The Operating Platform of Sonship! Temptation

Sonship - priestJesus was driven into the wilderness by the Spirit he had received at his baptism.  There, installation of the Sonship platform began.  Sonship would be the basis of all his earthly operation from this point forward.  To know the Father and to reveal Him would be the purpose of the Son’s existence.

In the wilderness, Jesus was meditating on the decree he had heard directly from the Father, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”  Alongside came the Adversary.  His goal was to bring into question that which Jesus had heard and abort the installation of the Sonship platform.

In this context and elsewhere, scripture describes Satan as “the tempter”.  The greek word used for “tempter” literally means “one who tries a subject for the purpose of ascertaining the subject’s quantity or measure; ascertaining what he thinks or how he will behave himself.”

The hook that Satan attempts to set in Jesus is the function of human nature independent of God.  He had successfully manipulated it in the First Adam; now he sets his sights on accomplishing the same in the Last Adam.  The Tempter had to get Jesus to forsake the Life of the Spirit and operate according to his own natural life.  Preserve himself. Provide for himself.  Protect himself.

What was it that Satan was really after?  His opening words reveal his goal…………”If you be the Son of God…….”

For 40 days, Jesus had been in the wilderness contemplating the affirmation of Sonship spoken by Father.  He had been fasting.  He had been praying.  He had installed the operating platform of Sonship and he had clicked the icon of “Priesthood Program” which runs on the basis of Sonship.

Let’s back up just a bit and see if some things can help us make sense out of this.  Remember, at the age of 12, Jesus stays in the temple at Jerusalem listening and and asking questions of the religious leaders.  After three days, Joseph and Mary finally find him and ask him why he had done such a thing.  His reply, “I must be about my Father’s business.”

Jesus was of the age when a young Jewish boy would begin to be apprenticed in his father’s business.  From that tender age up until 30 years of age, the son would learn and work under the watchful eye of the father.  When the time came, the father would bring the son forward and present his son to all concerned and present the son as the one who would take over the family business.  In essence, the father would set the son forward to handle the business affairs.

Jesus was approximately 30 years of age when he comes to his baptism.  The Father presents the Son through the voice heard from heaven, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

30 was also the age when Jewish men would begin their training for priesthood.  As the Firstborn/Only Begotten Son, Jesus also received what was known as the First Born Rights.  These rights gave the eldest son in the family several rights. 1.) He became Priest of the family.  2.)   He was Lord over his siblings.  3.)  He received a double portion of the father’s inheritance.

So, the main program that functions on the operating platform of Sonship is the Priesthood Program!  Very simply, Priesthood is the ministry that allows us to have direct access to God, have intimate fellowship with Him, come to learn/know His heart and seek Him for His will and purposes.

Notice the Tempter’s approach.  “If you be the Son of God….”  Each of the temptations he presents to Jesus in the wilderness is an attempt to put a glitch in the operating platform of Sonship and the Priesthood Program.  What would Jesus rely upon?  How would he conduct himself when given seemingly reasonable options?

Here you go:

Temptation One:

“If you be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.”

In the natural, Jesus was undoubtedly hungry!  If it isn’t enough to realize that a man would be hungry after fasting 40 days, the scripture clearly tells us that “and when they were ended (40 days), he hungered.”

Rather than engaging his own ability, Jesus denies his own preservation and responds, “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but every word of God.”

There is so much truth here, we could go for hours.  But to stay in our point, Priests did not “work” or produce their own bread.  They were allowed to eat the bread given by the people for the sustaining of the priesthood and the function of the Tabernacle.

Temptation Two:

Satan takes Jesus to a high mountain.  There, he shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in moment of time.  “All this power will I give you and the glory of them; for that is delivered to me and I can give it to whomsoever I will.”

Satan is speaking to the fulfillment of Jesus’ purpose and destiny.  He wanted to see if Jesus would accomplish the end (rule and reign over all the kingdoms) by using a different means other than God’s plan.

All Jesus had to do in order to receive all authority over all the kingdoms of this world was, “Worship me, all will be yours.”

Notice, Jesus did not argue the point that all the kingdoms of this world were under Satan’s power.  Truly, the First Adam had yielded the dominion given to him over to Satan.  Rather, his response was, “Get behind me, Satan;  for it is written, You will worship the Lord your God, and him only will you serve.”

Again, priests worshiped God and served Him in the Tabernacle.

Third Temptation:

Satan takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem.  “If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down from here.  For it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered, “It is said, You will not tempt the Lord your God.”

Two things. 1.)  Priests functioned and operated in the Temple.  2.) The scripture which Satan uses against Jesus to entice him to prove his Sonship is located in Psalm 91.  That particular Psalm begins with, “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”  It is known as the High Priestly Psalm and is referring to the High Priest who is operating in the Holy of Holies in proximity to the Ark of the Covenant.  Priesthood!

To clarify the point of all this, Jesus wasn’t just wandering around in the wilderness for 40 days.  He was accomplishing the denial of operating according to the flesh and installing the platform of Sonship.  The Spirit of Sonship allowed Jesus (and allows us) to function in Priesthood before Father.  The Tempter came to determine how Jesus would truly conduct himself.

Jesus’ real ministry (as is ours) was always God-ward first as a Priest.  That is where Father’s heart is revealed and imparted.  In the function of Priesthood the life, power and grace is extended to live as a Son and fulfill Father’s purposes in the earth!

Stay tuned to see what is next!!

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5 thoughts on “The Operating Platform of Sonship! Temptation

  1. Pingback: The Operating Platform of Sonship! Installation | Forerunner Perspective

  2. Amen! Thank you very much for your kind words to me in regards to a recent Don Atkin post of 2/7/14. i love your writings!! I though you may appreciate : “The Call of our Priesthood”
    If the Body of Christ really really wants an explosion of a pure and enduring Jesus movement revival, we need to understand and respond to the OBVIOUS call of our Priesthood. This nameless, faceless grassroots revival will be firmly rooted in the potency of our Priesthood revelation In Christ.
    There was no greater privilege God would grant to people under the old covenant than to allow them to minister to Him in the inner court. What was granted to a select group of individuals in the old covenant has been granted freely to every single New Covenant believer in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. We were made Priest’s unto God, new creations in Jesus name, at the very same time we became born again Christians.
    There is profound transforming power in ministering unto the Lord. The potential for true worldwide revival is completely dependent on the New Covenant Church responding to and understanding the present day calling out of the Priesthood.
    Ministering unto the Lord is our FIRST ministry and ultimate destiny. It’s the best kept secret of the Christian life. We must teach and practice ministering unto the Lord if we really want a true and pure revival. While ministering unto the Lord we experience and learn to “live in” God’s presence and have firm faith in the hope of our calling as a Kingdom of Priests!
    As regenerated believers our ministry to God personally in worship, in time spent in stillness before Him, in quality time with and for our Savior comes first. There’s a clear line of demarcation between tha which ministers to man and that which ministers to God ( outer court vs. inner court). And there is something that happens to us when we regularly, purely minister unto God. It’s part of the transforming work of th Holy Spirit in the life of a bliever.
    Our highest, purest, most crystallized form of being a believer is our Priesthood to the Lord. We submit to God’s will and heart’s desire when we set aside time to regularly minister to Him. This ties directly into our honestly beholding Him, into our being able to perceive into what He’s doing in our lives; into our hearing His voice; ministering purely unto God, solely unto God, is the richest thing God can bless His children with, and the richest thing we, as His children can bless God with!
    Ministering unto the Lord is our eternal identity, our testimony to the world and our authentic call to service. God is presently granting the revelation to the Body of Christ the pre-eminent value and awesome privilege of our Priesthood unto Him.
    If we respond to and begin to understand our calling and adopt or “put on” our Biblical identity as a Priest unto God the Body organically becomes a spiritual house which “effortlessly” declares the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His MARVELOUS light!
    Adopting a Priesthood mentaliy is more a matter of being. We have been made somebody special ( i.e. Royal). There’s an anointing. There’s an office. There’s a mantle. There’s a robe. There is a vision. When one walks in the calling of their Priesthood there’s intimacy with God, a stronger Christ centered identity, along with a new vision and a prophetic power to be a living witness of the Resurrection Power of Christ. We naturally reflect the presence of God as we spend time near the showbread of God’s presence and almond budded lampstand of the Light of Christ.
    As we minister unto the Lord as His Holy Priesthood, worshipping and pouring out our hearts and love for God, purely for Who He is and what He has done, we continually “see’ the excellencies of Him. The more we behold God’s excellencies, the more we are transformed by God’s excellencies and the more we proclaim God’s excellencies to this world.
    What purpose and activity could be better for a believer than to spend quality time in hearfelt magnification and adoration of Christ, and then going forth under prophetic anointing to declare His excellencies. Our Priesthood unto the Lord is our eternal identity, part and parcel of our salvation. We need to be “lit up” with God to be salt of the earth, the light of the world. Ministering unto the Lord is how this happens!
    Ministering unto the Lord is authentic Christianity. The growing awareness of the Revelation of our Priesthood comes to us while ministering to Him in the inner court or “inner room.” Nothing will draw us closer to our true identity In Christ than ministering unto the Lord. Nothing brings the Light of Christ truer and purer into the Church and our testimony to the world than ministering unto the Lord. And there is nothing that could be a higher and holier way to be called into ministry than through ministering unto the Lord (Barnabas and Saul).

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    The main message of the Bible is the prophesied,blood bought and glorious New Covenant of grace, which continuously puts the spotlight on Jesus Christ and who we are In Him; which is a redeemed and beloved child of God AND Kingdom of Priests AT NEW BIRTH; whose primary purpose is to minister unto the Lord in the inner court as a Priest, to be nearest His presence, thus being empowered as a conduit to present Jesus Himself to others and bring the Kingdom of God to earth…..

  3. Excellent. Self preservation, provision and protection are constant and fundamental temptations held before those who would abandon man’s ways and wisdom to truly follow Christ. Faith for miracles is not nearly as hard to come by as abandonment of self to fully trust God, yet it is the only way to become a son who lives in the joy, peace and righteousness of the kingdom.

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