Pushing beyond the boundaries of humanity, these Overcomers came to the frontiers of Godlikeness. There they were empowered to see God in sovereign control of all that touched their lives. They discovered that God’s wisdom is supreme and his power absolute. I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me. They learned that he is the instigator of every earthly action, whether it is labeled good or evil. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Finding this key to the Begotten Realm, they cautiously entered the heavenlies. We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.
In ancient times, the race of Adam and the nation of Israel were sacrificed by the wisdom of God. But there is one step more. There is the sacrifice of individuals in willing surrender. By sacrifice the covenant to Sonship is made sure. This is the New Covenant, and ultimately, it must be ratified individually by each participant. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. Those who complete this sacrifice will become the firstborn Sons of God. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. These are they who have put their belief in God’s sovereignty to the test. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. In trials of Devilish design, yet ordained by the hand of God, they have crucified their own desires and laid down their lives. Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. By the bitterness of sin against them they learned to forgive. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. By forgiveness they became the perfection of agape-love. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. In devastation’s undeserved, and calamities hot with God’s love, these were swept into Son-ship. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Many people will hear about the first-fruits of Sonship, but very few will attain it. Most of mankind will never truly discern the path to the first resurrection. Instead, they will remain in spiritual death until the 7,000 years of Adam’s captivity have expired. Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Those who adhere to the doctrines of Organized Religion will not become the firstborn Sons of God. When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Those who need the approval of men will never come to spiritual maturity. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Those who delight in the things of earth will not find the treasures of heaven. Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Those who are offended by new truth will not enter into the secrets of God. This is an hard saying; who can hear it? … From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Those who will not crucify their own carnality, will dance in a trance to the rhythm of the flesh. Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. But while they deny the existence of Sonship, there are others who will apprehend it. It remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief.
Today in the world around you, those who will attain to the firstfruits of Sonship, place no value in the religion, politics, or economics of man. Reciprocally, they are rejected by the world. Since they do not run to the music of mortals, they are slandered by the ignorant, cursed as misfits, and dismissed as heretics. But these individuals live in communion with God, their Father. And they know that all the afflictions of earth are only the guarantee of their success. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. If you wish to enter the maturity of a Son, you must master your own five senses, and crucify your carnality. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. You must seek to please God by the sacrifice of yourself. Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die. You must abandon the fetters of self-preservation. We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. You must carefully follow the example of Jesus. As Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind.
Before you are called a Son of God, you will release all claim to human prestige. Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends. You will forgive your accusers, returning mercy for malice. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we intreat. You will respond to adversity by giving. Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest. You will stand in unwavering trust as your humanity is stripped, trampled, and destroyed. And they loved not their lives unto the death.
To attain the grandeur of Sonship, you will have to make the substance of God your only desire. You will have to seek him alone, and study his truth. You will have to suffer, and love, warring against the confusion and doubt in your own mind. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. If you can do these things, you will bring forth the faultless character of a Firstborn Son. You will make the jump from the created realm to the begotten, and be called to the first resurrection. [Love] beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ASV). The earthly experience is a captivity in a swirling realm of unbridled flesh and rebellious spirit. Yet this loathsome turmoil was specially prepared by the love of God, as a womb for his Sons. When Adam and Eve fell into the carnal death of good & evil, they entered the birthplace of begotten beings. The environment of earth is a reactor that converts temporal pain and confusion, into eternal forgiveness and love. In this laboratory hothouse, new creators are born from the spiritual genetics of God. By their subjection to the ingredients of earth, they will grow to become conquerors of the created realm. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.
Within the darkness of human existence, there is an exit, well hidden. It is concealed in sacrifice; it lurks in bewildering trial. This door is unlocked by the death of self-centeredness, the slaying of both evil and good in your own spirit. It isn’t enough to turn from evil and to want only good. You must turn from the earthly and want only God. You must turn from death and want only life. When your carnality is passed through the fiery sword of God, the resulting flames will light the path to your own resurrection. Those transformed into this blazing pyre will exit the mortal realm. Being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. The power that is generated by sacrifice is the power for resurrection they are one and the same. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. As you develop the power for self-sacrifice, you take hold on resurrection life. I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.
The resurrection is not a gift, it is the result of a process. Only those who crucify their own fallen carnal natures will come to the first resurrection. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. This coming resurrection is the act of spirit birth. He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. The challenge of true Christianity is not to assail the evil people around you and gloat in your own goodness. Rather, it is to suffer the death of your own Adamic nature in such a way, that your spirit is matured and called to the first resurrection. This first resurrection is out from among the dead. Those who complete this task will become the Firstborn Sons of God. That I might come to know Him in an experiential way, and to come to know experientially the power of His resurrection and a joint-participation in His sufferings, being brought to the place where my life will radiate a likeness to His death, if by any means I might arrive at the goal, namely, the out-resurrection from among those who are dead. Philippians 3:10,11 (Wuest).
For six thousand years the firstborn Sons of God have been in preparation. Quietly, almost invisibly, they have walked the earth in submission to the bewildering will of God. Each in his own order, and during his lifetime, came to his cross, surrendered to the wisdom of God, and entered into spiritual maturity. By the cross they were readied for spirit birth. For God has enriched me in the land of my wrongs. Genesis 41:52 (Fenton). From these silent and bloody stakes that litter the landscape of history, they shall soon arise in resurrection splendor. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. By your experience in earthly travail you can inherit incorruptible wealth. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Your subjection to carnal decay is your ticket to the Begotten Realm. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Though you began as a slave to the flesh, you can arise as a creator of spirit. I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings. From your spiritual gestation on earth you can be birthed as a Son of God. Thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs [earth], and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them … and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
God is a timeless spirit being. He is the source of all wisdom, knowledge, and power. His existence is self-sustaining and without limitation. And so also are his Sons. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. Those who become the Sons of God are conceived from the spiritual ancestry of God. They are born from his genetics. They will develop into what he is. The glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. They will no longer be human. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. They will become timeless spirit beings. Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life. They will become reactors of radiant life. By your endurance shall ye gain your lives for a possession. Luke 21:19 (Emphasized). As the offspring of God they will stand in his presence, and see his face, and possess his glory. That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
These Sons will become the custodians of all that can be known. Then shall I know even as also I am known. They will hold the scepter of all authority. Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. They will be limited by nothing, save the bonds of unalterable paternal love. For I do always those things that please him. These are the Secret Sons, and they are fast becoming a reality. Because as He Himself is, we also shall be, in that world. 1 John 4:17