For six thousand + years the Adamic race has been besieged by carnal addiction, spiritual deception, and political oppression. The vast multitudes of men and women have succumbed to these forces and have been exploited as helpless chattel.
But all through the misty centuries of tumultuous darkness, there has been another, smaller, secret class of individuals. Some of earth’s sojourners, a very few, have escaped their captors. These have slid the chains from their spirits and raised up from the mire to behold the brilliant light of another realm. I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. These few have caught a glimpse of eternity, as a bright radiance streaming from behind a door left slightly ajar. Following after this alluring luster, they have reached for it, and seized it as a precious prize. From the days of John the Baptist until the present time the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force as a precious prize. A share in the heavenly kingdom is sought for with most ardent zeal and intense exertion. Matthew 11:12 (Amplified). These hungry individuals yearned for something more than the soon tarnished glitter of mortal life. While they lived on the earth, they hoped to find some single permanent treasure amongst the heaps of temporal tinsel. With the zeal of the half-starved, these sought for and found the secret plan of God.
They discovered that by the death and rising of Jesus Christ, God perfected a resurrected spirit that could be planted as a seed into the hearts of men. When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. They learned that if this seed should become bonded to their own spirit, a new child would be formed. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. This child is an entirely new entity, a new spirit being. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Those who uncovered this secret discerned that this new spirit child is the offspring of its Father it is a Son of God. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. This spirit Son is developed in the travails of earth, but it has an otherworldly existence, with a destiny far beyond the created realm. And why did God make you two one? Because He sought a godly offspring from your union. Malachi 2:15. (Amplified).
Finding this Son within them, they perceived that though it begins in embryonic form, this Son is a sibling to Jesus Christ. For both he that sanctifies [Jesus] and they who are sanctified [you] are all of one [God]: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. And if this stripling spirit within them was brought to maturity, he would stand to inherit all the same substance that Jesus Christ inherited. This is all the wealth of divinity. If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Finding this entrance to immortality, even the life of Christ dwelling within them, they strode out of this world and into his, to share in his eternal treasures. Woven through the ages as a thread through a garment, there have been a few individuals who have set out on this path to Sonship. These came into possession of the seed of life, and then began their journey by avoiding the clutches of Organized Religion. They could not be appeased by the perfumed lap of religious ceremony. Instead they turned from the shallow precepts of men and sought to find God alone, in personal, intimate communion. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
These are they who saw through the barren doctrines of Modern Christianity. Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Instead of accepting the self-centered religious concepts of man, they labored with patience and skill to discover the infinite. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life. They rushed after knowledge and truth, as hunters pursuing a prey. Ask and keep on asking, and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking, and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door shall be opened to you. Luke 11:9 Through diligence these found the hidden promises of God and finally looked into the spirit realm, as a spy peers over a wall. Having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Detecting the fledgling life of Christ within them and discerning its potential, these mortals began to restrict their lives. They turned away from the corruption that is common to the unregenerate. They reordered their daily priorities to conform with heavenly goals. They pushed for mastery of self-control, and wrapped their existence in a cocoon of Godly circumspection. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. These are they who have eschewed evil. First they recoiled from the external evil in the world around them. Abstain from all appearance of evil. Then, more importantly, they attacked the evil that dwells within them. They accepted the task of cleansing their own personalities. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. All their motives and actions were scrutinized for selfishness and disbelief; nothing was spared. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Being vigilant, guarded, and intolerant of their own failings, these people slowly shed the scales of carnality, and their spirits began to grow inside their death doomed bodies. Having stript off the old man, together with his practices, and having put on the new who is being molded afresh unto personal knowledge, after the image of him that hath created him. Colossians 3:9,10 These then turned all their desires toward good. He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. They made their actions conform to righteous behavior, and commanded their minds to orbit God’s truth. Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
These are they who have walked softly in daily affairs, looking always for the leading of their Father. Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. All their energies came to be riveted upon doing the right thing, and winning the approval of God. Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Committing themselves to becoming Sons, these people would not turn back. They never returned to the ways of mortals. They were propelled by the quest. No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. They refused to forget the delight of their life. Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed. They would not swerve from their pursuit of excellence within and innocence without. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.
These are they who have clung to their heavenly vision. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. They sought perfection in word, thought, and deed. Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure. All their actions became ordered by their spiritual goals. Beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful. Discerning that the Adamic race is oppressed by worldly desire, these rare individuals sought to free themselves from this genetic curse. They refused to be human. They found the spiritual strength to turn away from temporal allure, as a moth suddenly loosed to fly away from a light. Having seen a greater treasure in the spirit realm, they set a new course for a new destination. That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
These are they who turned away from the world. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Their earthly lives came to a sudden stop, and were redirected toward the heavens. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. They attacked their cravings for physical ease, and denied their normal desires. I train my body and lead a slave’s life; for fear that, after having trained others, I myself should be disapproved. 1 Corinthians 9:27 (Fenton). They made the will of God more important than the comforts common to mortals. Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. These pioneers refused to be ruled by earthly interests. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. They abandoned their lives to the acquisition of Christ. What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
Let there be no mistake about the identity of the Firstborn Sons. If you hope to join their ranks, you must be willing to relinquish your dreams at the request of your Father. Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. You must re-order your goals to prefer the eternal. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. You must be willing to watch through tears as your precious things are destroyed. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? You must accept unmerited pain from your Father’s superior wisdom, responding only in silent awe. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. … If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
These developing Sons then began to give. They perceived that those enslaved to carnal failure served always their hunger to receive. Rather than joining with the multitudes in this obsession, these bold travelers opted to reverse this destructive trend. Instead of only taking-in, they labored to become sources of supply. These are they who found that spiritual strength is developed by giving. Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven. They sought to give a morsel of truth or a word of comfort. They gave their knowledge, encouragement, and resources, to those who could not repay. When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed. They gave away all that they had, and all that they were, in trade for the permanent wealth of God. Give, and it shall be given unto you. … For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. In this persistent desire to give, they imbibed the antidote to carnality. If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday.
Scattered through the centuries of earthly travail, these few seeking striving individuals, were never content to live in spiritual infancy. They wanted spiritual maturity. Leaving their fearful siblings behind, they exercised their spirits to stand on their own. Through lonely perseverance they labored for independent strength. In patient and difficult gestation, they developed the character of God. These are they who searched personally for the wisdom of God. Desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. They perfected their knowledge of God’s secret plan. We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. They reversed their spiritual destitution by valuing the infinite over the temporal. Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. They walked in the weary shoes of an apostle. Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. They became the autonomous endurance of unfailing faith. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. They pursued spiritual perfection as warriors closing in battle. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. They brought forth a mature spirit. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.