As we continue to consider the revelation of Jesus Christ, I trust that your divine and ultimate purpose in Him is becoming clearer. I know full well that many refuse to accept the truths expressed here since it deviates from traditional Christian teachings on the coming of the Lord. And although some may altogether refuse to receive anything as truth except it comes from their pulpit, conflating popularity with truth, it’s my prayer that you would look to the Spirit of God to search out this matter.
God is now raising a people whose ears have been opened to hear the message of the full gospel of the kingdom, of the reconciliation of all things and of the fullness of sonship to God. There is an ever increasing spiritual journey by which God is causing our growth and development in the kingdom. But, to what end? To the end that Christ would be manifested in flesh in you and me. The hour of the great unveiling is drawing near when Christ shall find a corporate expression in His body.
“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the REVEALING (apokalupsis: unveiling) of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19).
The manifestation of the sons of God refers of a first fruit harvest of those possessing the image of Christ. This manifestation speaks specifically of sons and not children. The Greek word used for son is ‘uihos’ meaning ‘mature sons’. Conversely, the word used for children is the Greek ‘teknon’ meaning ‘offspring’ or simply ‘child’. Every son is once a child but not every child is a son, just as every tree is once a seed but not every seed is a tree. God has many children in whom God’s Seed is in various stages of germination. And although every seed has the potential to be a tree, there is a qualification and a progressive development for the seed to becoming a fully grown tree.
I will draw on the analogy of the seed with hopes that it will help us lay hold of the truth about the manifestation or unveiling of Christ in sons. On a number of instances, Jesus likens the kingdom of God to a seed which a farmer sowed. He taught that “the kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof” (Mat. 13:31-32).
One need not be a farmer to know that a harvest cannot be reaped where no seed is sown. And no farmer labors to sow seed in his own field and abandons it expecting to reap a harvest in another field. Yet, this is exactly what the church system teaches when it comes to the coming of the Lord. Those who teach a “second coming” make God out to be like a farmer who has forsaken the seed which he has sown. They insist on looking to the skies hoping for the Lord to come riding on horse so that they can be raptured away to a blissful heaven somewhere. Anyone who espouses such doctrines not only neglects the Seed but also undermines the field in which God has sown.
Dear saint, “you are God’s field” (1 Cor. 3:9) and the Seed sown in your field is Christ (Gal. 3:16). God is committed to bringing forth the full harvest of this Seed in you. As a wise farmer, He has planted the Seed in your earth, and He is now cultivating, watering, and nurturing it so that it may grow, increase, bear fruit and become a supply and a shelter unto creation.
What joy it must be for the farmer to see the seed he has sown break through the earth and the fruit of his labor in full display for all to witness. It is Father’s good pleasure to see His sons begin to express and manifest His nature. Dear saint, there is no loftier a purpose for your life than to bring forth Christ. This manifestation of Christ in man is the chief program of God. Ask yourself, why would God have the Spirit of Christ come to dwell in you, if not to bring this plan to culmination, if not to move and live and have His being in you? And if you believe this, why do you contradict this plan by imagining a Christ apart from you who has beard and rob seated on a literal throne at the right hand of God who will come one day?
May this truth be established in your heart; Christ’s identity is not apart from His body. God manifesting Himself in a corporate man is the very purpose for which Jesus Christ died and the central premise of the gospel message. Hence, Jesus taught us to pray: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Mat. 6:10). The kingdom coming on earth is Christ coming in man. If you are God’s field, you are God’s earth and the prophecy is sure that “all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Num. 14:21).
Christ in you, who is your hope of glory, is also the ONLY hope for the redemption of the world. All the potential of God who has the power to transform the world reside in the indwelling Christ. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him” (Col. 2:9). However, the magnitude of this life which lies contained in Seed form in the deep recesses of your spirit needs to be unveiled. Only in Christ’s manifestation in His sons can His power be fully exercised to liberate creation for “the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption” (Rom. 8:21).
The great unveiling of sons is the precursor for the reaping of a coming great harvest of the creation. The first fruit is not the only harvest nor is it the full harvest. The first fruit harvest is a confirmation for the coming of a full harvest. For when the rest of the harvest is ready, the farmer puts in the sickle and His sons will join in His labor. It is for the ingathering of this FULL harvest into God’s fold that creation waits in eager expectation for the manifestation of the first fruit company of sons.
This great harvest is relayed by John the revelator who heard the cry of an angel with a loud voice saying: “thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he who that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped” (Rev. 14:15-16). Send thy sickle and reap is the divine shout. Earlier John had seen: “one like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle” (Rev. 14:14). The sickle is the instrument and the means used for reaping the harvest. It is in the hands of the Lord who exerts the power and controls the sickle. The sickle is a symbol which signifies the co-laborers, the messengers, the manifested sons of God sent forth to reap the harvest on the earth. Our Lord Jesus confirms: “the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Mat. 9:37-38).
There is coming a great unveiling on the earth that will usher in a vast harvest. This harvest will not be the result of conferences, crusades, evangelical meetings, missions or missionaries. These have for centuries failed to liberate creation from the bondage of its corruption. An in-part ministry cannot bring the full ingathering. It’s not more televangelists, more programs, more revivals, or more church plantings that creation groans for in eager expectation. As useful as these have been in ushering His saints into the in-part realm of Pentecost and into an in-part maturity, God is now orchestrating the next phase of His divine plan. An elect company of sons are being prepared who will come forth in the image of God to change the course of history. All of creation in harmony longs for this manifestation of the sons of God. Praise God!
Dear saint, it’s my prayer that this truth would resonate in your spirit and that you would heed the call to be a partaker in this divine agenda.