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Building Bridges between God and Man

Bonnie Morris

ARTICLE TWO

EXPERIENCING LOVE in the 3rd HEAVEN

( King and  Priest –  Son and Servant)

Author used the Amplified Bible.

If you have not read EXPERIENCING LOVE in the 3rd HEAVEN (#1), please do so before reading this article.  It can be found on dyordy.com. Thank you!

Words form pictures in our minds.  We have heard many messages concerning “The Manifestation of the sons of God”, and the words we have heard have painted a picture of what this manifestation might look like.  It is obvious that many, as well as myself, are searching to see this picture as clearly as we can.  My purpose in writing this article is not so we can see the message of the manifestations of the sons of God perfectly, because I am the first to say I don’t see it perfectly yet.  I do think however if we could form a picture by seeing the words son and servant correctly, it will help us see this vision a little more clearly.

There is an emphasis in the message concerning the manifestation of the sons of God that speaks of Ruling and Reigning with Christ.  I have heard it often and I have read much about it in the bible.  Many have a hard time seeing themselves as a ruler and reigning.  Why? Well, think about it.   Some of you will relate to this:  Many did not see or experience a pure or Godly leadership in the 2nd realm.  Those who didn’t were abused and discouraged to the point that the mere mention of ruling has left a bad taste in their mouth.  So in their hearts they say, “I don’t mind serving, but I never want to rule”.  This is not a good picture and it is because it was painted by flesh.

Then there are others who can’t wait for this manifestation because they are “more than ready” to Rule.  They have grasped at being equal with God and can’t wait for the reins to do their thing (not really God’s).  This too, is a bad picture and was painted by flesh.  Then, I’m sure there are those who already have a good balanced picture of ruling and reigning, but for those who don’t and for those of us who have struggled under abusive headship, I offer the following.....

I desire to bring some balance in what I believe has been an imbalance in the picture that has been painted concerning the sons of God.  I am black, but comely...Song of Solomon 1:5, so I am very aware of my weaknesses and offer this in a spirit of meekness.  Please be patient with me, I am still on “our” journey.   

To help create this balance, I would like you to engage in a simple exercise, perhaps for several days: When you read or speak of God, replace the word God with Love.  When you read or speak the words rule, lead or minister, replace them with the word serve.  You will be amazed how your vision of this message grows and more accurately describes the heart of our Father.  If it exposes some motives, you may even find yourself mad, but please quickly repent. If you receive nothing else from article 2, I hope you will join me in this exercise.

To prevent the pendulum from swinging too far and to maintain balance, let’s understand that there are times when we read and when we speak, that we do properly use the word God when we use it as a noun, as there are times when it fits only as a noun.  However, it would be safe to conclude that this is only needed occasionally.  Most often, using the verb form of God (Love), as discussed in Article 1, helps in painting an accurate, correct picture.

Let’s begin by saying the following words out loud - “The manifestation of the sons of Love”... Come on now, say it out loud.... thanks.... already, some have a new thought and a clearer picture. Of course we are writing to those who have entered the sheepfold through Jesus Christ, the Son of Love. 

IS IT FOR JESUS TO WASH OUR FEET?

The Son of Love demonstrated “RULING” when he washed Peter’s feet. 

John 13:3-9 "Jesus, knowing (fully aware) that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was (now) returning to God, got up from supper, took off His garments and taking a (servant’s) towel, He fastened it around His waist.  Jesus said to him, You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later on. 

Peter said to Him, You shall never wash my feet!  Jesus answered him, Unless I wash you, you have no part with (in) Me – no share in companionship with me. 

Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, (wash) not only my feet, but my hands and my head, too! Jesus said to him, Any one who is bathed needs not to wash except his feet, but is clean all over."

Questions:

Who was in charge of this supper?  Who was the ruler?  What was He doing? 

Answers:

Jesus was in charge.  Love was ruling!!!  Love was serving!!!

Question:

Who was Jesus serving?

Answer:

His Father and man!

Questions:

1. How could Jesus have known what His Father was doing? 

2. Jesus was a servant of God wasn’t He?   

3. Isn’t it true that Jesus said, “I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out)!?" (John 15: 14-15)

4. Isn’t it also true that an heir, as long as he is a child, is no different than a servant, though he be lord of all?

Let’s explore some answers to these questions...

Let’s see if we can harmonize the scriptures with the understanding that, today, we are known by God as sons and servants.

1. How could Jesus have known what His Father was doing? 

Jesus Christ knew what His Father was doing because he was His Son.  God said, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him”.

2. Jesus was a servant of God wasn’t He?  

Yes, Jesus Christ was also God’s servant!

Do not the scriptures say of our Lord, “Behold, My Servant Whom I have chosen,  My Beloved  in and with  Whom My soul is well pleased and has found its delight.” Remember,  in the Kingdom of Love,  those  who have been  faithful, hear the words:  “Well done,  you upright (honorable admirable) and faithful servant!

Do you think Jesus Christ heard those words when His master quickened him after he died?  I do!

        Say “KINGDOM OF LOVE... THE VISION COMES INTO SHARPER FOCUS

3. Isn’t it true that Jesus said, “I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out).?  While it is true that Jesus Christ said he would no longer call his disciples servants, let’s look at it in context.  

John 15:  Beginning with verse 14, the scriptures say: You are My friends,   if You keep on doing the things which I command you to do.  I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer; for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out).  But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.  You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, I have appointed you, I have planted you that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing; that your fruit may be lasting (that it may remain, abide); so that whatever you ask the Father in My name (as presenting all that I AM) He may give it to you.  This is what I command you, that you love one another.  IF the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own.  But because you are not of the world - are no longer one with it – but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.

Then, Jesus adds this: Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master – is not superior to him.   If they (those of the world) persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours. 

This last statement reminds them once again that he is their master but he wants to “call” them friend... and why:  Because he had given them everything his Father had revealed to him.  They had been told everything Jesus knew at this point.  It was something he had done and they had received it.  So, he chose to “call” them friend.  This is a name for his brethren in his relationship to them.  At this point they must have known what Jesus Christ was doing (working out) for scripture clearly says ... these are the ones he “calls” friends.  Isn’t this true in your own relationships?  Who do you call friend? I will suggest that it is those who know and believe the things you do.

We also know the scriptures clearly say that Jesus was a servant of God.  He knew what the Father was doing only as God was revealing it.  But, he did not know everything God knew.  I refer you to Christ’s statement in Matthew 24:36.

But, remember how quickly the disciples forgot... and truthfully, we know they had a lot more to learn after the crucifixion.  To receive all that is given as progressing ones, is to be the friend this scripture is referring to.  Though we are  servants, Jesus calls us friend.  

Let this same mind be in you.....

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.         

If we are not willing to be known as a servant, we will not be great!  (Will some now boast they are a servant?)... Well, this would indicate that he/she is truly NOT a servant! 

And last but not least, question  #4

Isn’t it also true that an heir, as long as he is a child, is no different than a servant, though he be lord of all?

Galatians 3:22- 4:7

"Now before the faith came we were perpetually guarded under the Law, kept in custody in preparation for the faith that was destined to be revealed (unveiled, disclosed). So that the Law served (to us Jews) as our trainer – our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us – until Christ (came), that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with god) by and through faith.

BUT NOW THAT THE FAITH HAS COME, we are no longer under a trainer – the guardian of our childhood. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. 

For as many (of you) as were baptized into Christ – into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah – have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.

There is (now no distinction), neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ (are in Him), who is Abraham’s Seed, then you are Abraham’s offspring and (spiritual) heirs according to promise.

Now what I mean is that as long as the inheritor (heir) is a child and under age, he does not differ from a slave, although he is the master of all the estate: But he is under guardians and administrators or trustees until the date fixed by his father.

So we (Jewish Christians) also, when we were minors were kept like slaves under (the rules of the Hebrew ritual and subject to) the elementary teachings of a system of external observations and regulations. But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to (the regulations of) the Law.  To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us – be recognized as (God’s) sons." And because you (really) are (His) sons, God has sent the (Holy) Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)

Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then (it follows that you are) ALREADY an heir by the aid of God, through Christ."

Simply stated this scripture is referring to coming out from the Law of bondage and into the age of Grace.

Saint Paul, after knowing the age of Law was over and knowing that he had entered into the new covenant, still referred to himself as a servant.  Romans 1:1 – Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ!  This position had nothing to do with being in bondage to the Law.  Neither did it have to do with his age or maturity, but it expressed the attitude of his heart.  While studying, we must always consider the word “servant” in context.  So many scriptures reveal Gods’ people are servants as well as sons. The Book of Revelation is addressed to servants. 

Let me end using a natural example.  I govern my house. (1st Tim: 5:14)  Every day I serve in this “ruling” position.  I create the atmosphere by leading in the domestic role of how my home is to be run.  For instance, when you live in my home, you leave a room the way you find it.  However, while everyone is living in this manner because of what I established, I am constantly serving those who visit or live here.  I cook their meals, wash their clothes, and everything else it takes to make their lives comfortable and happy.  I rule and serve every day in this role. 

In this same vein, I would ask the question... “Doesn’t Love serve you every day?  He is your healer, your provider, your very life! 

Some struggle to see their sonship.  Some don’t want to be known as a servant. Maybe we can begin to at least take a look at this balance.  I hope so!!! 

When we are fully persuaded that we are servants of Love as well as sons of Love and when we are fully persuaded that we are sons of Love as well as servants of Love, the scales will be balanced. 

What has been painted on the canvas of this article is a picture of a person who, in Love, Rules through the attitude and heart of a Servant!  It is the picture of a King and Priest.  It is a picture of the greatest POWER in heaven and earth.  When this manifests in the sons of Love, the world will know that God sent Jesus.

Can you clearly “see” the picture in this painting?

Can you “see” the manifestation of the sons of Love?