“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2).
In this month’s book, Children of the Living God by Sinclair Ferguson, we are confronted with the beautiful reality of the Christian’s relationship to God as His sons and daughters. The doctrine of sonship is, as Ferguson points out, is highly neglected and yet vitally important to a right understanding of how we can and should relate to God as Christians. Referring to 1 John 3:1-2, Ferguson writes:
…what John was speaking about is life-transforming. It lies at the heart of understanding the whole of the Christian life and all of the diverse elements in our daily experience. It is the way – the the only way, but the fundamental way – for the Christian to think about himself or herself. Our self-image, if it is to be biblical, will begin just here. God is my Father (the Christian’s self-image always begins with the knowledge of God and who he is!); I am one of his children (I know my real identity); his people are my brothers and sisters (I recognize the family to which I belong, and have discovered my deepest ‘roots’).
The doctrine of sonship is that from which the beginning of the Ephesus Church mission statement is derived:
Ephesus Church is a family of faith…
We are brothers and sisters because we have been adopted by God into His family, because of what Christ our elder brother has accomplished on our behalf.
Christian, don’t sell yourself short – you are a child of the King!