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Coming into the fullness
The intent of the Father is to put Himself on display in creation through His sons. Each human being has been predestined to sonship. We come to this position in Christ, who reconciles us to the Father and brings us into our inheritance. Each individual son of God must pursue maturity in Christ, but the fullness of God will be revealed in the corporate son coming into maturity.
The fullness of God is all of Himself that He ever intends to be revealed in the earth. This can only happen through His church, the body of Christ, the corporate son of God in the earth. The fullness will never be observed in one individual, but only in a body that is one. The measure of oneness in the Spirit that is manifest, will be the measure to which His glory will be seen on the earth.
Our oneness with the Father, in the Son, by the Spirit and our oneness with the body is a package deal. We can never fully know God as isolated individuals and God will never fully reveal Himself except through the corporate body. We must continue to be equipped until we all reach oneness 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.
Fullness of God
As we become mature sons of God, we are also maturing as the corporate son of God on the earth. The purpose of God in creating the heavens and the earth was to give an expression of the invisible God through His son in the earth.
Each individual member of the Body of Christ has the mind of Christ and receives instruction from the Head. Each part displays the Father in unique ways, but the fullness is seen in the many being one body. There is a grace that we receive from heaven to become this visible manifestation of our Father.
This is what the earth is meant to receive, and groans in eager expectation to see revealed through the body of Christ.
Sam’s interest in the things of God began in his childhood, and has shaped his destiny throughout his life. He has come to understand that the basis upon which the relationship between God and man has been established, is that of a father and his son. He is an internationally known writer and speaker whose messages have been presented on radio and television. He holds a doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Our relationship with Sam is significant since he is the spiritual father of our senior pastor, Peter Snyman. Sam has been our guest speaker since our first Expression conference in 2015. It has been the highlight of our year to have him back every year.
One Holy Nation - Kings & priests
Imagine being born into royalty. Consider the grooming and preparation if you were going to become the king one day. A day would not go by without you being reminded of such an incredible privilege and responsibility.
Jesus Christ has reconciled us back to our Father and our identity as the sons of God by purchasing (redeeming) us by His blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And has made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10)
This is a season of preparation. We are being groomed to step into our destiny. We are being educated in the protocols of the Kingdom. We are coming into the maturity needed to rule.
For His kingdom to come there needs to be a location by which it comes. We, the corporate body of Christ on the earth, are to be that location. Kings must be in place for the Kingdom to come. To this end God is positioning, preparing and maturing us.
One Holy Nation
God promised to have for Himself a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Ex. 19:6). Natural Israel never became a holy nation. History recounts the cycles of sin as Israel turned away from God time and again. God sent prophets to call them to repentance, but Israel never responded. We now understand that natural Israel was just a shadow and type that would illustrate how God builds a nation. Ultimately, the holy nation is the family of God on the Earth, His corporate son whose identity, authority and destiny is found in Christ.
A nation is built with fathers who raise sons to be fathers. The family culture is passed down from father to son. Our family culture originated from our heavenly Father and is brought from heaven into Earth by His Son. Jesus left the glory He had that made Him equal with God and came to Earth, taking up the glory of a son. He then left that glory here on earth for us as the corporate son to radiate the Father’s glory when He returned to the glory He had with God (John 17:5,22). We are the son that brings the culture of heaven into the Earth.
We have received all we need to be a holy nation. Now we need to reproduce, raising up spiritual sons until we all come into the fullness of the stature of Christ as the corporate son. One holy nation.
The Blessed Life
It's more blessed to give than to receive. Have we considered why this is true?
Real blessing lies in becoming more like our Father. We don't become more like Him in our receiving - that's just the benefit of being a son, but in giving we become more like Him.
The life we live on earth is a celebration of being sons of God. It's the purpose for which we were created and it's from this identity that we are fully supplied. That is the reason we can confidently bring our tithes and offerings; as we know that we can trust our Father to supply all our needs. We don't depend on our own ability to save up and provide for ourselves.
True blessing, however, is in the nature and character of our Father being formed in us. The more we become like Him, the more accurately we can represent Him and rule on the earth. This is God's purpose for us.
• Eugene Strite
It’s incredible to think that God created the heavens and the earth specifically to accommodate the purpose of making Himself known through an heir. He displays the full extent of His love by choosing an inferior, undeserving creature to be the object of His love. He then purposes to redeem humanity and place this vulnerable being into Christ and transform this lower nature that we are born with, into a being that reflects His divine nature. This is the high call to which He has called us.
We are called out of this world, it’s thinking, it’s systems and it’s deceptive entrapments - to be perfected in Christ. We are called into Christ. We are His body. We are the standard of Heaven on Earth. We are the corporate son. The heir. The radiance of our Father’s glory.
To this end we discipline our flesh and we subdue the soul’s desire to live independent from God. We submit ourselves to other mature spiritual fathers, who watch over our souls and live by example - pointing us to our heavenly Father. We choose to live by the Spirit and allow Him to transform us into His likeness.
We are the Ekklesia!
Out of this world
If indeed we are fully in Christ, we are totally separated from that which we were in before. There is a doing away with the old life as much as there is a living of the new life. The two cannot co-exist. Light has no fellowship with darkness.
The called out ones are coming into our inheritance. We are learning to live by the Spirit and not be enticed by the enemy through soulish desires. There are mindsets we have adopted from the systems of this world, that we will have to come out of.
“If we are going to be more than just hearers of the Word, we are going to have to present ourselves to the Lord and allow Him to transform us into that Word. There’s a work the Lord desires to do in our souls through the process of transformation.” - Sam Soleyn
God is calling us out of darkness, out of slavery mindsets and an orphan mentality. God is calling us out of our dependence on the things of this world as our source. If we desire to come into the promise, we must come out - completely.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.” - Ephesians 1:18
We know that God is intentional. He is at work to produce in us, His corporate Son in the earth, that which He has purposed in Himself to do. He made full provision for His purpose in us to be accomplished before He created heaven and earth to accommodate that purpose. He sealed this promise with a covenant He made with Himself.
He predestined us to be adopted as His sons, and now that we are positioned in the earth, He is calling us to that purpose.
Let us lay aside all that distracts us and press toward that high calling.