TRUTH: Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing


In the post TRUTH: We Have All Spiritual Blessings But One Is…, I wrote I am not trying to oversimplify spiritual blessings. They are too important for me to even think of doing that; however, I want you to see and know that without a relationship with Jesus Christ, it is impossible for you to have access to All Spiritual Blessings. You may be blessed with health, a great job, children, etc, but you will not have the top blessings, the blessings of all blessings that is to be united with God in relationship with Him through Jesus Christ who pronounces us holy and blameless in his sight.

Ephesians 1

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Again, we see from the text that Paul is pointing us to where praise should be directed – to God. Why? Because, God, through Christ, blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. The blessing I would like for us to consider today is the TRUTH: Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing. We know that much of the scripture is written in the masculine; however, it was intended and expected that we all know that God blesses both genders – men and women. We all readily accept that men and women are included in mankind. Likewise, Paul is addressing spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ. for men and women in the term sonship.

What is the blessing? TRUTH: Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing. Ephesians 1:5 states “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” He being God the Father. The KJV says, “the adoption of children”. The NKJV says “adoption as sons”. The ESV says “as sons”. The NASB says “adoption as sons”. Sonship speaks of a relationship where God becomes the Father of men and women. Again, Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing. We cannot become a child of God unless we receive a spiritual blessing. You may assert that all of mankind are God’s children. While that sounds nice and pampers our egos, that is not taught in the scriptures. 

We are taught that without Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. (Colossians 1:21). Without Christ, we are enemies of God. Furthermore, after the fall of man, mankind are not children of God by nature. Mankind only receives that honor and privilege through faith in Christ as a function of the pleasure of His will. This is stated clearly in John 1:12 which says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—” Children of God is a distinguished and deciding term as it applies God’s blessing. In the footnotes for adoption for Ephesians 1:5, we see the Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. I trust and pray that you see the TRUTH: Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing.

If you are not a child of God, you certainly are a creation of God. What is there to distinguish you from any other animal? Well, we know from Genesis that all mankind is made in the image of God, but that does not make us children of God. Guzik wrote “If we have no appreciation for spiritual blessing, then we live at the level of animals. Animals live only to eat, sleep, entertain themselves, and to reproduce. We are made in the image of God and He has something much higher for us, yet many choose to live at the level of animals. God wants us know every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” TRUTH: Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing.

How are you living, as a son or as an animal? God wants you to live in a manner where you are loving Him in obedience and being loved by Him. Have you surrendered your life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to become a child of God? Live the TRUTH: Sonship – A Spiritual Blessing.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: