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Spirit of Kingship VII

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For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Sonship [Adoption]. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

The Spirit of Sonship (Adoption) is what we received from God through Jesus Christ, His Son. The Spirit of Kingship is what God receives from those who enthrone Him and His Son in their hearts with not only just the wish or the desire, but also with words and actions so that the three – the thought, the word and the action – are one and in agreement, all together seeking to enthrone Jesus.

Paul wrote: Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. If we groan inwardly for the adoption as sons, how much more then would you think God groans waiting for our enthronement of Him? Does it surprise you, elect, that God groans? Paul again wrote: We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. The Holy Spirit groans as He intercedes for us. God groans waiting for us to come to the place where we have truly listened to Jesus so that we do know what to pray for. To give God the Spirit of Kingship should not surprise anyone. Indeed, if we had listened to Jesus properly, not just with our ears but with our heart, soul and mind as well, we would have heard what God is really waiting for us to pray for. We do not know what we ought to pray for because we do not listen to the heart of God, much less the voice of God.

When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He said, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in Heaven…’ “ The first line tells us to pray for the Spirit of Adoption – the Spirit of Sonship – for it is with Him that we can say, “Abba, Father.” Without the Spirit of Sonship, these words – “Our Father in Heaven…” – are meaningless. Indeed, those whose traditions tell them to call their priests, “Father,” and recite this prayer repeatedly as their work of prayer and faith, an incantation as it were to ensure God’s blessing, repeated again and again as if the very repetition would force the power of God to move for them (witchcraft!), have reduced these words to just that – meaningless.

However, disciples who have learned to hold onto the teachings of Jesus can see the direct intimacy and access these few words give us in our relationship, not our religion, with God. We do know what we ought to pray for, but having received the Spirit of Sonship, what else did Jesus teach us to pray for? “…hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

We are to pray for the Kingship of God in Heaven and on Earth by bringing His kingdom to pass on Earth as it is in Heaven. That is what is foremost on the mind and heart of God for those disciples who have received the Spirit of Adoption as His sons. Sons are to pray for the advent of the Kingdom of God on Earth and therefore, right from the beginning of His teaching ministry to His disciples in Matthew 6.9, Jesus had already shown us what the will of God is, what the plan of God is and what the mind of God is for His disciples.

It has always been and will be adoption as sons for His disciples and from that adoption, for His sons to pray, to speak to Him, about bringing forth His kingdom on Earth. That is, sons and daughters who have the attitude, the spirit, the will, the desire and the foresight to turn the Family of God to be the Royal Family in Heaven and on Earth with their Father as King and whom He so appoints as His Heir and Successor as well.

Indeed, when you consider the rest of the prayer – “Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” – and look at it in the light of what Jesus taught in Matthew 6.33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” – then you will realise anyone who is seeking after His kingdom and righteousness, first as a son or daughter who wants to turn the Family into a Royal Family, need not pray about the things from Matthew 6.11 onwards.

You see, the Spirit of Kingship is not about receiving from God, but rather, it is all about giving God that which He is inwardly groaning for – His kingdom come and His Son enthroned on Earth as He is in Heaven in glory.

The Man of Truth who came working for the glory and honour of the One who sent Him spoke to His disciples again and again of the Kingdom of God, more than about the Kingdom of Heaven. For God’s kingdom is already established in Heaven and His will is already done in Heaven, but it is on Earth that it has yet to be established. So focussed was the Man of Truth about the Kingdom of God that Luke recorded for us: He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.

He did not speak of the church but about the Kingdom of God where God is King, for the church is only His body and Christ is the head. The church is merely the means by which He was going to use to bring about the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth for His Father. Sure, the church will be part of the Kingdom of God, as surely as Christ is part of the Kingdom of God, but it is not… I repeat, it is not the entirety of the Kingdom of God. The church itself is the means, not the ends, of the work of Christ. The end point, the objective of the work, is for the church to be the nursery, the environment, from which sons are raised… sons who mature to see and desire the hope of their Father to be done – His kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven.

This then is the final sin of the prostitute church, for not only does she not raise up children to be sons who know who their Father is and sells her blessings for money whilst offering transient pleasures that are a fantasy of reality, a delusion, like prostitutes do… but she takes the primary purpose of her existence to a place of fruitlessness.

In the same way as a male and female are meant to copulate to procreate a future generation of children, a prostitute takes that same sexual act for meaningless pleasure whilst avoiding the procreation. So the prostitute church raises up congregations to perform the religion without fulfilling the purpose – the bringing forth of the Kingdom of God on Earth. Men and women who are willingly or unwillingly deceived by the prostitute are like workers who dress for work and go to work, but spend the day not performing the work, waiting to go home. Not many will find their Master well pleased at all.

See the King’s words, elect: “…he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth…” The prostitute church gives the semblance of the work being done, but in truth, no work has been done. For the Kingdom of God is not dependant on careful observation or on someone’s saying so that it is here or there as Jesus our King has said, but it is within us and amongst us and the proof of the presence of the Kingdom of God, as Paul has told us, is when it is a kingdom of power and not of talk. What type of power? The type of power the One who first spoke of it demonstrated – miraculous power, not financial power, military power, intellectual power or political power. Those churches that are putting their people to the work that is supposed to be done are not renowned for their financial, military, intellectual or political powers, nor for their lack of power, but are recognised first for their miraculous power.

When the early church seemed to be still capable of bringing forth the Kingdom of God, there was power in their midst as Luke testified for us in the book of Acts. However, after Acts 15 when the church listened to James and began to think that part of their work was the restoration of the kingdom of Israel, you will see for yourself, elect, that only Paul is mentioned to have continued in the way of miracles, signs and wonders.

Indeed, by Acts 21 the church was large and had numerous people because of its zealousness for the Law of Moses, not for its continuing signs, wonders and miracles. So when a simple laying on of hands would heal the sick, James the Younger told the Jews, Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord. When the power to heal was absent, James substituted it with oil until the prostitution got so bad that I have heard the elders were arguing over the holiness of the ointment because a fly had fallen in it even as the church at Constantinople was being sacked by the Turks. Hence the modern day saying, ‘the fly in the ointment.’ Yet, our King Jesus said, “…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Indeed, the absence of power from the hands of those who anoint the sick with ‘holy’ oil is more akin to Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus with nard to prepare Him for His burial than for the recovery of the sick. Sadly, you will find that those who are buried after an anointing in oil are so great that this would be a laughable joke if it was not such a terrible tragedy, affront and travesty to our King and His Name.

Since it has always been the will of Jesus, the Man of Truth, to honour and glorify the One who sent Him by His work through the church, then this Spirit of Kingship is a prime requisite if we, the church, are to do that which Jesus raised us up for and told us to pray for – “This, then, is how you should pray:  ‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.’ “

Our King never asked us to pray for the sick, but to lay our hands on them and heal them. Neither did He command us to pray for the lost, but to preach the Gospel and to make disciples of all nations. Indeed, we are not ever commanded to pray for any other nation or kingdom except for the kingdom of our Father.

You see, elect, the Spirit of Kingship causes us to cry out, “Abba, Father… our King,” and inspires us to pray for His kingdom to come and to work for His kingdom to come, first in us, then amongst us and then in the world. And everything else – what the pagans run after – are tools for us to accomplish that which we are praying for, what we believe for and are sure of though we do not see it yet… what we hope for with the surety and certainty that it will come, for there is nothing false about the Man of Truth who first told us God has a kingdom and He wants it to come on Earth.

So then, if you claim to be sons of God, then prove yourselves worthy of your Father and rouse yourselves to raise up His kingdom in you, amongst you and through you so the church age can end and the kingdom age can begin on Earth.

As the angel said to John, “Let him who is unjust, unrighteous, wicked and does wrong continue to be unjust, unrighteous, wicked and do wrong; let him who is vile, filthy and impure continue to be vile, filthy and impure; let him who is righteous, just, upright, in right standing with God and does right continue to be righteous, just, upright, in right standing with God and do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.” To put this advice of the angel to practice on a daily basis, then, elect, simply let those who listen to Jesus continue to do so; let those who love to listen to James, Nicolas and other men continue to do so; let those who practise the words of Jesus continue to do so; let those who prefer to practise the words of men continue to do so; let those who hold onto the teachings of Jesus continue to do so; let those who hold onto the traditions of men continue to do so; let those who run after what pagans run after continue to do so; and let those who seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness continue to do so.

For like Ezekiel, we are not being sent to a people of obscure speech or different language, but to the church as he was sent to Israel. “And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that (the Spirit of Prophecy) has been among them.” For the Spirit of Kingship is the fulfilment of the Spirit of Prophecy; it is that which God will be and it is the testimony of Jesus Christ – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in Heavenly glory.”

The Spirit of Kingship that God should receive from us must cause Him to cry, “Son, You will be King!” as surely as the Spirit of Sonship we have received from Him causes us to cry not just, “Abba, Father,” like a child, but like a brother, “Abba, Father… make Him my King.” Then like Him, one day, church, we too can say with a loud and triumphant shout as we watch His coronation, “It is finished!”

Now let us begin our work as surely as He has finished His.

“Peace and grace to all who believe, mercy to all who repent, but power to all who will give themselves no rest till they make Jesus the King of all the Earth.”

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