The Three Separations of Mature Sonship: Part One – dying to dead works to come to rest

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The Three Separations of Sonship Part One

by Bill Brady

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  old things have passed away;  behold, all things have become new.”

A sculptor was once asked how he was able to carve an angel out of a block of stone. 

  • The sculptor said, “It’s easy.  I just carve away everything that’s not angel.”
  • The sculptor separated the angel from all of the stone surrounding it.
  • This left just angel.

When we are born again we are like that stone angel.

  • We are a new creation inside an old creation.
  • We are a new creation needing to be separated from our old creation.

We still need to be separated from three things.

  • We need to be separated from the way that we have always done things.
  • We need to be separated from being in charge of our own life.
  • We need to be separated from experiencing a sense of self that is separate from our experience of oneness with God.

We need to be separated from the way that we have always done things. 

  • Without faith it is impossible to please God.
  • Anything that we say or do that is not like God won’t please Him.
  • Anything that we say or do on our own apart from Him won’t please God.

The Bible calls things that we say or do “works”. 

  • We are to stop saying or doing anything on our own.
  • How can we do this?
  • We can try to stop doing things on our own by doing something about it.
  • But then, that is doing something on our own to try to stop doing things on our own.
  • There is a better way.

“For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

  • God created the heavens and the earth is six days.
  • On the 7th day God rested from all His works. 

We come to rest from our works by entering into His 7th day rest from His works.

  • The works that we are to turn away from are any works that we do on our own.
  • As opposed to works that we do with Him.

Anything that we do or say apart from God does not have His life in it.

  • God is alive.
  • He is living.
  • What He does has His life in it.
  • God only does living works.
  • Anything that we do apart from God is a dead work.

Works that we do with God are living works.

  • They come from the flow of Holy Spirit.
  • They also reflect our blueprint which is our destiny scroll.
  • They are works of co-building with the Master Builder of the universe who is Jesus.
  • And of flowing with the Holy Spirit.
  • They are living works because Jesus is the Life.
  • They are living works because Holy Spirit is the River of Life.

We are told, “Labor to enter into this rest.”

  • We work to enter rest from our own works.
  • And we come to enter His rest.
  • How can we work to enter rest from our own works?

Jesus was once asked a question about this.

  • “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
  •  Here is Jesus’ answer.
  • “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
  • The only work that we can do to come to rest from our own works is the work of faith in Jesus.
  • It is the work of believing in Jesus’ work for us on the cross.

We can experience coming to rest from works that we do on our own.

  • It is a being set free from doing and saying things on our own.
  • It is a separation from doing and saying things on our own.

Death is a separation. 

  • When a person dies they are separated from us.
  • The person who has died is separated from their body.
  • (We know that this is only a temporary separation.)

We need to be separated from doing and saying things on our own.  

  • The Good News is that we already have been separated.
  • We were separated when Jesus was separated.
  • We died when Jesus died.
  • We died once with Jesus when He died.
  • “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?”
  • We were baptized with Jesus when He was baptized.
  • “…one Lord, one faith, one baptism…”
  • We became one with Jesus in this one death when we were baptized.
  • Now we know this truth.

We can simply chose to believe it.

  • Sin is doing anything apart from faith.
  • Believe that you have already been separated from sin.
  • When you believe you experience a separation.
  • You are now free from sin.
  • You enter into God’s rest.

Once we enter into God’s rest then we can enter into New Jerusalem.

  • We can visit New Jerusalem many times before we enter into it.
  • Entering in this sense is not the time that we first visit.
  • Think of Jesus.
  • He visited Jerusalem many times.
  • Jesus entered Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion.
  • His entering in as the acknowledged Christ.
  • It was His Triumphal Entry.
  • Our own triumphal entry into New Jerusalem is the end of us being our own king.
  • Up until then we had two kings:  ourselves and Jesus.
  • Now we have one King.
  • During our triumphal entry there will be a crowd cheering us on.
  • We now enter into the beginning of our sonship.

The Three Separations of Sonship Part Two