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John the Baptist came baptizing in the River Jordan. Multitudes came to him for the life cleansing water for their souls. But, John was not the one who men should come after, nor did he ever proclaim himself to be the Messiah. He was only the one crying out in the wilderness, as written. In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Matthew 3:1-3). Many enquired of John if he were the Messiah or not. Never at any time did he take that honor upon himself. He always spoke of the one who was to come after him. In fact, his preaching was on this wise, I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:11-12). Continually, he spoke of Jesus being greater than him. This is much unlike the preachers of this day who take way too much upon themselves, walk into services with an entourage of armor bearers making their grand entrance so all can see and swoon at their presence, wear their costly jewels and customized suits so that all can see how prosperous they are, those who are spoken so highly of by their followers as if they were Christ himself, riding in their expensive automobiles, and borne about by their costly jets, who are unwilling to go preach unless they have five star hotel reservations with rooms for all their entourage, pay for their trip over and back, come at a set fee, and take up a large offering besides, and prepare for a special boarding for their animals, eat the finest food in the best restaurants, and have their own private masseuses after meetings. Why, if John the Baptist showed up on the scene today, they scarcely would have a meeting for so few would come out to see some someone in camel’s hair eating locusts preaching repentance.

So, if John came looking like a wild man out of the desert, why then did Jesus say, For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. (Luke 7:28). Jesus said about John in the book of Matthew that there was not a greater than he, meaning a greater man, and in Luke he said there was not a greater prophet than he. When we think of all the great Patriarchs prior to John such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, and all the Old Testament figures who are written in the Annals of Faith, one can hardly understand why Jesus said there was none greater among men than John. It then springs to my mind that the things John said and things that were written of him must be serious analogs from which we must draw wisdom and with which we must advance the Kingdom of Heaven. Having said that then, I recall to mind one of the first things John did say, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”(John 3:30). The word increase means to cause to grow, augment, to increase, and to become greater while the word decrease is the opposite which means to become small, decrease, to become lesser. Since Jesus himself said that there was not a greater prophet than John the Baptist, then John’s words must have a great import on how one must live this Christian lifestyle. For as a prophet, his words speak as it were the oracles of God. He is God’s mouthpiece in the earth declaring by the anointing within him the hidden things of God, who by God's authority and command in words of weight pleads the cause of God, and foretells certain future events. In the religious assemblies of the Christians, they were moved by the Holy Spirit to speak, had power to instruct, comfort, encourage, rebuke, convict, and stimulate their hearers. John’s words, “He must increase, but I must decrease” doesn’t mean we are to become smaller in stature. Oh, no! It doesn’t mean we should become small in other people’s eyes. Oh, no! It doesn’t mean we should become a monk living on a mountain top away from all humanity to commune with God. Oh, no! For Jesus said himself, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. (John 17:15). In fact, Jesus also said, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” (John 17:18). These are strange sayings to dispensationalists for this crowd is looking to be taken out of the world. How opposite are these words. Jesus is sending us into the world and the dispensationalists want to get out of this world. One is right, and I’m putting my faith in what our Lord said.

So, If we are to stay in this world according to Christ, and we are to decrease according to John, can we make sense of all this? I believe so. The supreme heavenly mission here on earth is to advance the Kingdom of God right here, win every inhabitant to Christ that he may lose none, usher in righteousness throughout every nation, subdue and take dominion over all God’s creation as in the beginning, and see all inhabitants living a safe and godly lifestyle under their own fig tree in a type of Canaan Land bliss. Can you not see God’s original plan unfolding before your very eyes? What started Edenic bliss with the first Adam who was earthy and who failed will now be completed by the last Adam who ended the generational curses on the cross for all men, and the first man who came from heaven. We shall no longer bear the image of the earthy Adam, but now we shall bear the image of the Son of God who came from heaven. What an awesome plan! Now, we begin to get a little glimpse of what John meant by decreasing. If we put this in just a few words, we might say, “Adam must die”. This is the only way for this man of sin to be put under. We must no longer have our own will, and our on way as one crooner put it, “I will do it my way”. Submitting our will and way to him is the path to decreasing. In Gethsemane, Jesus, in the face of death, said , “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42). Even Christ totally submitted his will to the Father. So, John recognizing this old man Adam who was within all men knew, for John was a prophet, that this old man must die or decrease. He must no longer be self willed. He must no longer go his own way. The words Christ spoke to Peter after his resurrection were, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” (John 21:18). Peter’s way or path of walking was to be no longer his own designed path. Peter had to die to self. Why, he was the one who said he would never betray the Lord, and that he would never desert the Lord. But, it was Peter, before the crucifixion, who denied his Savior three times. The old Adam still lived. A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.(Proverbs 16:9).
There are historical accounts of scripture that are clearly written as factual accounts of the lives of the patriarchs and the contenders of the faith. Clearly, we see that, but there are spiritual lessons to be learned from these great tales of triumph and tragedy throughout the old and new testaments. Two of those great leaders whom we have discussed here are John and Peter. At the end, after all his great preaching, prophesying, and declaring by great inspiration who the Lamb of God was who takes away the sin of the world, John dies a martyr’s death by beheading. Peter, who after beginning to preach to the Gentiles which was for sure in the eyes of the religious world non kosher, who exercised and became an inspiration of faith by walking on water, who escaped prison and the sword, and penned two of the great letters we all receive inspiration from daily, was crucified upside down on the cross at his behest that he not seem to take on the honor of the cross with Christ by being crucified right side up. The message here is that John and Peter both knew the old Adam that lived in them, and they knew that Adam must die. John and Peter both must decrease. Paul wrote, “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:19-21).

So, where are we headed? From the time we were born into this world as a little child with the sin nature of Adam, Christ has been at work. He has used godly parents, evil parents, triumphs, tragedies, prosperous days, days of poverty, good friends and those who persecute, hardships, deaths, sickness, health, abuse, and yes even life itself to cause us to see how utterly useless this “Old Adam” really is. Every trial we endure takes us through the refining fire of the Holy Ghost. Sanctification, we find is not just a doctrine, it is a lifestyle.

To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? (Isaiah 46:5). God is giving the nation of Israel a rebuke because of their inerrant ways and haughtiness. In His diatribe, He wants to know who Israel reckons Him, Father God to be like. Does he have an equal? Is anyone as great or greater than Him? Of course, the answer to that is a resounding, NO! He is the creator of the Universe, he is the great I Am that delivered the Hebrew children from Pharaoh’s hand, He is the one who gave the Great Ten Commandments, He alone is Holy, He has no equal. When asked about multiple marriages, the resurrection, and the life hereafter, Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:34-36). Jesus, not only answered a question about life in the hereafter, but gave a glimpse of the state of man as children of God. It wasn’t complete, but enough to get folks to asking questions and thinking about the hereafter.

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: (Hebrews 2:7). This scripture was taken from the Book of Psalms. He was talking about mankind and the Son of Man in this age. He said that both were made a little lower than the angels. Understand, that angels are supernatural beings, who have supernatural strength, and supernatural powers. Man has been made a little lower than the angels and lacks these supernatural attributes. But, not altogether. The word “little” doesn’t mean small; it means a certain-one-some time, a little while. Puts a different twist on it, doesn’t it? In other words, man will be lesser in power than the angels for only a short period of time, then they will come into their own. To be made lower than the angels means to be made less or inferior as in dignity, and it also means to be decrease in authority or popularity. We recognize this when conversations turn to angels and men. Angels always seem to have popular recognition, while men are mere vassals in comparison. However, we must note that this inferiority is only for a short space of time. Christ is not, and we are not consigned to inferiority forever. There is a resurrection that brings supernatural powers into being. Even now, we get a glimpse of the powers to come as well said Paul. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come… (Hebrews 6:4-5). In this flesh, at this time, we experience supernatural acts of God in our own lives with signs of miracles, healings, faith, wisdom, knowledge, prophecies, tongues, interpretation of tongues (glossalia-angelic languages), and discerning of spirits. These are the nine power gifts that occur from time to time when need arises for God to manifest himself through us. Jesus, though he was in the flesh like us, operated in the supernatural all the time. Every time a supernatural gift manifests in us, it is a resident token of the resurrection life to come whether we die and enter the resurrection or we are changed by resurrection power. We stand close to being like the angels at all time. On the day, the Manifested Sons of God are revealed to the world, we will have entered into our own.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation , and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:3-11). Jesus made it perfectly clear that he was EQUAL to God since he came from God and was God even though he looked like a man with limitations, and compared to God was a servant. He also made it clear how we should walk with clear understanding that we as Sons of God were equal with God yet being man in a human body. Jesus even spoke of the nature of man as being gods. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said , I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (John 10:34-38). Jesus made his point. Many had said he had blasphemed because he was trying to equate himself with God as being the Son of God, and the rulers were angry with him. But, Jesus made it clear that God had called them gods as well, so it should not be an argument that needed to be grasped. Jesus made it clear that the Father was in him and He was in the Father. They are at ONENESS! Christ in God, God in Christ is all one and the same. The religious rulers went mad on thinking a mere mortal man could be the Great I Am or YahWeh or Jehovah or El Shaddai, Who in the world did he think he was? Jesus rebuked the Pharisees on telling them, “Before Abraham was, I Am”, equating himself with God. Of course, all their religious reasoning and inability to transcend time, argued with him. “You are not yet 50 years old and you say you have seen Abraham? Of course, He saw Abraham. He saw Moses, Elijah, David, Solomon and many others. He spoke with them personally. He saw Satan fall from heaven in the beginning. And he saw Adam as he talked with him in the cool of the garden. Adam was his original creation of man. In fact, he fashioned Adam to be like him, think like him, talk like him, walk like him, and subdue the whole earth. He had given Adam all of his supernatural powers, but Adam squandered the gift through his transgression.

God is not without power, however to redeem man, restore him to his beginning, make restitution for all that was lost, and cause him to be called a Son of God. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:16-26). Jesus in one fell swoop, makes man equal with him. He speaks of being in the Father and the Father being in him, then he utters almost the blasphemous to the religious leaders even of this day. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one. Just as Christ was one and the same with the Father, he was in the Father and the Father was in him, so now he calls for mankind to be in him and the Father and be one with them as them. ONE! It could not be clearer. Christ has made us equal with God. Oh, but dear child, I know you feel your infirmities, your weaknesses, your faults, your sins, your inadequacies, your failures, your disappointments, your frailties, but none of these things keep God’s word from coming to pass. OH, THE RESURRECTION IS COMING! Soon your mortality will be swallowed up of immortality, your corruptible body will be swallowed up by incorruption. Perfection is before us. Supernatural power is in front of us to rule the world with God and as God. He has made us Sons, and Sons have all the attributes of the Father. What we do in part now is soon to be manifest in fullness.

The world does not yet understand what we are, who we are, and how we will play the greatest role on earth of bringing all men into re-creation making them new creatures in Christ. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:16-17). When we were regenerated, we became new creatures in Christ. The word “new” means something unused, unworn, uncommon, unheard of, or of a new kind. We are not mere mortals even now, but we have been changed by the Spirit. We have entered into an eternal state of being. The creature is a new act of founding, something has been created anew. A “new creature”, then is one who has taken on a whole new identity, one created by God to be like him. No longer are we humans mindlessly wandering the earth, but we have a mission like God to reconcile the world. We have been given new authority and power, we have entered into the supernatural. We are NEW CREATURES. And these new creatures have the exact same DNA as their creator. Their spiritual DNA has come from God, and they are called THE SONS OF GOD.

 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore , brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 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. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:11-23).

God has a divine purpose in causing us to decrease. This human called man, made after the order of Adam was prideful, arrogant, spoiled, sinful, haughty, conceited, self-important, self righteous, egotistical, full of oneself, superior, overbearing, pompous, bumptious, presumptuous, imperious, overweening, proud, immodest, informal, high and mighty, too big for one's britches, too big for one's boots, big-headed, puffed up, hubristic, haughty, hauteur, insolent, lofty, lordly, overbearing, presumptuous, supercilious, self-centered, selfish, egocentric, egomaniacal, self-interested, self-seeking, self-absorbed, vain, boastful, and narcissistic. God knowing that man had such high mindedness which produces pride, that such headiness would produce a fall, and man would degrade lower and lower into depravity. God set a spiritual law into motion. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith , God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. HUMBLE yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall LIFT you up. (James 4:4-10). That law is called the Law of Humility. A man full of pride and haughtiness will be brought low, but the man who is humble will be lifted up and exalted to a high place. Instead of sitting up on the front reserved for the VIP’s, and have someone escort you to the back, why not sit in the back and let someone escort you to the front. For sure, it saves the red face, and besides we may not be as important as we think, at least in other’s eyes. Moses was humble and he led 3 million Hebrews out of bondage in Egypt. In the New Testament, Jesus said there was not a greater than John the Baptist except he who was least in the Kingdom of God. Folks can be great in men’s eyes, but God sees differently than men. He looks on the heart. Tis’ better to be found least in God’s eyes, and enter into your place of destiny when you are promoted by God. The Sons of God will take the approach of being servants of all rather than the ruler of all. Herein, at least in part, is a secret to God’s revealing the Manifested Sons of God to the World for He knows he can count on them to advance his Kingdom and not their own interest. Paul said to look on the things of others and not on the things of yourself. Too many want to build their own little kingdom and be recognized by men around the world. God is not impressed with religious titles, pomp, ceremony, wealth and riches, respectability, power, or fame. It is he and he alone that can raise a man up or bring him down.

So, what do we say? He must INCREASE, and we must DECREASE. The more trials and tribulations and testings we go through, the more we become like the pattern Son in all humility and abasement. It is in this place, recognizing we are equal with God, but humble ourselves like servants, where he brings us into the resurrection power of the MANIFESTED SONS OF GOD. TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!

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