Posted by: SandreS | August 10, 2009

God Who Spares Not His Own Sons

There is a method that the Father uses with His sons. It can be seen in His dealings with the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

He that spared not His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all (Romans 8:32).

The Father did not spare His Son.

He did not spare Him the normal processes of life. He did not spare Him the long, quiet, hidden life of preparation. He did not spare Him the process of growth.

And the Child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him (Luke 2:40).

He did not spare Him the religious antagonism of being His Son; the shame, ridicule, misunderstanding and mockery. He did not spare His own Son the denial, betrayal, disloyalty and forsaking of his closest companions.

By all of this the Father perfected His Son.

For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10).

Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation … (Hebrews 5:8-9).

So here is the principle: God does not spare His sons; He did not spare Joseph, He did not spare Job, He did not spare Daniel, He did not spare David.

He did not spare Paul. He was up front with him in this respect. Ananias told him “how great things he must suffer” (Acts 9:16).

God will not spare us either, for we, too, are His sons.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him Who has subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:19-23).

The world around us does not know our true identity. They do not know who we really are: the sons of God. This has been hidden from them. God does not spare us the normal details of life; but we do not do so alone, we endure them with a Father – the Father – and with the divine life of His Son living through us.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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