The orphan to son paradigm is the definitive apostolic paradigm of the heart. This is the paradigm that Jesus, the Beloved Son brought from heaven to earth. “God so loved the world that He sent His Son!” The Father sent forth His Son because only a Son can reveal the Father. Everything about sonship prophetically declares the reality of fatherhood and everything about fatherhood prophetically declares the reality of sonship. Jesus said to the orphanage of humanity; “I will come to you!” His mission was to come to the orphans to miraculously absorb them through the new birth into the same dimension of divine union with the Father that He Himself has eternally enjoyed.

The apostolic mission of Jesus is not complete until the love with which the Father loved Him is experientially established within the hearts of the adopted sons and daughters. Salvation is not the goal, it is merely the gateway of access into the love of the Father. Once this love has been experientially restored to the human heart He can then say to us, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”1John 20:21 The apostolic paradigm is all about ‘sending.’ An apostle is a ‘sent one.’ Jesus told a parable about the wicked vinedressers who had commandeered the vineyard; a metaphor for the nation of Israel.

A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty- handed. Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty- handed. And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him. ’But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”2Luke 20:9-16

The Father speaks over humanity in their lost and broken state and says, “I will send My Beloved Son!” God has now spoken through His Son. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” 3Hebrews 1:1-3 NIV The Apostle John said, “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the sons of God; children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” 4John 1:12,13

Both Paul and John were sent forth by the Father. They became apostolic fathers because they had fully embraced the apostolic paradigm of the heart. Both of these glory-filled sons made this paradigm the core of their preaching ministry in order to raise up a generation of beloved sons and daughters who would enter into the fullness of the joy of the life of the beloved. They understood that it was the glory of the Father to send forth a company of beloved sons and daughters into the world, whose sonship would prophesy of the love of the Father, just as Jesus’ Sonship revealed the glory of His Father. “We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” 5John 1:14 NIV

Paul focused upon the glory of our adoption and John focused upon living in the love of the Father. “Behold what manner of love the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.”61 John 3:1 There is nothing more prophetic on the face of the earth than orphans becoming beloved sons and daughters. This is the heartbeat of apostolic/prophetic ministry. Jesus, the ultimate prophet, prophesied of the glory and love of the Father. The deepest essence of His prophetic ministry was to reveal the love of His Father and to bring adopted sons and daughters into the rich experience of the Father’s love. Whenever ‘prophetic ministry’ is dislocated from the revelation of sonship it becomes a bastardized message. The writer of Hebrews described Christians who reject the loving discipline of the Father as “bastards and not sons.”7Hebrews 12:8 KJV

God is again seeking to restore the fullness of true prophetic and apostolic ministry where He speaks through His beloved sons and daughters to this orphan generation. God speaks through His sons. The essence of human brokenness is defined in the word ‘orphan;’ but the essence of human wholeness is defines in the word ‘son.’

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1. John 20:21
2. Luke 20:9-16
3. Hebrews 1:1-3 NIV
4. John 1:12,13
5. John 1:14 NIV
6. 1 John 3:1
7. Hebrews 12:8 KJV