Sons and Daughters of God

“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!

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A Few Questions to Ask While You Read Your Bible…

When you read your Bible, are you asking questions of the text to develop a greater understanding of what the writers are conveying? Remember, our goal is to know what the text means, not “what does it mean to me?” Quite frankly, what it means to you is of no value. When reading the Bible, we must know what the text is communicating to us because we are learning what God is communicating to us. One of the most effective ways to understand the Bible is by asking questions while you read. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Who is involved? Who is speaking? Who is acting?
  • When did this event take place (what day of week, what hour of the day, relationship to some other event)?
  • Where did the action take place (what city, what specific location such as a home or on a mountain, etc.)?
  • What took place?
  • What sin is presented that I should forsake?
  • What command is given that I should obey?
  • What promise has God made?
  • Why did this event take place?
  • How did the event occur?
  • How do I put the principles taught in the passage into practice?

If you like to journal, or would like to start journaling through your Bible reading, why not use these questions to get started? I guarantee you’ll immediately find yourself enjoying and understanding the Scriptures more than you ever have before.