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“Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves Me.”[1]

When you read this and the true purpose of Jesus Christ escapes your understanding, then you would think that Jesus came to raise up servants for God. Indeed, if you read the Gospels you would easily think that, for the Lord spoke of servants many times, often in His parables, and, of course, the promised reward when He would say to those who served Him well: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”[2]

However, the primary purpose that God gave disciples to Jesus Christ was so that He might make known the Father to them. If God wanted Jesus to raise up servants for Him, then Jesus would not need to reveal the Father, merely the Master. As God said, A son honours his father, and a servant his master. If I am a Father, where is the honour due Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due Me?”[3] Then the Spirit would not be known as the Spirit of Sonship, but rather, the Spirit of Servanthood. Obedience to the commands of God is important, but it is time for you to show your maturity and realise Jesus Christ obeyed the Father as the Son who became the Servant, and not the Servant who became a Son.

Although God said, “Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen One in whom I delight,”[4] when He was speaking to Isaiah and Israel of what was to come, Jesus was and is and will always be His Son who serves Him. And the source or rather the promise of God’s compassion to those who fear Him comes this way, as He said, “I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.”[5] The Lord did not say, “I will spare them as a master spares a servant who serves him.”

Indeed, when it came to servants, Jesus showed us this attitude:“Suppose one of you had a servant ploughing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”[6] There was no sparing of those servants of the extra duty, for indeed, they were expected to go the extra mile.As a servant, you are often forced and duty bound to do what you are told, but Jesus said, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”[7]

So, the sons of God that creation is waiting for[8] are not servants who become sons, but are sons who, like Jesus, become servants. For concerning Himself, He said, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many,”[9] and, When He had finished washing their feet… He asked them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” [John 13.12-15]  It is clear that He is the Son who became a Servant of His Father, and as the Servant of His Father, He served not only the Father, but the servants of His Father as well. For He said, “I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” [John 13.16]

As long as you hold onto the mentality of being a servant who one day might earn his sonship from the Master, you will never be able to do anything greater than the Master. For the servant who becomes a son remains a servant, no matter the title. However, the son who becomes a servant remains a son forever, no matter what the duties are. So then, titles and duties do not determine sonship and servanthood, as much as the knowledge of who your Father is. The son who sees his Father as a Master is a servant, but the servant who sees his Master as a Father is a son. Jesus never saw God as His Master, but always as His Father.Even in the Garden of Gethsemane when He submitted His will over, saying, “Yet not My will be done, but Yours be done,” He was addressing Him, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me…”[10] So that, even as He laid down His will as a Servant, He always saw the One He served as His Father, not His Master.

The purpose of the revelation of the Father through Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Sonship, then is clear:

1.It is not just to save the world.It is that, and more.

2.It is not just to raise up a people of faith and believers to praise and worship Him and badger Him all day long with requests (for that matter);

3.It is not just to raise up disciples,

4.Who can be good and faithful servants.

5.It is not even to raise up friends for Jesus from among the servants,

6.It is not to raise up sons from the servants;

7.It is to raise up servants from the sons.

That is the fullness of the stature of Christ Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God who came as a Servant of His Father, and who so loved the Father that He did everything the Father commanded Him. He Himself had this to say:“But the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.”[11]

However, if God had only One Son, who so loved Him that He would serve Him totally, then you might say that He is a Good Father, but He might not be a Perfect Father. After all, He only has One Son, and therefore He is not tempted by favouritism as other fathers are tempted. A Perfect Father would be able to love all His sons and daughters so perfectly that all of them, not just one or two, all of them, would love Him equally, and all of them would do exactly what the Father commanded as well, each to His own task. You see, Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”[12]

A Good God who is a Good Creator, Master and Lord God Almighty, is kind and compassionate to His servants and rewards them, as they serve Him, well above what He pays them. And He may even treat His servants as He does His Son, but He will never have more sons who will serve Him as a servant, only servants who serve Him like a son.

So, how then can God receive more sons who serve Him as Jesus does when Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God? He does so, and can do so, because to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.[13] It is when those who do believe in His Name take up the right to be children of God, and having taken up that right – that is the right to be an heir and to be looked after in the household – they then seek to grow up knowing and understanding their Father to the point that Jesus does, then from these children He receives sons who are like Jesus.

As it is in the natural, many have children who grow up, yet grow up not knowing their father, so in the Kingdom, many are those who are children and claim their place of sonship, yet are ignorant about the Father. This ignorance stems from their refusal to listen to the First Born who foreknew the Father before them, and if they had listened to Jesus, they then did not take it upon themselves to sit and listen, to search out and to get to know for themselves, their Father.

It is from those who take up their right as children of God, who listen to Jesus the First Born of all that He knows of the Father, and then go on to know the Father for themselves so that they too have their own personal testimony of the Father they know – as Jesus has His own testimony of the Father He knows – that God then has received more sons. That is why Jesus said, “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about My Father. In that day you will ask in My Name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”[14]

When you and I can see that Jesus has told us plainly about the Father, that is the day you will ask in His Name, and “In that day, you will no longer ask Me anything.I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.”[15] And if you have the desire to know the Father, not just to be blessed or rewarded by God the Master or looked after by your Father like any child, then you will know to ask this of the Father: “Father, show me what You have not shown Jesus about Yourself.” Jesus knows all there is to know about the Father, so there is nothing that the Father can show you there. However, the Father may not have shown Jesus everything that He wants done, and indeed, there are things that are not right and fitting for Jesus to do, especially things that are to bless Jesus and glorify Him. That is when God the Father will show you the things to do that He has not shown Jesus, and amongst those things are the greater things, for Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me, will do what I have been doing.He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”[16]

So then, the greater things are tied in with the revelation of the Father and a servant will never be greater than his Master. Therefore, no servant who becomes a son will do the greater things, for it takes a son who becomes a servant to do the greater things.

And as you approach the Father so that He can show you more of Himself, would He then not show you what it is to be the Perfect Father? So then, man, did God make you in His Image to be a servant or did He make you in His Image that you may come to know Him and be all of Him as His Image? Do you then know, man, what it is to be the Perfect Father?

He who has ears to hear, let them hear what the Spirit of Sonship is saying to man. Amen

[1] John 12:26

[2] Matthew 25:21

[3] Malachi 1:6

[4] Isaiah 42:1

[5] Malachi 3:17

[6] Luke 17:7-10

[7] Matthew 5:41

[8] Romans 8:19

[9] Matthew 20:28

[10] Luke 22:42

[11] John 14:31

[12] Matthew 5:48

[13] John 1:12-13

[14] John 16:21-28

[15] John 16:23

[16] John 14:12


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