The Sacred Commission (Full Article)
In generations past we have taken up the Great Commission “to go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Individuals, churches and Para-church ministries have done it and we continue to do so. However, it seems that we have neglected the weightier portion of a Sacred Commission (or should I say commandment) in order to demonstrate the gospel of the Kingdom to the world. We have been commanded by the Lord Himself in His High Priestly Prayer to be “perfected in unity”.
The Heartthrob of the Father
The prayer is more than an appeal or a commandment; it is the “heartthrob” of God Himself. It is the very essence and passion of who He is. He is so emotional about it that He wants to reveal His Son and His glory to the world by demonstrating this tender love affair; this kind of unity is to expose the world to the very heartthrob of the Heavenly Father. Can you read it in the setting of a love affair between all involved? Freely giving, freely receiving from its source from God Himself- there is nothing more sacred:
John 17:20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
John 17:21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
John 17:22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
John 17:23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:25 ¶ “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
John 17:26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
I believe along with signs and wonders this element of the great commission was to be the most convincing “demonstration” of the gospel to the world. Unfortunately it seems the Church has “put the cart before the horse”, as the saying goes, limiting its needed effective “horsepower”.
Clothed in this High Priestly Prayer is:
– A “Commanded blessing” promised in Psalm 133 for those who dwell together as a family in unity.
– The Bride who has made herself ready (Eph 5:27, Rev. 19:7) that will be revealed to the world.
– A Glorious Reigning Church He is about to return for to rule and reign with Him as His Bride for eternity (Rev 20:6).
God’s people have not been this way before, except in theory and if the Lord does not tarry, this will be the generation that journeys into the edge and on into eternity. The challenges before us are great and to the degree we experience and know the fire of His love, the greater the authority we will have in establishing His Kingdom. It is the last quarter and I am sensing that this generation will be in the game when He comes and the team that will be carrying the ball.
We were born for such a time as this and are only able to stretch forth to embrace the unknown if we know (experience) the Fathers love because there the secrets of His heart will be given us. He is going to give us the nations, if we ask Him in the intimacy of His holiness:
Psa. 2:8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
The first secret is the Cross of Calvary as it relates to your own life. Theology, information and knowledge cannot take the place of regeneration of the heart and is plainly written in the word of God for us to walk in:
Matt. 16:24 ¶ Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
I firmly believe Revelation Chapter 10 applies to this generation and those things that were sealed up will begin to be revealed in this hour. However, you will also taste all the other manifestations symbolically depicted in it without delay. Among those will be a strong presence of the Lords glory, increase in the supernatural and visitations of His angels. The voice from heaven will be clear and loud in announcing His judgments on the earth. Prophesying to the Nations and Dignitaries will again become commonplace:
Rev. 10:11 And they *said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”
“The Bad News” will make way for “The Good News”
Psalm 110 is this generation’s destiny to walk in and to take dominion with the King of Kings. It will be the hour of power and authority for the remnant to volunteer to rule and reign with Him in Holiness among the nations. Do not grow weary of hearing “bad news” regarding this Nation for it will make way for the “Good News” of the Gospel for the multitude.
As the end of the age begins to draw to a close there will be a summing up of all things in Christ (Eph. 1:10) and without delay because of the fullness of times. I believe we will see a big leap forward in this decade, both in the building up and the tearing down in this process, which is part of the birth pangs that were prophesied throughout scripture:
Heb. 12:27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.