By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Editor, FaithInspires.Org
We often talk of God as our heavenly father. We even speak of ourselves as sons and daughters of God. But is any of this real ? What does it mean ? First lets look at what scripture tells us at Ephesians 2:19
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” In the first century every member of your household was a member of your household. But this verse tells us we are at the very least members of God’s household. But now lets look at John 1:12,
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, ” Here we see that those of us who have accepted Christ into their lives are not just mere members of his household, but his own sons and daughters. Compare this with what noted theologian Sinclair B. Ferguson says, “We are adopted into God’s family through the resurrection of Christ from the dead in which he paid all our obligations to sin, the law, and the devil, in whose family we once lived. Our old status lies in his tomb. A new status is ours through his resurrection.” So we are indeed sons and daughters of God through what Christ did for us on the cross.
So now lets turn are attention too the question of what does this all mean ? Lets start with Romans 8:17,
” And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Here we learn that in accepting Christ into our lives we share in the sacrifice he made on the cross. It is by doing so that we share in the results of the cross. Most important of which is that the price for our sins have been paid. However it is also at the cross that we became bound to Christ, and to God his father. To explore deeper what it means to be a son or daughter of God I want to turn to another quote from Professor Ferguson,
” The notion that we are children of God, his own sons and daughters, lies at the heart of all Christian theology, and is the mainspring of all Christian living.” Sinclair B. Ferguson So our status as a son or daughter of God is essential to gaining a total grasp of what we as Christians believe. It in fact, in many ways defines the relationship between us and God. Ferguson also introduces the idea that this relationship transforms our life and behavior. A. W. Pink shares more with us about this part of it,
‘It is only in proportion as the Christian manifests the fruit of a genuine conversion that he is entitled to regard himself and be regarded by others as one of the called and elect of God. It is just in proportion as we add to our faith the other Christian graces that we have solid ground on which to rest in the assurance we belong to the family of Christ. It is not those who are governed by self-will, but “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).”
So although we must freely choose God’s path, it is not our free will which makes us sons and daughters of God. It is when we accept the leadership of the Spirit of God that the “adoption” takes place. It is also important to understand that when we are adopted into God’s family we become a new person. A conversion in our lives and behavior takes place that is so complete, so powerful that it is obvious to those around us. Our status as sons and daughters of God is one of the primary reasons our example to the rest of the world is so important. Our biggest responsibility as members of God’s family is to always strive to be more Christ like. Just as most younger brothers in our earthly world want to be like their big brother, we should have an unquenchable desire to be like our “big brother” Jesus Christ.
Posted on May 31, 2015, in Bible Study and tagged A.W. Pink, Bible Study, Ephesians 2:19, John 1:12, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Romans 8:17, Sinclair B. Ferguson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.