Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Importance of the Sonship

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
In Matthew 16:13-14  The Bible says, "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." (See also Mark 8:27-28 and Luke 9:18-19) This was not a test question but a prelude to the next question. In Matthew 16:15, "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?" Apostle Peter's response was heaven inspired when he, "...answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus Christ was indeed, "the Son of the living God."

In John 14:3-7 The Lord said to Peter and to the rest of the disciples, "...whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." The Lord Jesus is the only way to the Father. To the carnal mind what the Lord was saying is a divine mystery, How can Jesus, the Son of God say to the disciples that they saw the Father when they saw Jesus? But to a simple Bible believer it s no mystery at all. Jesus said in John 10:30, "I and My Father are One." I know that those who believe there are multiple persons in God say that He meant one in unity and purpose but that is not what He said. 

To the Jews, His hearers, it was no mystery either as to what He had said or meant, for in John 10:31-33 the Bible says, "...Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." The wonder was He was God who made Himself man. The Bible says in 1st Timothy 3:16, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." Apostle Paul was saying that the God of Israel had come in the person of the Lord Jesus, the Son of the living God.

The great mystery of godliness is that the incomprehensible God, who is a spirit, made Himself known to mankind in His Son, Jesus Christ. In the Bible we read, "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." (See Hebrews 2:16-18) The Bible says in James 1:13, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man..." Yet of the Lord Jesus the Bible says in Hebrews 4:15, "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." I remember as a new Christian saying to my late brother Joe, that I did not believe that it was possible for the Lord Jesus to sin. His reply to me that day was "If He could not have sinned, He couldn't be tempted to sin!" That made perfect sense to me.

Which brings me to my point. Jesus was God manifested in the flesh. As God, He could not sin or be tempted to sin but as man, (have you ever wondered why He referred to Himself as the Son of Man) He was able and could indeed sin. The Bible declares in Hebrews 4:15b that He "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin," and in 2nd Corinthians 5:21, God "hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." He could have sinned but He did not! The Bible declares that 1st Peter 2:21-25, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."

Friend of mine, we were not only capable of sin but David said in Psalm 51:5, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." We were sinners from birth. Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 2:3, "...we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." We inherited our sinful nature from our father, Adam. (See Romans 5:12)  The Lord Jesus, who the Bible says "knew no sin," was made sin for us that you and I, who were sinners by nature, "might be made the righteousness of God in him." I am made to think of that song written so many years ago by Brother G.T.Haywood entitled "Jesus the Son of God." the chorus goes as follows;
     O sweet Wonder!
     O sweet Wonder!
     Jesus the Son of God;
     How I adore Thee!
     O how I love Thee!
     Jesus the Son of God.
If you have never repented of your sins, if you have never put your trust and faith in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, let me encourage you to do so today. The Lord Jesus loves you with an unutterable love and He will accept your sincere repentance. Find someone to baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ, the only name that can save you from your sins, and God has promised to fill you with His spirit just like He did on the Day of Pentecost. (See Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:38 and Acts 4:12)

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