Psalm 131:2 But I have stilled and quited myself. just as a small child is quite with its mother. Yes like a small child is my soul within me.(NLT)
John 1:12 But to as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those believed in His Name. (NAS)
Eph. 1:5 (In Love) He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will(NIV)
As we all brides of Christ, we are also all sons of God. Sons of the Father. As the Trinity is a Mystery of Faith, so then is this unique relationship that we have with Jesus. We share in the relationship as a bride and also are sons of the Father. And as the inheritance comes to the sons, we all are then called sons of God. The relationship as a son of God is in itself, threefold.
One; we are heirs of the most high God, granted His blessings as Jacob Israel granted blessings to his sons.
Two; we are the messengers of God, as Jacob sent Joseph to his brothers.
Three; we are God’s redeemers.
While we often acknowledge the first two, we are nor willing to realize the third. We sing often of being God’s children and refer to each other as brothers and sisters of Christ, but the concept of redeemer seems a bit much. Yet this was the joy of Jesus, that every thing that He did, we would do even more. When we offer the Salvation of Jesus to others, we are acting in the authority of Jesus. At these times we are the Voice of Reason that is Jesus’ When we say to another, “You are redeemed!” it is in the same authority of Jesus and His People are giving redemption all over the world just as if Jesus was speaking. This is why I have a great love for missions and christian works ministries. Through them the Redemption is offered to those who would not be able to realize it without those loving, serving sons of God.
It is as sons of God that we are to rejoice in the Love of God. It is as sons that we work in the Fields of the Lord, and not as hired hands. It is as sons we share in the Banquet Table and the food we eat and the water we drink is the love of Jesus. It is as sons that we love the Father(or it should be). So, if we are to be as wives to Jesus and Sons to the Father, what is our relationship to the Holy Spirit? It is as co-heirs in Promise. The Holy Spirit seals our covenant with God. Through the Holy Spirit we are keepers of the Promise.
It is as Keepers of the Promise (I have to be careful here because I don’t want to confuse you with the Promise Keepers Ministry), that we do the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus asks us to toil in the fields so that we can give others the joy of the Lord. As guardians of the Covenant, we are to express the Spirit of God and the Nature of Jesus in all things. We are to be Perfected in our Lovingkindness to all who seek the Salvation and the Marriage and Adoption of God as much as we do. We are separated from our mother, the world and her ways and joined as one with our Lord Husband Jesus, sharing in the inheritance of God’s Grace sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14).
When building the Brooklyn Bridge, it was discovered that the cable maker was cheating and many of the strands were weak. Because the designer of the bridge order forty times the amount actually needed to hold the bridge up, not only was the bridge safe for the traffic when it was built, it is still strong enough to hold up today’s traffic. The Holy Spirit is much like that. When He bonds us to Jesus, He takes our weaknesses and joins them to the strength of God’s Love and we are able withstand the pressures of the world and it’s crippling temptations. If you take the Joy of being a Bride of Christ, the Power of being a son of God and join them with the guarentee of Strength of the Holy Spirit, we are united as Family in the Wholeness of the Father. WE are singularly and collectively, Family of God. Now that is a Mystery of Faith.
If the church is the Bride of Christ and we are the Church, and if we are the sons of God the Father and co-heirs with Christ and bonded wit the Holy Spirit, why then do we unevenly yoke ourselves with the bickering and contention? If we are to be one
Family with the Father and the Son joined by the Holy Spirit, we must stop trying to compete with each other, and instead work for the greater Glory of God. We are to share the Home of God and work together to keep order as a Family of the Most High without complaint like competing little children, seeking approval by creating contention, one with the other. We should work as helpmates as husbands and wives should. We are to be loyal children, desiring to bring peace and order and cleansing to the whole church, the body of Christ.
It will not be until then that those who are not in the Family of God will see the great wonder of His Lovingkindness and the Mercy His has provided enough to want to be a part of it. As long as we act as a dysfunctional Family, rejecting a joint recognition of each other’s value, those outside the Family will reject Jesus and His forgiveness. Would you place a child into a damaged family, one known for its abuse and neglect? Of course not! Yet that is exactly what is happening when churches slam each other, ridicule and debase one another and pass judgment on their teachings. They are being told to join one part of the family but not to accept the whole Family, because they might be “bad” for you. Lovingkindness tells us that while we may find some family members to be uncomftable, we are still able to love them and give the peace to permit individual expression for the Glory of Christ’s Redemptive Graces for all He has called to be His.