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Impartation: Sons vs Servants

Tue, Mar. 22, 2016 Posted: 07:51 AM

In Bible days, a mantle was an outer cloak used for additional covering and warmth, especially at night. The mantle was essentially the only "blanket" the person had so even when used as a pledge the law required it be returned before bedtime.

From the idea of something that "covers" in the natural, a mantle easily comes to represent spiritual covering also. Mantles usually refer to spiritual authority and anointing. A great example of a spiritual mantle which passed from one person to another is Elijah and Elisha.

Elijah was a prophet in Israel and Elisha was his student or disciple. Elisha ministered to Elijah and studied under him, earnestly desiring to operate the way he did. He realized that the time was drawing near when Elijah would leave the earth. Elijah also knew the time was soon and repeatedly told Elisha to depart from him. Instead, Elisha pressed in closer and refused to leave him.

Before Elijah was translated into heaven, he said; "'Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.' And Elisha said, 'Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.'" (2 Kings 2:9) It was Elijah's mantle which proved whether or not Elisha received his request.

Elijah told him; "'You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.'" (Verse 10) Elisha did see Elijah leave in a chariot of fire. He then tore his own garment in two pieces and "took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him." (Verse 13) Thereafter, he also took up the work of his spiritual father and operated in his anointing.

Impartation is the transference of anointing from a higher spiritual vessel to another

Jesus says, we are no longer servants but his friends.The following is look at the differences between servants and sons and daughter. I used the term sons when I mean sons and daughters.

Fathers use their servants. Fathers love their sons.

Servants have limited access. Sons have full access to all the Father has.

Servants have no authority, they simply obey. Sons have authority.

Servants are chained to their past and pessimistic of the future. Sons are free from their past and have hope for the future.

Servants need to prove their worth. Sons know they are worthy due to relationships.

Servants are looking for their identity. Sons have identity.

A good son considers the needs of his parents, and will often do more than that which he was asked to do. A good son will love his parents and receive their love in return. He will seek to do the things that are needed. Impartation and succession comes through relationship! Although there's levels to relationships if both parties are dedicated to building through instructions and rebuke the son can and will grow into their gift and calling

By Curtis D. Whiteman

Curtis D. Whiteman is a Husband, father, and inspirational speaker. Follow Curtis' Twitter account for inspirational and wisdom packed tweets that will enrich your walk with Christ.

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