“But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the place of a son. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba! Father!”
This has been in my thoughts a lot the last week or so. It’s amazing to know that God himself put’s the Spirit of his Son in our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!” I’ve found a whole new way of seeing the Father open to me as the last couple of months have ticked along, and I am seeing how essential our identity as sons really is.
As I’ve mentioned before, if home is where the Father is, and wherever the Father is there is home, then it’s essential for us to live as sons. It’s the intention of I Am that we live as sons, with all the rights and authority that brings.
This morning while getting ready I had the phrase “Those who are willing to receive him” in mind. This reminded me that John says,
“But as many as received him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
This is all about receiving. We cannot obtain this oneness with the Father through any means other than receiving the One the Father gives, Jesus himself.
As it says,
“You have received the Spirit of sonship in which we are crying Abba! Father!”
And, to follow from that,
“The Spirit itself is witnessing to the spirit of us that we are children of God.”
So, there is nothing we can achieve or do to make us sons. Which in a way is quite comforting! We are sons if we receive the One the Father gives, whose Spirit witnesses to our spirit that we are sons.
Speaking in an earthly sense, I am a son. But when I was born, I didn’t have the consciousness I was a son. I didn’t know and understand what it was to be a son.
But at some point, my Dad told me, firstly, who he was, and then who I was, and I had the consciousness to receive that, believe him and receive him as such, but also to receive myself, my identity. I believed that I had been created of him, and there is something in me that says, “Yes, he is my Dad and I am his son.”
This is how it is with our heavenly Father. We receive him as such because he tells us who he is and who we are. Not because we have worked out that he is, or that someone else has told us that he is, but he himself tells us that he is our Father by giving us the Spirit of his Son, and in doing that he tells us who we are.
I would never have known my Dad was my Dad if he had not told me he was. Other people may have told me he was, but unless he tells me, there is no confirmation in me that he is my Dad and I am his son. I might say he is, but there would always be doubt within me. It’s only through him telling me that he is my Dad and that I am his son, and me receiving and believing that, that I know it is true.
And so the Father gives the Spirit of his Son to say to us “I am your Father and you are my son.”
Jesus heard the Father saying to him, “I am your Father, and you are my Son.” Have we heard the Father saying that to us? Have we received the Spirit of his Son, which cries within us, “Abba! Father!” and confirms to us who he is and who we are?
We’re always looking for the keys to unlock everything. It’s receiving. Do we want a secure identity? Receive the One the Father gives, whose Spirit witnesses to our Spirit that we are sons. Want to live like a son? Receive the One, and we receive the right to be sons.
There is no point me going around saying “He is my Father and I am his son” if I don’t know I’m a son and I won’t receive the One the Father gives. If I don’t have that witness within me, that witness of the Father telling me that “I am your Father and you are my son,” then no amount of prayer or confession will achieve a status of sonship. It is completely and utterly through me receiving what the Father tells me through Jesus that I am a son of the Father.
In John 6, the disciples are going across the Sea of Galilee in a boat without Jesus, a storm arises, and Jesus comes to them and says, “don’t be afraid, it is I.” And it then says,
“Then they willingly received him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”
There is an immediacy in willingly receiving Jesus, to then getting to where we are going. If our destination is to be a son of the Father, then receiving Jesus will bring us to that destination, immediately. The Spirit of the Son witnesses to us that we are sons.
I must simply receive the One, receive the Spirit of sonship and hear for myself the Father telling me who he is and who I am, and then be secure in my identity as a son of the Father. So that I can say, as the author of Jesus, The Inner Spring so brilliantly puts it,
“God is my Father, and I am his son.”
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