness of Christ doesn’t act like that.” I try to stay as teachable as possible, because I know that we can all err as Mark 12:24 puts it because we do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God. If you know of anyone who doesn’t have gaps in knowing the Scriptures or the power of God, I really want to meet them! In this Kingdom Day, we will each be filled with all the fullness of God according to the breadth, length, depth and height of the love of Christ in our lives (Eph 3:17-19).

This bizarre yelling encounter led me to study the word “fullness” in Scripture. Numbers 18: 27 sets a precedence for the word “fullness,” because the first occurrence in Scripture always does (BTW – It’s Strong’s OT:435 mel-ay-aw’). Numbers 18:27 is talking about the “terumah” in Hebrew, which is a heave offering. Basically, it’s a true contribution from the heart primarily. Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) is our heave offering (terumah) – a wholehearted contribution. Our Beloved Messiah taught that the terumah offering that Moses gave in Numbers 18:25-31 was essentially a willing heart; therefore, the congregation of the Living God is formed by having a willing heart… being wholehearted by having a heart to do the perfect will of the Father. If you and I are to walk in the same manner as Jesus did (1 John 2:6), we are to do everything with all our heart.

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Let’s take a closer look at the context and background of the Numbers 18:27 “fullness:”

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: ‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord, a TENTH OF THE TITHE. And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the FULLNESS of the winepress. Israel Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the Lord, from all the best of them, the consecrated part of them.’ ” (Number 18:25-29 KJV emphasis mine).

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A terumah is separated from the grain at the threshing floor and from the grape juice and/or olive oil as it ripens in a vat. In Biblical times, when the Levites received their 10% share from the other Israelites, it was required that they raise up their “tithe from the tithe” (i.e. “tenth of the tithe”) as a gift to God Himself before it was given to His priests. The “tithe from the tithe” had the status of a terumah, which meant that only a Kohen (descendant of the first High Priest Aaron) may eat it and it had to be kept in a state of purity.

Notice that the terumah applies to grain, wine and oil. The oil symbolizes the pouring out of the Spirit of the Living God while the grain and grape juice symbolizes Yeshua’s communion elements given first by a priest of the Order of Melchizedek (Gen 14:18). The Old Testament terumah picture of the “tithe on the tithe” is a foreshadowing of the New Testament reality of the 10% earnest or deposit of the Holy Spirit that happens when by grace through faith Christ dwells in the heart of one who believes (Eph 2:8; 3:17):

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Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the EARNEST OF THE SPIRIT” (2 Corinthians 5:5 ASV emphasis mine).

In  whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel  of your salvation : in whom also after that ye believed , ye were SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, WHICH IS THE EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE UNTIL THE REDEMPTION OF THE PURCHASED POSSESSION, unto the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV emphasis mine).

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Next time we will discuss the phrase “until the redemption of the purchased possession.” For now, let’s stand amazed at the deep meaning of the Hebrew Word Picture for the word “fullness” that was hidden thousands of years before Christ died for you and me on the cross, which puts an exclamation point to the 10% deposit (earnest) of the Holy Spirit Scriptures. The Hebrew Word Picture for mel-ay-aw’ “fullness” communicates that the water (i.e. the Holy Spirit and/or the Word) reveals the Shepherd (Yeshua) who shows us the Father. We should definitely raise our hands at the heave offering graciously given to us at the cross! Let’s worship the Lamb of God who is most worthy of our praise!

For those of you who are still wondering about our being filled with all the fullness of Christ, please remember that there’s a heavenly position of the 100% fullness of Christ and your manifest earthly condition of that heavenly position. Jesus Christ’s fullness of the Spirit was, is, and will always be 100%. Your fullness of His Spirit is not. Not yet, anyway. Any work of the Spirit in our lives grows as we obey the Father, and walk in the truth, faith and grace of the Son. Stay tuned, because a soon coming attraction is there is a Kingdom time and Kingdom place where “we all will come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13 KJV). Notice how it says “we all come… unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” because this is both an individual and corporate work of His Spirit by the Blood according to the Father’s heart.

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~Robin Main

Posted 08-21-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries

Keys to the Redemption of Our Body – Part 2

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“Therefore when he comes into the world, he says, ‘Sacrifice and offering you didn’t desire, But a body did you prepare for me’ … Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of me) To do your will, God’ ” (Hebrews 10:5,7 HNV).

KEYS TO THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY – PART 2

According to Hebrews 10:5, Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) came into the world for the purpose of the redemption of His Body, which is our body as well. Know that it’s our beautiful Heavenly Father who is preparing a mature body to be placed on Christ’s mature Head (Rev 1:14). One of the keys to the REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY is highlighted in Hebrews 10:7. If the mature Head — Yeshua — came to do the will of the Father (John 5:19; John 5:30; John 8:28; John 14:30-31; John 15:5), you can bet that His Mature Body will do the same.

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In fact, yesterday’s post revealed that a good and just man – Joseph of Arimathaea – who was the only one to have charge of the burial of the Body of Jesus holds some kingdom keys for us today on how to prepare the crucified Body of Christ for the ultimate redemption of our Body. The fine linen that the Body of Christ was wrapped in, the tomb that His Body was lain in that was hewn out of rock, and the stone that was rolled over the tomb’s door all point to the same kingdom reality that a prepared Body for Christ does the perfect will of the Father:

1. Fine Linen – Rev 19:8 shows us that the clean and white fine linen that arrays the wife of the Lamb is the righteous acts or deeds of the saints.

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2. Tomb Hewn out of Rock – Christ’s Church is built upon the rock (Matt 16:18). It’s noteworthy that Matt 7:24 equates a wise man who built his house on the rock to whoever hears His words and does them.

3. Stone for the Tomb’s Door – Remember that the word for “stone” in Hebrew is a contraction of two words: av = father & ben = son. Therefore, a stone is a picture of the Father and Son being so integrated that you can’t seem to figure out where one begins and another ends. It’s their essence of ONENESS, as proclaimed in John 17:21. Our destiny as God’s people is to walk in the same glory that the Father gave to Yeshua. How did Yeshua glorify the Father on earth? John 17:4 says through accomplishing the work the Father gave Him to do.

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Do you see a fundamental building block for the REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY? If believers truly want to become mature sons of God, we must do what Jesus did. We can do nothing, but what we see the Father doing (John 5:19).

James chapter 2 backs up the fact that the righteous deeds of the saints are the essence of our pure & spotless bridal garment: “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only … For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:20-24,26 NKJV).

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Posted 08-15-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries

Keys to the Redemption of Our Body – Part 1

There was a good and just man who was the only one to have charge of the burial of the Body of Jesus. His story holds some kingdom keys for us today on how to prepare the crucified Body of Christ for the ultimate redemption of our Body.

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KEYS TO THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY – PART 1

If we take a close look at the account of Yeshua’s crucifixion in Mark 15, we see an honorable gentleman who was a member of the Sanhedrin (the supreme council or court in ancient Israel) – Joseph of Arimathaea. While Matt 27:57 tells us he was a rich man, John 19:38 reveals that he was a secret disciple of Jesus. Luke 23:50 also declares him to be a good and just man.

Significantly, we are told that Joseph of Arimathaea was a man who waited for the Kingdom of God and craved the body of Jesus (Mark 15:43).

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The word “waited” carries a whole lot more meaning than merely tarrying. We can interpret that Joseph of Arimathaea “waited for the Kingdom of God” several different ways: [1] He received to his own self the Kingdom of God. [2] He was admitted into the Kingdom of God. [3] He gave access to the Kingdom of God within Himself. [4] He was received into an intimate Kingdom of God relationship and companionship. [5] He was received as one coming from the Kingdom of God place. [6] He accepted the Kingdom of God. [7] He expected the fulfillment of the promises of the Kingdom of God.

The name “Joseph” means “let him add.” When we combine the meaning of Joseph’s name and the previous expansion of the concept of “waited for the Kingdom of God,” Isaiah 9:7 comes to mind, because God’s Kingdom and His government are synonymous: “Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

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This just man who waited for the Kingdom of God and craved the body of Jesus speaks to me of “we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY” (Rom 8:23 KJV). Recall that the Bible tells us that “we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Rom 12:5 NKJV).

So this good and just man who was the only one to have charge of the burial of the Body of Jesus holds some kingdom keys for us today on how to prepare the crucified Body of Christ for the ultimate redemption of our Body. “So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb” (Mark 15:46 NIV). Notice that the crucified Body of Christ was wrapped in fine linen, and placed in a tomb carved out of rock with a stone for its door.

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1. Fine Linen – Rev 19 speaks of two companies that are arrayed in fine linen: [1] The Bride of Christ, the wife of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-8; Rev 21:9, 2-3) and [2] The armies which were in heaven who follow One whose garment is dipped in blood and His name is called the Word of God (Rev 19:13-14). It’s important to note that Rev 19:8 points out that the clean and white fine linen that arrays the wife of the Lamb is the righteous acts of the saints.

2. Tomb hewn out of Rock – The Church (i.e. the called out “ekklessia” – the Legislative Assembly of the Lord) is built upon the rock (Matt 16:18), which is Christ (1 Cor 10:4). It’s noteworthy that Matt 7:24 equates a wise man who built his house on the rock to whoever hears His words and does them. Wise virgins should probably take note (Matt 25:1-13).

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3. Stone for the Tomb’s Door – The entrance to Yeshua’s tomb was blocked by a stone, which the angels rolled away for His Resurrected Body. Understand that the word for “stone” in Hebrew is a contraction of two words: 1) av = father, 2) ben = son. Therefore, a stone is a picture of the Father and Son being so integrated that you can’t seem to figure out where one begins and another ends. It’s their essence of ONENESS, as proclaimed in John 17:21. Therefore, as we dwell with Him, He twists and rolls us together into One – One Body (Eph 1:10; Eph 4:4). For more information on the “stone” kingdom concept, please see the http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries post on 07-19-13.

Posted 08-14-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries

All creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God

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Twelve years ago, my mentor declared this phrase from Romans 8:19, and my spirit sat up & took notice. She was a forerunner to forerunners in this regard, because this phrase (or a slight variation of it) seems to be on the lips of Kingdom-hearted people.

What’s a manifestation anyway? My Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary tells me that a manifestation is one of the forms in which an individual is manifested. Interestingly, it’s a public demonstration of power and purpose. When a person manifests, they externally display something so evident that little or no inference is required. Everyone (both in the church and the world) recognizes a genuine manifestation of God’s power and any heavenly position manifestly held here on earth. Therefore, one facet of Romans 8:19 communicates that when the “sons of God” manifest, all creation will clearly see them and understand who they are, because they will be obvious.

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The next question that needs to be answered is what are the “sons of God” manifesting that’s so evident to all of creation? My simple little mind went to investigating other occurrences of the phrase “sons of God” in the Bible. If we stick to the New Testament, there are five other mentions of the term “sons of God”:

[1] John 1:12 tells us that the Light (i.e. Yeshua, Jesus) gives power to become the “sons of God” to those who receive Him and believe on His name. John 20:31; 1 John 3;23; & 1 John 5:13  tells us that believing on the name of the Son of God results in our receiving eternal life and loving one another. Additionally, John 17:6  tells us that Yeshua manifested, or made the Father’s Name known to men, and they keep His Word.

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Please note that tapping into God’s power is not always automatic, else all creation would have stopped groaning by now. I’m talking about the rubber hitting the road here. When Jesus answered the Pharisees trick question about the Sadducees belief in no resurrection, He retorted: “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matt 22:29 NKJV).  Knowing the Scriptures and power of God are inextricably connected. Please remember if you are Is-real, then your knowing something means that you hear, understand, and do that something. Just like Yeshua the Son of God, the sons of God will make our Father’s Name known to men by resonating (or manifesting) at the same frequency as the Word of God.

[2] Romans 8:14 reveals that the “sons of God” are led by the Spirit or walk after the Spirit. To me, living & moving & having our being in the One called Faithful & True (Rev 19:11-13) requires walking in the same manner as Jesus did (1 John 2:2-6) in the fullness of the Spirit and Truth.

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[3] Phil 2:15-16 communicates that the “sons of God” are blameless and pure, and they shine as lights to the world, holding forth the word of life, so they can rejoice in the day of the Messiah (i.e Christ). The Greek further explains that being pure is being without mixture. Christians need to sit up and take notice, because the All-Consuming Fire is shaking and sifting through many of these mixed practices in the church today that we: “in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the traditions of men … Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:7-9 KJV). My suggestion is that the only thing you hold tightly to is God Himself, then let Him sift through everything else in your life by placing it on His altar. You and I will not display that we are “sons of God” until we have gotten rid of any man-made practices that He sees as mixture.

[4] 1 John 3:1 describes the Father’s beyond agape love being bestowed on the “sons of God.”

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[5] 1 John 3:2 reveals when the Father appears, the “sons of God” shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is and we will purify ourselves, even as He is pure. Can you say the reverential fear of God?

This gives us plenty to chew on and shoot for. May righteousness, holiness & truth guide you and me, as we strive to enter the rest, by becoming genu-wine manifestations of the sons of God.

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Posted 07-30-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries

~ Robin Main

Christ’s mature Head will connect to His mature Body

In this Kingdom Day, Christ’s mature Head will connect to His mature Body.

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“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ” (1 Cor 11:3 KJV).

“But speaking the truth in love, WE ARE TO GROW UP IN ALL ASPECTS INTO HIM WHO IS THE HEAD, EVEN CHRIST, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16 NASB emphasis mine).

Many years ago, I was taught by my mentor about the image we see in Scripture when Yeshua the Messiah returns: “And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. HIS HEAD AND HAIR WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL, AS WHITE AS SNOW, and His eyes like a flame of fire” (Revelation 1:13-14 NKJV emphasis mine).

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White hair on the Son of man’s Head speaks of Jesus Christ’s mature state when He comes again. Christ’s mature head will NOT be attaching to an immature or child-like body, so let’s all press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14): “Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” (Colossians 1:27b-28 NIV).

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the BODY OF CHRIST MAY BE BUILT UP UNTIL WE ALL REACH UNITY IN THE FAITH AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD AND BECOME MATURE, ATTAINING TO THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST.” (Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV emphasis mine).

 “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, for he is an infant. But SOLID FOOD IS FOR THE MATURE, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity…” (Heb 5:13-14; Heb 6:1a NASB emphasis mine).

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What does it take for the maturation of Christ’s Body which is also the “redemption of our body” (Rom 8:23) both corporately and individually? Basically, we all need to search out the concepts in the above Scriptures, and endeavor to walk in their reality: [1] Speaking the truth in love. [2] Reach unity in the knowledge of the Son of God. [3] Reach unity in the faith of the Son of God. [4] Leave elementary teaching about Christ where we simply have faith in Jesus to attain the higher calling of God of the whole measure of the fullness of Christ, which is walking in the mature state of having the faith of Jesus. [5] Be nourished by the solid food of “the word of righteousness.”

Posted 07-25-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries

If You’re the Same Essence of the Fire, You Won’t Get Burnt

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IF YOU’RE THE SAME ESSENCE OF THE FIRE, YOU WON’T GET BURNT:

Many years ago, I saw a vision of myself walking in the Land of Israel. All of a sudden, I was in the midst of a nuclear explosion. I could no longer see myself. All I saw was the plumb of a searing mushroom cloud. Then I saw myself walk out of the all-consuming fire without even a singe and I heard the LORD say: “If you’re the same essence of the fire, you won’t get burnt.” (Please refer to 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.)

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“Who can dwell with everlasting burning…” (Isa 33:14)

“Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire…” (Isa 54:16)

First and foremost, I want to point out that GOD’S COALS OF FIRE ARE HIS COALS OF LOVE: “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” (Song of Solomon 8:6 KJV)

Scripture teaches us that when the coals of fire goes forth from God and are scattered upon the earth, judgment is executed that we will know that I AM is the LORD. This makes sense because the pictograph for the Hebrew word “judge” literally means the door of life, which means judgment is a door of life:

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“O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, … in the midst of years in wrath remember mercy. And His brightness was as the light; He had horns coming out of His hand: and there was the hiding of His power. Before Him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at His feet. He stood, and measured the earth: He beheld and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: His ways are everlasting.” (Hab 3:2, 4-6 KJV)

“Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because HE was wroth. There went up a smoke out of His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under His feet. And HE rode upon a cherub and did fly: and HE was seen upon the wings of the wind.” (2 Sam 22:8-11 KJV)

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This is an awe-inspiring and humbling picture to be sure. Just count on the awesome loving character of our heavenly Father, when things heat up; because within the fires of judgment are the embers of restoration. Note: There were “fire of coals” both at Peter’s denial and at his restoration (John 18:17-18; John 21:9). And don’t shy away from one of the elements of the foundation/habitation of His throne – judgment (Psalm 89:14: 97:2). If you study the word “judgment” in the Bible, you will see that it is discipline for His heirs (sons) until the final judgment of destruction for those who will not align to His will, word & heart.

Posted on 07-21-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries

BECOMING A MATURE SON THROUGH THE BAPTISM OF FIRE

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Two chief characteristics of a son of God according to the Word of God is that they serve God with a whole heart (1 Chr 28:9) as well as keeping God’s commandments (Prov 7:1-2: 1 John 2:3-6; Rev 14:12). We are not talking about something yucky and legalistic, but a State of Being that resonates at the same frequency as the Word of God – Jesus. Please be encouraged, because this is a divine work of sanctification that’s done not by your might or your power, but by His Spirit (Zech 4:6). All that God requires from you and me is that we put our best foot forward in obeying His Word and surrendering to His Spirit. Thankfully, the Lord our God will give us all the grace that we need (2 Cor 9:8; Heb 4:16).

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NASB).

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Even though the son’s portion came in the Fullness of Time when Jesus came to earth and purchased it on the cross (Gal 4:4-6), we must experientially appropriate the redemptive gift of sonship the same way that it was acquired. Our journey of “moving unto perfection” is a crucifixion process (much more will be shared in another article). Dying daily is the only way we actually develop into mature, full-grown sons of God (Matt 10:37-39, 16:24; Mark 8:34, 10:21; Luke 9:23, 14:27). The wisdom of God insists upon our permission to crucify our sin nature, and He will only complete the work of co-crucifixion with Christ with our approval. Volunteering freely in the day of God’s power is a continual daily sanctioning of “not my will, but Yours be done” (Matt 6:10). Paul shows us the culmination of being an Adult Son is living a crucified life:

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20 NASB).

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When Jesus walked the earth, He was Jewish and His understanding of the Baptism of Fire, which He experienced at His crucifixion, came from the picture of Burnt Offering in the first five books of the Bible. It would behoove us Christians to start with the same foundation. They were the instructions of Moses on the priests, the altars, and the sacrificial system, which (by the way) is accurate according to the Messiah’s instructions:

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47 NASB)

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In fact, the only reason that we can have confidence that Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to pay the penalty for all sin (once and for all) relies on Moses’s instructions on the priests, the altars, and the sacrificial system. When Christians throw out these instructions and the first five books of the Bible in His eternal Word, we throw out the very basis that we can rely on Jesus’s shed blood on the cross washes away all of our sin.

For more information, please check out these articles: BECOMING A MATURE SON http://wp.me/p158HG-xC and COME UP HERE!http://wp.me/p158HG-x5.

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Posted on 08-10-13 on http://facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries