The Holy Spirit is the Messenger of God sent to change us. He is Christ in us the hope of glory. He is the hope of being fully changed from within. He has come to change us by changing our roots. He has come to transform the leaves and the fruit of our lives before the world. He has come to change the family tree.
Malachi 4:1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.”
He consumes the things that are not like Him only to reveal the things that are the inheritances of the family of God. The inheritances of the old Adam must be removed so our lives become a testimony of the Last Adam in Christ. Our Father can heal us and give us a good testimony.
Malachi 4:2 But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.
He brings transformation and true freedom in our lives. He causes us to rise above our old self-seeking ways and our old testimonies of wickedness. The light of our day is no longer the testimony of natural inheritances under a natural light of day in the earth. Our light will be the light of Christ within that transforms everything about us to become like our heavenly father. We will not be people who merely seek the fulfillment of our needs, our personal desire to be loved, nor the satisfaction of the natural cravings of our weaknesses. We will be people who seek to be God’s blessing in the earth. We will be people who subdue and have dominion. The dead things in this world will be destroyed by power of God’s life and we will manifest truth that will crumble every lie. Even the dead things within us will be subdued by the grace of God at work in us and the lies in our character, nature, way, power, and authority will be crumbled by the increasing glory of Christ’s truth within. We will be transformed from being a perverted form of self to become a testimony of what was meant to be truth in our lives. The spots, blemishes, and wrinkles will be removed from within.
Malachi 4:3 “You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” Says the LORD of hosts.
The wicked are the things in our lives that are not like God in His character, nature, way, power, and life-giving authority. They are the inherited iniquities of the flesh. God wants to give us our true inheritance and His inheritance will change us from who we think we were born to be to become who He generationally intended us to be. He comes to unlock the things never seen in our lives before and to restore the antique and lost things even before we were born. He comes to restore our true inheritance as the children of God. This only happens when we allow the Messenger, the Holy Spirit, to write the transformation of God’s love upon our hearts and minds through the power of Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
Christ has come so we will be the family of God and see the fruit of internal changes. The things that were only shadow’s of something real in the past can become the very nature of our hearts and minds in Christ. We are the children of God, a testimony of the inheritance as His family in the earth.
Malachi 4:4 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.”
The commands, statues, and judgments of God were not meant to be controlling rules of bondage. They simply revealed what the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God’s family looks like when it cast’s a shadow upon the ground. The law was the evidence of a life-giving covenant seen in heaven; it was not a life-giving covenant by itself. The Old Covenant shadow can only be understood when we realize what it is like to be God’s children in the life-giving covenant of the family inheritance in Christ. It is only received in heavenly places accessed through the gate of heaven, the human heart. The way we were naturally born is not the way we remain. The increasing and progressive testimony in our lives of a supernatural birth in Christ is the testimony of the Father’s inheritance. We were formed in a womb of water to become the natural children of men, but we are being transformed in a womb of the Spirit to become the supernatural children of God.
Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.”
The word for dreadful in this verse can also be translated awesome. If we think that God is a mean, judgmental, angry God we can perceive this to be bad news. It is not bad news; it is a day of the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. It is only dreadful to the enemy, but it is good news to those who want to become like their Father in heaven. The day of the Lord is a day that has no end. It is not like the natural days of men. It is a day of eternity. The last prophet of the Old Covenant, John the baptizer, announced the transition from what was to what is in Christ.
Luke 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”
John revealed the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. He revealed the One who submerges men in fire and in the Holy Spirit. He revealed the One who would turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. He revealed the human testimony of God in the earth who was a Son of God who only saw God as His Father and not a controlling taskmaster. John the baptizer announced the revelation of the firstborn of a new race of humanity that can only come by supernatural birth and supernatural transformation through the power of Christ within. Jesus was the firstborn of a new creation. The family tree of this new race is the testimony of the character, nature, way, power, and life-giving authority of a heavenly Father who is revealing His family the earth. It is about the family of God. It is about liberating the earth from every curse through the manifestation of the sons of God. In Christ the Messenger, the Holy Spirit, has come to restore the family calling, inheritance, and life-giving power in the earth. The hearts of the fathers will be for the children and the hearts of the children towards the fathers.
Malachi 4:6 “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
John the baptizer didn’t turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. His role was to simply point to the One who could. He revealed the Son of God in the flesh to announce that God has not come to remove flesh from the earth as He did in the days of Noah, but to transform flesh to become a testimony of the Father’s glory and person as He promised through the sign of the seven-colored rainbow set in heaven. That seven-colored rainbow is the sevenfold Holy Spirit of God that rests in and upon the family tree of God in the earth.
Isaiah 11: 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
The curse on the earth will be healed because we are not slaves of a god who seeks to control our lives. We will be the family of God. He will not merely be the God of the people, but we will be known as the people of God. We will be children of God and freedom will be seen in the earth.
Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson