Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

SONSHIP

                          Sonship

                                       August 10, 2014

 

 

 

 

Galatians 4:3-7 NKJV

 

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

 

The distancing of ourselves from God is a product of man’s consumption with the affairs of this life. We begin to see our creator as more of a taskmaster and a landlord rather than a loving father and provider.

 

Until we understand the concept of “sonship”, we cannot fully grasp our true identity as a joint heir with Christ. We cannot appreciate the familial relationship that was also purchased for us at the cross.

 

God the Father desires to draw us in, not to a distanced association, but into a deep running father-son relationship that defies the normal dynamic of worldly thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

Sons are heirs

 

 

Romans 8:15-17 NKJV

 

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

 

As Jesus poured into his disciples, he continually reiterated the theme that these people he chose from all walks of life were not simply part of a blind study in human behavior, but integral parts of a plan for God to restore relationship to his place in man’s life.

 

 

Here in Romans 8, we see Paul mention a spirit of bondage. Bondage is not a dynamic of a family relationship, but that of slave and owner.  In fact, here we are told that there is an adoption that takes place, putting us in a father/son relationship with God that causes us legitimacy and honor.

 

An heir is part of the dynamic that creates several interesting points. One, that you have entitlement to a name...you have a definite identity. Two, you are not destitute. You are given place to a specified portion of the assets of that family.  Three, you no longer are given the treatment of an employee or a bondservant, but yours is a place at a family table...You eat with the family, not at an out building. And four, there is a legal involvement that makes you inalienable. Just as you are able to be excluded from a club or organization...this spirit of adoption makes you an indelible personality within this family.

 

 

Sons are vested

 

 

Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

When the owner of a property walks the grounds of that place, he does not walk it as on eggshells. He is not ever feeling a sense of owing, but ownership.

That is the place in which our God has us walk according to our sonship relational dynamic as our Father. We do not tread the land in fear, but we sit on the sofas and nestle into the cushions. We are home.

 

 

Being chosen as sons is far different than what man has come to believe of his relationship with God. Tradition has sold us an “arm’s length” relationship that has created all kinds of problems. As time marched on, man distanced himself farther and farther until the connection became almost business level.

God’s best for us is not to cause us to cower in his presence, but feel confident that we may approach him and allow him to instill us with confidence that we are a part.

 

A company owner does not walk into the plant or the office feeling like he is not supposed to be there. He has sufficient evidence of ownership and involvement that he walks and carries himself as an owner. When the Lord spoke to Joshua and told him that “Every place upon which his foot would tread would be given to him”, that meant that he was given ownership, entitlement, free reign, ability, authority, and even grace for his goof ups.

 

 

Sons are accountable

 

Hebrews 10:23-25 NKJV

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one  another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

 

With ownership comes accountability.  Sons are not simply squatters or renters...they are not charity cases...they are owners...and owners are accountable.

God’s accountability is not one of property management, but of personal inventory. Our jobs as believers and sons is to continually and consistently be a part of the responsibility of maintaining the community.  To cherish and nurture this relationship places upon each of us the expected burden to be encouragers...

 

Master/slave relationships are not giving relationships. They are taking relationships.  The entitlement mentality we see ravaging our nation today is and has been perpetrated and sustained by the lie that someone owes you something.  Scripture tells us that we are to owe no man anything but to love him. As sons we are bound in duty to be givers. We give of ourselves and in so doing, we continue in the personality of our Heavenly Father who has given us every good and every perfect gift.

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