How God Fulfills His Purpose
We must always start at God’s purpose when seeking Him. His purpose is to reproduce Himself in a group of human beings. He is Love; He multiplies Himself when we love with the love that He is.
That is a growth! To take the likes of us and turn us into powerful apostles like Peter, James, John, and Paul. But that is the point: To walk like they did after Pentecost, we must grow spiritually from a humble beginning. For God will reproduce Himself in us using the immutable Law of Harvest. His plan to fulfill His eternal purpose is to use the Law of Harvest. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” You reap what you sow.
“He is bringing many sons to glory.” These will have grown through the stages of spiritual growth exhibiting the Law of Harvest. It is “first the blade, the ear, the full corn in the ear. It is the Seed within itself–some “thirty-fold, some sixty, and some one hundred-fold” . These are the levels of growth of the Holy Spirit within the sons and daughters of God. John refers to these degrees of growth as “children, young men, and fathers” .
When “Christ be formed” in them, signs will follow . Gifts of the Spirit will flow, which includes healings, miracles. Right now, God’s timing calls for the first of the gifts of the Spirit to be given through the elect to others: “the word of wisdom” and “the word of knowledge” . Without the truth contained in those first two gifts, a brother or sister cannot “come out from among them and be separate” . This foundational truth helps to purge the “old leaven” teachings (contained in the parable of the woman putting leaven in three measures of meal or flour–leaven meaning the hypocrisy and insincerity of the Pharisees and their ilk .
I have wrestled with this question: God, why aren’t there more legitimate healings and miracles being done like what happened in the first few chapters of the book of Acts of the Apostles. Answer: We need some true men of God like them who have all their ducks in a row spiritually speaking and have “purged out the old leaven from their thinking, which includes all of the old false concepts and teachings and doctrines we all grew up with. Then I realized how important it is to let the word of wisdom and knowledge flow unrestrained. True knowledge will not live with false doctrines.
When the time comes, God will do something special in the elect’s lives–something absolutely astounding in the power-giving category. All the way through the Bible He did just that. There is no reason to believe that it will be any other way in these latter days. After all, He said, “I am the same yesterday, today, and forever…I change not…” .
The sons-of-God-to-be, the elect, which means “the chosen ones,” may not at present know their destiny that has been pre-ordained by God. Right now, they may only know that there is this pull to know the truth. There is this longing for justice and truth that won’t let them go. Other things of this present world system may tug at them, but a hook is in their jaw, and they are being reeled in by the Great Fisherman, who right now is teaching some, how to be “fishers of men” .
And they do look just like everyone else. But to themselves, they are learning to look “after the Spirit” and not the “outward appearance” . By faith they are looking upon the “things that are not seen,” which is the Spirit . And yes, they will be transformed, but they will go through a spiritual growth cycle as referenced above.
Knowledge of this growth process is lacking in Churchianity today. The people in the pews want “It” right now. They are used to instant pudding and mashed potatoes, instant messaging and internet input. But growth in Him is His growth in us. It takes time for the seed “to fall into the ground and die” and germinate, and pop through the ground as a perfect little blade of grass, a perfect little “babe in Christ” . And this babe in Christ needs the “sincere milk of the word” that it may grow . But this takes humility in giving up the old life and thoughts and habits.
That is why the Master told us, If you are going to follow Me, you better “count the cost.” For it costs everything. It is easier to sell your earthly possessions; it is much more difficult to sell or get rid of your self with its personal materialism, which is idolatry . The gifts of the Spirit will feed us that we may grow into 100-fold fruit bearing for Christ. We all need to embrace His plan for spiritual growth Kenneth Wayne Hancock
[1.] Matt. 13: 23; Mark 4: 8; 4: 28 [ 2.] I John 2: 13 [3.] Gal. 4: 19 [4.] I Cor. 12: 4-11 [5.] II Cor. 6: 17
[6.] I Cor. 5: 7; Matt. 13: 33; Luke 12: 1 [7.[ Heb. 13: 8; Mal. 3: 6 [8.] Matt. 4: 19 [9.] I Sam. 16: 7; Rom. 8: 1-4
[10.] II Cor. 4: 18; Heb. 11:1 [11.] John 12: 24 [12.] I Pet. 2: 2 [13.] Col. 3: 5; Luke 14: 27-33