When I think of all that the Father has taught me about sonship–both while I wrote my book and in recent days as I wrote my previous post–I’m so grateful and humbled. What a privilege to see the remarkable implications of what Christ opened up for human beings. Unbelievable that we are the many brothers of whom Christ is the firstfruit. He is the pattern of the new humanity, which can only enter sonship through the cross and blood of Christ.
I’m convinced that even believers who love the Lord and would otherwise be devoted to Him and making these truths known are so distracted that they don’t enter into these marvelous promises. Promises that allow us to share the divine nature with Father and Jesus, by means of the Holy Spirit.
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:3–4, ESV)
Look at the AMAZING richness the Holy Spirit is revealing through Peter. We have “all things” that pertain to this life we’ve been called to–and god-like-ness. How?
Through “the knowledge of Him who called us TO HIS OWN GLORY and EXCELLENCE (we’re to look like Him). Through understanding this, we enter into it more fully. Do you understand it? When the Lord helps a person to progress from saved sinner (which we all were/are) to friend (I no longer call you servants . . . ) to SONS, we become “partakers of the divine nature.” What a MIRACLE! We partake by believing the promises:
he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature
When once we realize the scope of what we’ve been invited into, how can we any longer chase the things of this world?
I’m through with lesser things.
Of course, this won’t win you lots of friends. Even other believers will think you have departed from their idea of Evangelical faith. When in reality, you are just now entering into the fullness of what God has made possible through Christ. After all, all this is by faith.
Faith is not of our own doing. It is a gift of God. That’s why I’m a humbled son. I could never have gotten myself to where I am today in my understanding and experience of sonship apart from the total love and grace of my Father. And by a willingness to be “led by the Spirit” because ALL who are led by the Spirit are the ‘sons of God.’ (Rom. 8.14)
My hope is that by sharing this, I may make someone jealous enough to hunger to seek after God with a whole heart. What he will lead you to is this great truth of sonship. After all, that’s why Christ died. And for those who have arrived at this understanding years before me, may the Lord confirm and strengthen you as you continue to help others to know their Father by your love and life. Our lives are now lived to secure God’s household and bring many sons to glory.
QUESTION: Where are you on the path to sonship?
©2011, David C Alves
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