|Sons to Glory book by Paul Jablonowski|
A New Day!
We live in a new day as far as Christianity is concerned. The rapid communications and connectivity available through the internet is just one example of Daniel's prophecy that "knowledge shall increase" at the time of the end. But the end of one thing is also just the beginning of something new. Rather than criticizing the old or trying to rejuvenate what is passing away, this book attempts to give a clear blueprint of the new order that is coming so that we can position ourselves to be a part of this new move of God in our generation.
"Sons to Glory" is a documentation of my writings through the years. Most of the chapters in this book were written between the years of 1998 and 2005, and published on the internet through a variety of Christian e-mail lists and web-pages. These chapters were written piece by piece as the Lord dealt with me on these subjects during this time. Each chapter was written as a stand-alone article. Therefore, there has been some content overlap of the more important points. I did not start out with the intention of writing a book, but this is where it has ended up. I have only tried to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to write down those things that He has been teaching me and showing me as I follow Him day by day.
All of the writings published in this book are available for free in web-page, e-book and paperback book form. These can all be found at www.sonstoglory.com. This book is written for the purpose of giving thanks to the Lord and making known His awesome deeds! As Psalm 105:5 says: "Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth."
The three main Parts of this book include: Part 1- Doctrine, Part 2- Apostles and Part 3- Intercession. They are arranged in a series of progression from first Thinking Like Mature Sons (Doctrine), to then Acting Like Mature Sons (Apostles), and finally towards Being Mature Sons (Intercession).
Doctrine is much more than just having a correct
interpretation of Scriptures. It involves a correct pattern of thought
that is manifested practically in everyday life by how we interact with
others, as well as with God and ourselves. This Doctrine section will
cover some of the foundational principles that are needed for the Body
of Christ to truly become the Bride of Christ. The second Part on:
It is a great privilege to be alive today in the generation that is witnessing the fulfillment of what the biblical prophets saw thousands of years ago. Even the Apocalypse (the book of Revelation) is beginning to unfold before our eyes. It is not hype to say that another Pentecost on the same level that the first century saints experienced is at our doorstep, because the first century Pentecost did not completely fulfill the prophecy in Joel 2:28-32 (and Acts 2:17-21) which says:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your young men shall see visions. Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath; blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
These awesome signs and wonders are still happening, and many more are still coming. But let's take a look in the book of Acts at the fruit of the first century Pentecost, which is the most important aspect of Pentecost that most people overlook:
"And with many other words he (Peter) testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they were continually devoted to the apostles' doctrine and to fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:40-47
So we can see that the greatest miracle of the first Pentecost was not the many signs and wonders that were happening, but rather a lifestyle of great love for one another! Look how they practically loved one another:
"Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement) a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet." Acts 4:32-37
Wow, what unity and love they had! This love and unity will be the natural fruit that occurs from any true outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was a practical love working itself out among brothers and sisters in Christ through every day circumstances. It produced a testimony which "turned the world upside down," and "fear came upon every soul" that came into contact with these believers. Now THIS is the type of Pentecost that is worth eagerly anticipating! The two words that best describe this modern day Pentecost are COMMUNITY and GENEROSITY. Anything short of this description will not do.
This book will attempt to describe the order in which we can steward this modern day Pentecost so that it will not die out again. Every other major move of God in Christian church history started with a fire, hit a peak and then died out by becoming an institution instead of being the living organism that God created the "Body of Christ" to be. Why? Because they all started out with the seed of God and then mankind put his "good ideas" into God's purposes, which made it stagnant. The Cross of Christ is the only answer to overcoming our immaturity and becoming mature sons of the King. The message of the Cross is the common thread intertwined in all of the writings in this book, and the true fruit of the Cross will produce many of God's mature sons.
The reason Jesus suffered and died was to bring many "sons to glory." These sons whom Jesus decides to honor will have taken the same road of the Cross that He did. We all have different crosses to carry that have been hand crafted for us by the Master Carpenter. This book is the story of one man's cross-walk to maturity as a son. My prayer is that the words in this book will encourage you to also take up your cross and follow the Lamb wherever He may lead you.