Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (I Peter 1:3, AMP)
Through the things he suffered, our Lord learned obedience and was made perfect as the Captain of our Salvation! And, just as by one man’s (first Adam) disobedience the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s (last Adam) obedience the many will be constituted righteous. His sacrifice and death completely appeased God, allowed for the forgiveness of humanity’s sin and set the stage for reconciliation between God and Man.
In that moment that Jesus suffered the judgment and punishment of every man’s sin, he felt the weight of all humanity’s sin and the separation from God which is caused by it. Jesus cried, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?”
With that eternal moment passed, the last word of the cross was not “forsaken” but rather, became “Father!”
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!” And Jesus gave up the ghost. Never had the word “Father” been uttered in this manner on earth. Not even in Jesus’ earthly existence had “Father” born the meaning it now came to bear. Now, Sonship has come to the uncharted territory of restoration and resurrection. The breach produced by the orphaned son, the first Adam, has been repaired in Christ, restoration is made for the race in Him, and so it is “Father” with which everything begins; it is “God” and “Father.” ”
This phrase, “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” contains the abundance of life that Jesus promised when he said, “I have come that you might have life more abundantly.” It is the way of our submission and approach to Him. It is the full meaning of the triumph of His Cross over all the separation that had come to the race with the loss of God’s meaning of sonship. Truly, “by His boundless mercy, we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
The true mark of Sonship, the type of sonship that Father is genuinely after is trusting Him in death for His resurrection. It is not a blessing upon or even a reshaping of our old humanity! It is the releasing of the former life so that we can partake of His LIFE! A true Son trusts the Father, willingly lays down his life and trusts the Father for resurrection in all things.
In all the things that Jesus did, he was obedient to the Father. He became obedient even to the point of death through the cross! Yet, Apostle Paul declares the revelation that:
“Who was declared (to be) the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; even Jesus Christ our Lord ” (Rom. 1:4).
Undoubtedly, our sonship must come through faith in the finished word of the Cross…..
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son,…” (Rom. 5:10)
However, the true essence of sonship is seen in our lives by the submission to and outworking of His resurrection life…
” it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.” (Rom. 5:10)
Our new birth is our first taste of resurrection life. It is accepted in an initial act but it has to be born out in a continuous process. The New Testament shows that sonship is something which relates to the whole life of the believer in a practical way of expression.
We are “born again” as (teknon) children of God but, as we continually submit to dying to our old nature and its life and trust Father for the power of His resurrection Life to transform us, eventually, we become “led by the Spirit” proving that we have become “the (huious) sons of God.” (Rom. 8)
God’s confirmation of our sonship is that He gives us continuous opportunities of trusting Him for resurrection. The ever-living hope we have obtained through the resurrection is the right to become sons of God. This world is a tomb, which sooner or later will engulf all those outside of Christ; but here we are in this very tomb, this scene and realm of death; yet we are fully ALIVE. We are in this world but not “of” it! We are “of” God. He is our Father. This is sonship. And, sonship is to be manifested in this earth. It is through sonship that Father’s purposes will be performed and His will accomplished.
Keep your peace!
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