The Covenant of Sonship
Sons of Promise
With every kiaros season of God the Father ,Christ’s fivefold ministers are given the full picture of what is deficient in the Body in that season and this deficiency is then downloaded into the saints through preaching and teaching and prophetic declarations so that, that area of the Body may be more fully formed into a more mature Christ, until the lack is rectified. This will go on until we “all come to the unity of the faith”. Over and above the elementary doctrines as stated in Hebrews 6 and the Gospel of the Kingdom, comes an important subject that is now being emphasized and almost strategically being brought to the forefront of God agenda, this is the message of fathers & sons.
One of the truths of the Kingdom is the promise of Sonship, which is the eternal inheritance of the Saints. With every new generation comes the rebuilding of previous doctrines because the new vessels have been designed to handle this new information, so what we have is built line upon line, precept upon precept. The message of Sonship has grown over the years and it is reaching a level of maturation, some of the holes are being closed so to speak. Bill Britton was one of the pioneers in this field of study and Sam Soleyn, Kelly Varner, Mark Hanby has further developed this subject. Sam Soleyn has introduced me to the fourth level of maturation of sons which is the “Pater stage “. I only knew of the Nepios Stage, the Teknon or Teleios stage, the Huios stage. The Pater stage is the Father stage and the final stage, where the (huios) mature son fully represents the Father in character and nature or image and likeness. At this stage the Son only does what he sees the Father doing and only says what he hears the Father saying, he has no personal agenda or ministry, he has been stripped of everything that is self and lives to please the Father by becoming like the Father, so that He and the Father are one, see John 16 & 17. For more on the subject see Sam’s website, follow the link www.soleyn.com.
Understanding the Covenants :
The prerequisites to understanding sonship is that you must understand how the Covenants work. Firstly, there must be two contracting parties, party one promises to party two and party two promises back to party one. There is a third party, who is the beneficiary of this covenant. This man is Abraham, the beneficiary can only become the beneficiary when one of the parties dies. Hence Rev13:8 …the Lamb that was slain before the foundations of the earth. A Priesthood must administrate that covenant. Who was the priesthood on the earth? It was the Melchisedek Priesthood, He was the High Priest of the Eternal Covenant. However, Christ is the Great High Priest after the Order of Melchisedek,
Romans 8:14-17 – “For those who are led by the spirit these are the Sons of God, for you did not receive a spirit that make you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship by him we cry “Abba Father”. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in the sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
There was an eternal purpose in the mind of God to have heirs before he created man. The Spirit of God fulfils that eternal purpose when we are born again. (Romans 8:1,2). In order to fully comprehend the magnitude of this we need to understand what happened in,( Exodus 19). God is attaching the promise of sonship to race, fathered by one man Abraham. We are also are aware of how God begins to define the nature of sonship through the Old Testament Priest Melchizedek, these 2 are bound together. One speaks of the status as sons and one speaks of the character of sons. Abraham becomes the fleshly lineage of sonship through the promise of God. Abraham speaks of status, Melchizedek represents character. (read Genesis 26:4). Is the Covenant God makes with Isaac, an extension of same Eternal Covenant to Abraham, of course. Abraham’s descendants are the Jews who happened to be in bondage in Egypt for 400 years .(read Exodus 19:3-6) – Is the Eternal Covenant that He wanted to extend to the Israel the same as the one he gave to Abraham & Isaac? No. What is the Eternal Covenant of Sonship?
Heb 6:13-20, For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”And so, even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Gal 3: 15, Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
God swears to God that God will have sons. Whoever becomes a son has an unshakable Word of God, heaven and earth will pass away but my Word will not pass away. Up until Moses the Covenant that prevailed was that of Sonship. So if the Eternal Covenant is one of sonship then what was the Covenant made with Moses. It is the Covenant of Law unto Moses, it produced slaves, not Sons of God. Abraham’s descendants in the flesh are the Jews and they are in Egypt for a period of 400 years, they are being brought out of slavery.
Exodus 19: 5-6, Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”
Is this what they ended up with, under the Law? Did they become a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation? What happened? This is where we will pick up the rabbit trail in our next edition of the newsletter.
I submit to you that God was not just creating man, he was creating Spirit sons, see Luke 4, the genealogy of Jesus Christ, “ ...and Adam was the son of God”.
Sons of Promise - Part 2
We pick up from where we left off in answering the following questions on the backdrop of the text in Exodus 19: 5-6, Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”
Is this what they ended up with, under the Law? Did they become a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation? What happened? Obviously not. They are being brought out of Egypt and God brings them to Mt. Sinai and here is where we meet up with them: Exodus, the 19th chapter. In Exodus 19, God brings Moses up to the mountain and God says this to Moses: verse 3, “Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, ‘This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.’” (Inserted – Exodus 19:3-6)
But before we get into that, look at this again. God says, “If you obey me fully and keep my covenant…” What covenant? This is Exodus 19. The covenant that is recorded—the Old Testament—is Exodus 20. But God says, “If you will keep my covenant.” What covenant? Someone may say, “Well, wait… forbear. God is speaking in anticipation of a covenant He is about to create. He knows that and whether they know it or not, God is about to create a covenant so He is saying to them, ‘If you will keep the covenant I am about to create.’” Nonsense… that’s not true, and it’s not true for two reasons. The first is: the covenant that they are promised is not the covenant of Moses, specifically because God promised them this: “If you will obey me fully and keep my covenant, of all the nations you will be my treasured possession, though the whole earth is mine, you will be for me” (this is the covenant God offered them) “You will be to me a kingdom of priests” (that’s a royal priesthood) “and a holy nation.”
Now that’s the new covenant, that’s the covenant that we have in the New Testament. You could hear Peter saying, “For you are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.” (Inserted – actual verse—“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – I Peter 2:9) That’s not the covenant that they end up with. How do you know that? Well because 1) there is only one tribe of twelve that is comprised of priests—that’s the tribe of Levi. God’s says, “You will be a kingdom of priests…” That the whole lot of them would be first a kingdom, then they would be priests—all of them. Were they not already a kingdom? No, they were not a kingdom; they were slaves. They were the descendants of Abraham, recently set free from Egyptian slavery. They were standing there at Mt. Sinai, newly escaped from slavery.
So the first observation relative to the point that the promised covenant here was not what they ended up with was the fact that they were all supposed to be priests. The second thing is that they were supposed to be “a holy nation.” And nothing like that ended up being the case. Hear the words of the Lord to the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah, chapter 1. God says, “Hear O heavens! Listen, O earth! For I have raised up a people and they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his owner and the donkey knows his master’s crib but my people do not consider. Ah, sinful nation,”—that’s quite different from a holy nation—“Sinful nation, and a people laden with iniquity.” (Inserted – actual verse—“Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: ‘I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.’ Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.” – Isaiah 1:2-4)
And he says, “There is no soundness in them from the tops of their heads to the souls of their feet, only wounds and welts and running sores, because I have beaten them in correction and I have beaten them consistently and I’ve beaten them recently so that the wounds have not been healed.” (Inserted – actual verse—“Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness—only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.” – Isaiah 1:5,6) My point is that Israel was not then, and is not now, a holy nation.
The question is: how long did this curse remain? Well we know that in Jesus’ day, that curse was still in operation because in Matthew, the 13th chapter, Jesus rehearses—as the explanation for the fact that He spoke to the multitudes in parables, when He spoke to His disciples plainly—He said that the reason is that this people, “ ‘Though seeing, they do not see; hearing, they do not hear. Neither do they understand.’” (Inserted – actual verse—“This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.’” – Matthew 13:13,14)
The curse continued up through and including the time of Jesus—that curse by which they are said not to be a holy nation but instead a sinful nation and a people laden with iniquity—that curse continues to this day and it will continue until the time of Jacob’s trouble when the Jews repent of turning away from God ever so long ago. (Inserted – Jeremiah 30) Then God will redeem the nation to himself. So the point is: they were not a royal priesthood; they were not a holy nation. But the second aspect to this is that there was an existing covenant, including that covenant being served by priests. Look at verse 22, of the same Exodus 19, “ ‘Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.’” And then verse 24, “The Lord replied, ‘Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.’”
So God says, “If you will keep my covenant,”—which is an existing covenant, and complete with priests—what covenant then was in existence and why were there priests? We’ll come to that in just a moment. According to Moses in the book of Deuteronomy, the 5th chapter, we know what happened between the invitation that God issued to the Jews to come up, and the Law. (Inserted – actual verse—“When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leading men of your tribes and your elders came to me. And you said, ‘The Lord our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer. For what mortal man has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.’” – Deuteronomy 5: 23-27)
God intended to bring them up into His presence because it is the presence of the Lord that changes men into sons of God. In the book of II Corinthians, the 3rd chapter, we are told that the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, though glorious as it was, was a fading glory to be surpassed by the ministration of righteousness. Then, analogizing to the ministration of condemnation, to the Ten Commandments and the Law, God says again, through the Apostle Paul, “The ministration of righteousness supercedes that, in glory.” (Inserted – actual verse—“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! – II Corinthians 3:7-9) I’ll come to that in a moment.
The intention of God was to bring them up into his presence because where the presence of the Lord is, there is liberty and we, who with unveiled faces, behold the Lord’s glory, are transformed from glory to glory. (Inserted – actual verse—“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – II Corinthians 3:16-18) Now the point is that God wanted them—after initially barring how far they could come—God wanted, then, to sequentially (in sequence) to come down upon the mountain and then gradually bring them up into his presence. It would have been in his presence that they would have been transformed from slavery into sonship.
Moses tells us what happens in Deuteronomy, chapter 5. Since it was the presence of God that would have changed their status and made them into sons, it is important that you see what happened and why they ended up with the Law. Deuteronomy 5 says, “Moses summoned all Israel and said: Hear, O Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. It was not with our fathers that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.)” (Inserted – Deuteronomy 5:1-5a)
They ended up not being vested in the original offer that God gave to them because as a condition that would cause that offer to vest, and for them to become the sons of God, they would have to go up into the presence of God—a fact that Moses said that they did not do—because it is the presence of God that would have transformed them into this level of glory. Their failure to go into the presence of God is what, in fact, resulted in them being given something other than the original gift. They were then not given the covenant of sonship; they were given a covenant of Law. Now, here is what the Law did. When they turned away from God, God had already sworn on oath to himself that He would make Abraham’s seed the beneficiaries, initially, of this covenant—the covenant of sonship. They rejected that offer and so God continued to look for a people who would receive this offer.
Was there a generation that actually realised the original Covenant of Sonship?
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