THE ANCIENT PATH

INTRODUCTION

There is a required sequence of knowledge to every pursuit in life, this also applies to us (believers) in knowing the Lord intimately. In other words, there is a path to knowing the Lord. Christianity is an unending journey of knowing the Father through His Son (Jesus), and for this purpose we were given eternal life. Jesus, through Whom we received eternal life gives us a clear definition of it in (John 17:3 KJV), which says, and this is life eternal, that they (i.e. God’s people) might know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent”. This clearly simplifies that eternal life comes from the Father through Jesus to us, for the sole purpose that we would embrace the journey of knowing Him through revelations and experiences with the help of the Holy Spirit; for He alone can reveal the deep things of God to us. 1Corinthians 2:9-10.

The path to knowing the Father is hidden in two different but inseparable expedient cultures (i.e. lifestyle) of the kingdom of God. They are:

  1. Embracing ‘discipleship
  2. Dwelling in the ‘secret place

1. Embracing ‘discipleship’

Discipleship is the school of the Holy Spirit, which trains and grooms believers to be consistent and faithful in obedience in their relationship and walk with the Father. The aim of discipleship is to make the believer become a disciple and thereafter a witness. So the next two questions we would want to ask ourselves are:

a. Who is a disciple?

b. What does it mean for one to be a witness?

a. Who is a disciple?

A disciple is one who through fellowship has accepted the call to follow the Lord; just as the first apostles did when the Lord said to them ‘’follow Me …’’ Matthew 4:19”. As such, he will deny himself by surrendering his desires and ambitions to follow the instructions and promptings from his commanding officer (i.e. the Holy Spirit). This doesn’t mean a disciple will not have any personal pursuit in life, rather it means, his pursuit to know the Father will have the highest priority in his life. Having known who a disciple is, we can conclude that discipleship is the school of obedience unto faithfulness.  Furthermore, we can find recommendations for discipleship in the Old Testament, New Testament, and in Jesus – Who is the ‘bridge’ between the Old and the New Testament. In the Old Testament, Abraham was a very good example of a disciple. He and his wife left their kindred and country for a promised land (Canaan) which God did not show them from the beginning until they got to the destination that God wanted. Before his journey began, God said to him, … Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee”, Genesis 12:21. The next few verses indicate that God also made promises to Abraham, but the fulfillment of these promises was dependent on obeying the instructions that God gave him. At one time in his walk with God, God appeared to him and said “… walk before me and be thou perfect’’, Genesis 17:1. In other words, God was saying, “have an obedient and faithful walk with Me”.

In the New Testament, we see that one of the major things Jesus did was to choose 12 disciples who would walk with Him. He said to each one of them “… follow me” Matthew 4:19-20. Luke 18:28 points out that the disciples left their ambitions and desires in order to follow the Lord. Because of their sacrifices, this was the promise the Lord gave, “… Truly I (i.e. Jesus) say unto you (i.e. the disciples), there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not by all means receive back many times as much in this time, and in the coming age, eternal life. (Luke 18:29-30).

The Lord Jesus himself was an example and a model for discipleship, because He was consistently living under the Father’s will. In John 4:34, Jesus said, “ … My meat (i.e. satisfaction and reason for existence) is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish his work. In John 6:38, He also said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him (i.e. the Father) that sent me”.

  • What does it mean for one to be a witness?’

Now that we have fully explained the details of discipleship, we can look toward answering the question ‘What does it mean for one to be a witness?’ We need to answer this question accurately because the whole journey of our Christian experience is to make us a witness for Christ. After His resurrection and immediately before He ascended to heaven, Jesus referred to His disciples saying “But you shall receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria unto the uttermost part of the earth”. (Acts 1:8)

Jesus called His disciples witnesses after they followed Him faithfully for three and half years. With this view in mind, a witness is one whom the Lord has known to be faithful and committed during the course of His discipleship, and as such, the Lord will entrust him with Power and other priceless resources of the kingdom. While He referred to His disciples as witnesses, He also said to them, “… You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you”.

In this wise, we can conclude that a witness is one who having had a track record of consistent obedience and faithfulness, demonstrates and expresses the lifestyle, power, victory, and dominion of Christ over creation, situations, and circumstances, and life as a whole.

2. Dwelling in the ‘secret place’

If we must grow in our knowledge and experience with the Father, then we must understand that there is a secret location where He meets with men. This secret location is known as the ‘secret place’. The Psalmist, King David, talked about this secret place, he said, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1. Having read this verse, one can observe that the shadow of the Almighty (i.e. the Father) is in the secrete place, thus, we can infer that if God’s shadow is in the secret place, then God is in the secret place because one’s shadow can only be in a place if he/she is there.

The Lord Jesus also talked about this secret place. In Matthew 6:6, He said, “But you, when you pray, enter into your private room, and shut your door and pray to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret shall reward you openly”.Notice phrases ‘your Father Who is in secret’ and ‘sees in secret’. The former phrase indicates that the Father is in the secret place, while the latter phrase indicates that the Father sees you every time you dwell in the secret place.

So far we’ve been talking about the secret place, the question we need to ask ourselves is what (not where) is this secrete place? The secret place is the place of ‘communion’ with the Father. In other words, it is a place of intimate communication and fellowship (i.e. sharing) with the Father. Furthermore, there are three main activities that go on in the secret place, they include:

  • Prayer:

This involves a heartfelt communication to the Father as well as praying in the Spirit.

  • Meditation:

This involves repeated proclamation of God’s Word from one’s heart, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

  • The ‘Speakings’ of God:

This actually points out that at certain times, there will be feedback from God to those that dwell in the secret place. Because communication is a two-sided activity, God will sometimes speak to the believer when he dwells in the secret place. One who has become consistent and faithful in dwelling in the secret place is referred to as an ‘intercessor’. All the verses in Psalm 91 tell us of the promises that an intercessor will inherit because of his faithfulness in dwelling in the secret place.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, everyone that had an intimate relationship with the Father did so due to their consistent submission – as an act of obedience unto discipleship, and fervency in dwelling in the secret place, thereby, accepting the call to become an intercessor. This is the secret to having an intimate relationship with the Father. I would have you know that the call to become a disciple and a witness thereafter, as well as an intercessor, has been extended to all of God’s children. I will end this discussion by stating that the Father does not have favorite children, but He has intimate children – these are those who have embraced the lifestyle of the kingdom as discussed above.

Selah (i.e. Pause and think of these things for a moment)

Written by ARTHUR EJIRO ADAMA

You can reach me on: earthur838@gmail.com          

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