Posted by: SandreS | March 30, 2009

Participation in Christ’s Sonship

Think of it! Through the Son, we have been brought into union with His Sonship. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, “the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). We are Christ’s brethren, and too are God’s sons.

We are not just the “children of God,” wonderful enough as that is; we are more than that: through our union with Christ, as members of His body, we’re the “sons of God.” We are not minor “children”; rather, we have the divine position of full-grown sons. This is the position of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. We have been placed into union with His full adult sonship. This is the glorious principle known as “adoption.”

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons (Galatians 4:5).

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15).

This wonderful reality is often missed because of the more modern usage of the word “adoption.” We think of taking someone from outside the family and making them a member. This is not the scriptural concept; rather it is that of placement of one into a full-adult sonship position.

The word translated as “adoption” is the Greek word huiothesia. This is Strong’s Greek Lexicon #5206 meaning the “placing as a son,” i.e., “sonship,” or son-placing.

It is defined by A.E. Knoch (1874-1965), as:

Sonship, literally son-placing, the station in life accorded a son … (Babe, Child, Sonship, and Firstborn)

C.I. Scofield (1843-1921) says regarding this:

Adoption is the act of God whereby children of God redeemed by Christ are made adult sons, whose full manifestations as such awaits the resurrection. (The Scofield Bible Correspondence Course, 1907, Vol. III, page 412).

Of course the world does not yet know who we are. Our sonship has been completely hidden from them at this time, but one day we will be made manifest. In the resurrection God will reveal to all of creation who His sons are. This will be my glorious coronation day.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation [disclosure] of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).

Until our manifestation as “the sons of God,” the rest of God’s creation doesn’t know who we are. As we walk through our life, the circumstances will not reflect our true identity. In fact, we are not exempt from all the apparent vanities of this dark-land. We have our share of the dark-side – suffering, pain, discouragement, difficulties, weariness, pressure, and the like – but we are not defined by their details. Although we’re beckoned to the contrary on every side, we have a higher life – the high-life from above, from the light-land, the light-side of divine life – in which we are called to walk within this radiant light as our Father’s full-grown, adult sons.

As we go through the various details of our earthly lives, let’s not forget who we really are. Let us remember our divine calling and position as God’s full-grown sons, and live therein as our day-by-day, moment-by-moment focus.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook


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