Joshua | Sept.2014
501 Words, 5.5 minutes
If the mouth speaks of that which fills the heart, then what would one conclude filled the heart of Jesus? Did He talk on and on about going to a temple, performing rituals or trying to be a better person? Specifically what was the focus of His life and conversation? Love? Truth? Righteousness? Sin? Forgiveness? Were His teachings vague and inconclusive? Hardly.
Consider; “If anyone loves Me, My Father will love Him…” “He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” “…The Father Himself loves you, because you love Me…” “As the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father…” “For the Father loves the Son…” “…I speak nothing of My own initiative, but only what the Father wills…” “The Father abiding in Me does His works…” “I came forth from the Father…” “… I am going to the Father…” “… I am in the Father and the Father is in Me…” “I speak the things that the Father has taught Me…” “… I and the Father are one…” “…That they may be one, Father…” “Father, glorify Your Name…” “This is the will of the Father…” “Our Father” “…Your Father…” “…My Father…” Could it be more obvious?
184 times Jesus spoke of His Father. It is the reason He came to earth; to reveal his Father to an orphan world. Why is it that no one picks up on this? Because they cannot receive the Spirit of the Son. They are too busy finding their own identity. A son’s only identity is found in… his father. An orphan never speaks of a love for a father, but a son is consumed nothing else. A slave tries to do what’s right, a son knows the Fathers will and lives it.
Many people assert that they are a son or daughter of God. However, their life, conversation and spirit reveal they know neither the Spirit of the Son, nor the love of the Father. When as an orphan you continue to grope for an identity from something in this world, it reveals the absence of the Spirit of sonship. You hold on to a job, community, anything or nothing because you are missing the gift God wants to give you in His Spirit if you would surrender to His Son.
God created us to live and walk in fellowship with Him, not as slaves, with no free will, but as sons and daughters that choose to love Him. Adam’s rebellion broke this fellowship and left all men to wander as orphans. Jesus came to create a means by which His Father, could once again be our Father. The focus therefore, is not on the orphan, obviously, but on the Father. So don’t focus on yourself. The love of the Father is focused to His Son; Jesus, and it is only in His Son that you can enter into the Father’s Love. Focus on Jesus, and you will come into the Fathers love.
The Spirit of Christ (Christ-ian) is the Spirit of Son, of adoption. It is not vague or generic. It is not misunderstood. There are not multiple versions. It is not it does not cry “I’m a Christian”, “been there, done that”, “I try, but nobody is perfect” or “I must make the world a better place”. The Spirit of Christ cries one thing: “Abba, Father”. When you know the Father, He resonates through every single aspect of your existence. He becomes your obsession, He consumes your time, thoughts, conversation and life. As a son, you live His answers and as a Father, He responds to your actions.
Jesus revealed that when His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, comes into a man He brings them only, ever, and all things, back to His Father. In this glorious conversion, His Father, becomes your Father. And this brings the end to everything you are and brings you to the everything that He is. Why do you need Jesus? Because He is the Son, and in Him, only in Him you find…. Our Father.
Thank you for reading,
Some of the Scriptures referenced in this blog: Mt.5:45, 6:4-9, 12:34+50, Jn.1:14, 6:57, 14: 6-17-23, 20:17, *the entire Gospel of John*, Rom.8:15, Mk.14:36, Gal.4:6.