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Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Twelve – Complete In Christ

LEARNING TO BE A SON

CHAPTER TWELVE

COMPLETE IN CHRIST

If we are truly the sons and daughters of God, how can we ever attain the high standard Jesus set for us? Take heart! God views us from His perspective as already complete in Christ. God guarantees that what He began, He will finish.

What has He done?

  • He guaranteed the success of the venture because of the power of the cross. It is His will that we be made holy.
  • He cannot fail because of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that He would not only be with us – He would be in us to apply all the effects of the cross in our lives.

Both Paul and Peter confirmed this in their letters. They knew what they were talking about because both of them had started badly but, because of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, they experienced the transformation that the Holy Spirit brought about in them.

From God’s point of view, the work is complete but we must respond or nothing will change. Our response is to believe Jesus’ words and obey His teaching. This is the way to increasing freedom from the power of sin in our lives and increasing likeness to Jesus, our elder brother.

It is our responsibility to maintain the link, the spiritual “umbilical cord” with God through faith, submission and obedience to Him. As we trust Him, so He works in us to recreate us into the image of our Creator.

Now we must become what we are, sons and daughters of God.

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Eleven – The Father’s Business

LEARNING TO BE A SON

CHAPTER ELEVEN

THE FATHER’S BUSINESS

At the age of twelve, Jesus already knew that He was about the Father. His sojourn in the temple after His parents had set off home, had left the religious sages amazed at His understanding and His questions.

From the beginning of time, God was writing His story, and regardless of the intervention of sin, He continued to write, including the revelation of His mercy to sinners. His story climaxed in the revelation of Himself through His Son. Jesus came to reveal the true nature of the Father and to do His business on earth, to establish His kingdom in the hearts and in the society of His people.

He would restore His wayward people to Himself through His Son’s perfect life and sacrificial death so that, through them His kingdom would come on earth and He would be glorified through His redeemed people and His restored creation.

Since we have explored the meaning of sonship and how we relate to the Father as His sons and daughters, it is time to ask what our role is in His story and how we carry out that role as citizens of God’s kingdom.

God created us to have fellowship with Him and to reign over the earth as His vice-regents. Satan lied to the first pair, convincing them that he was in charge and that he could call the shots. They fell for his ruse and became slaves to his tyranny. Jesus exposed his lie and defeated him at the cross, cancelling our debt and freeing us from slavery to him.

Jesus showed us how to interpret and live in obedience to God’s instructions, contained in the Torah, His directions for living the best life. He also gave us access to the Father so that we can approach Him directly through Jesus, our high priest and no longer through human priests and animal blood.

Prayer is much more than talking to a deity, like pagan so-called “prayer”. True prayer is the right of sons and is our way of communicating with the Father. Why should we communicate with Him?  We communicate with Him for fellowship and directions for carrying out our mandate to manage the earth for Him.

Jesus was the model of true prayer. He had fellowship with the Father and received His instructions for carrying out the Father’s will. His testimony was that He obeyed the Father implicitly in everything. He gave His disciples a simple pattern to guide them in their praying – what we call “the Lord’s Prayer”.

He warned His disciples not to model their prayers on the hypocrites who prayed to gain the attention and approval of people, or the pagans who babbled to gain their god’s attention. We are to relate to God as a Father who knows our needs before we ask Him.

His pattern directed His disciples’ attention away from themselves and their needs and problems,and towards the Father who is everywhere and as close to them as their breath. They did not need to inform Him, advise Him or persuade Him to come into their situation. He was already there and fully aware of every detail. They were to recognise that is was God, their Father and the Creator and Ruler of the universe, “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and forgiveness”, to whom they turned. Their primary focus was to be on His kingdom, not on themselves and their needs.

They were to be concerned, first of all with their inner lives and God’s rule over their hearts so that they would be the agents through whom His kingdom would come on earth. Jesus, the living Word, was to be their daily bread, through the written word, feeding and nourishing their souls, like the manna in the wilderness that came from heaven to meet their daily needs.

They were to keep short accounts with people if they wanted to keep short accounts with God and to remember that they were their own worst enemy. They were to recognise and seek God’s strength to overcome the pull of their own selfish and greedy natures.

It was the will of God, above everything else that they were to seek and to do. The first step in knowing God’s will is to give Him complete charge over our bodies (Rom. 12: 1-3) and to renew our minds through the Word so that our lives will measure up to God’s requirements. With bodies and minds under the control of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to discern and approve God’s perfect will.

The purpose of prayer, then, is to have access to the Father so that we can partner with Him in managing the earth for Him and doing His will on earth. Our needs and concerns must fit into His story, not His story be directed by ours.

This is the true nature of a son – to be in submission and obedience to the Father so that we can serve Him and conduct His business on earth.

Summary of the Lord’s Prayer

Abba, Daddy, my source and the one to whom I belong, I turn away from my circumstances                       and become aware of you. You are here, all around me and as near to me as my breath. I                      honour you as holy by my words and my life.

May your just and benevolent rule come and may I be a part of bringing heaven to earth by                   doing your will, not mine, wherever I can and in whatever way I can so that those around me may see you in my life.

Feed me every day on Jesus, the living Bread.

Let me be merciful to those who offend me by cancelling their small debts, just as you have                been merciful to me by cancelling the huge debt I owed you.

Do not allow me to be pushed to the limit of my confidence in you either by severe trials or by alluring temptations, because you know how weak I am, and how strong my sinful flesh is.                      

Save me from the anguish of my own self-destruction.

 

 

 

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Seven – The Disposition Of A Son

CHAPTER SEVEN

The Disposition of a Son

Those who are citizens of the kingdom of God, disciples of Jesus, reveal their citizenship, their connection to Jesus as His devout followers by the disposition they manifest. Those who are led by the Spirit, (not those who claim to be disciples of Jesus) are the children of God.

We are to imitate the disposition of Jesus, who was the perfect Son of the Father. He displayed seven characteristics of a true son:

  1. A son must be teachable.

Although Jesus was a son, as a human being He had to learn to be a son. He had to learn obedience by what He suffered so that He could be the perfect substitute for man and the perfect sacrifice for sin.

A son does not know everything. A son does not question his father’s authority.

  • A son must learn the ways of God.
  • A son must learn the Word of God.

He must have the mind of Christ which was the mind of a son – humility and service. Although he is not a slave, it is his duty to serve his father.

  • A son must learn obedience.
  • A son must learn the fear of the Lord.

 

  1. A son must be trainable.

Jesus was trained by the Father to trust Him in every situation and not act on His own initiative by being exposed, first of all to the devil’s temptations in the wilderness.

  • A son must be trained in righteousness

2.1.1. God uses hardship to train us

2.1.2. He uses the Scriptures to train us.

 

  • A son must be trained in godliness
  • A son must be trained to distinguish good from evil.

 

  1. A son must be trusting.

Jesus did not have a natural bent towards mistrust like we do. We have to learn to secure ourselves to God who is steadfast and will never be unreliable.

 

  1. A son must be trustworthy.

Jesus was trustworthy throughout all the adversities he experienced. It is one thing to trust God, but can He trust is to be faithful to Him and to His instructions?

 

  1. A son must be truthful.

We must learn to play open cards with God. We can hide nothing from Him but He wants us to walk in the light with Him. We must take ownership of our sins and failures and not pass the buck.

 

  1. We must be transparent.

Jesus was secure in His relationship with the Father. He had nothing to prove and nothing to defend.

 

Just as a son must be open with God, so we must be transparent in our relationships with people. We can be ourselves; we don’t have to wear masks with one another.

 

  1. A son must be thankful.

Jesus was a happy person because He was a grateful son. Gratitude is an expression of love to the Father. When we are secure in the Father’s love, as He was, we have reason to be continually thankful because God is always good.

Have you read my first book, Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing)? You’ll love it!

ISBN: Softcover – 978-1-4828-0512-3,                                                                              eBook 978-4828-0511-6

Available on www.amazon.com in paperback, e-book or kindle version or order directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com.

My second book, Learning to be a Disciple – The Way of the Master (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing), companion volume to Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart, has been released in paperback and digital format on www.amazon.com.

To order your 0wn copy of either book, contact

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Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Four – The Disposition Of The Son

CHAPTER FOUR

The Disposition of the Son

Moses was up the mountain, pleading with God to forgive Israel for breaking the covenant. He requested to see God’s glory and God responded by revealing His name – gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness. Since it was the Father’s representative on earth, the second person of the Trinity who met with Moses, the revelation of His disposition on Mount Sinai indicated what His disposition would be as a human being on earth.

As we follow Jesus through the pages of the gospels, we read the record of how He lived out His disposition as the Messiah whom the Father sent to reveal His true nature to His people. Jesus made enemies of the religious leaders because they did not like His exposure of their ungodly lives which they covered up by their strict adherence to their interpretations and additions to God’s directions for living.

Jesus taught His disciples and demonstrated to His people how to interpret the Torah as God intended. They were to be generous and merciful to all people because God was always merciful and generous towards them. As a rabbi, He had the right to teach them His “yoke” His interpretation of the Torah according to God’s intention. He invited people to take His yoke and learn from Him because He was gentle and humble in heart. His yoke would release them from bondage to the yoke of the other rabbis which was a straightjacket of rules and regulations, and bring them into God’s true rest.

Jesus also enraged the religious leaders because of His claim to be the Son of God. Both the testimony of the Father and the works He did bore witness to who He was, but the religious leaders refused to examine the evidence. They repudiated His claims and looked for a way to get rid of Him.

Jesus did not only claim unity with the Father and sonship – He lived it out as a submissive and obedient Son. His relationship and fellowship with the Father give us the clue to the “password” which allows us access to all that the Father has given us through Jesus. It is only because we have the rights as sons and daughters of God that we can approach the Father in prayer and receive from Him everything we need to live godly lives in this world as followers of Jesus.

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Have you read my first book, Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing)? You’ll love it!

ISBN: Softcover – 978-1-4828-0512-3,                                                                              eBook 978-4828-0511-6

Available on www.amazon.com in paperback, e-book or kindle version or order directly from the publisher at www.partridgepublishing.com.

My second book, Learning to be a Disciple – The Way of the Master (Copyright © 2015, Partridge Publishing), companion volume to Learning to be a Son – The Way to the Father’s Heart, has been released in paperback and digital format on www.amazon.com.

To order your 0wn copy of either book, contact

Toll free – 0800 990 914 (South Africa)

orders.africa@partridgepublishing.com

www.partridgepublishing.com/africa  or

+44 20 314 3997 (outside South Africa)

ISBN: Hardcover – 978-1-4828-0891-9                                                                                     Softcover 978-1-4828-0890-2                                                                                                              eBook 978-1-4828-0889-6

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Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Two – Jesus The Model Son

CHAPTER TWO

Jesus the Model Son

Before the Father created His human son and daughter, He had a blueprint, His own Son who was designated to become the Son from the beginning of creation.

But when did Jesus become the Son? As the second person of the Trinity before His incarnation, He was equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Intrinsic to God’s plan was the voluntary self-emptying of the second person of the Trinity in order to become the Son. He had to be a perfect model of the son that Adam failed to be in order to be a perfect substitute for mankind when He sacrificed His life on the cross to pay man’s debt of sin.

It was He who interacted with His people before His incarnation, revealing Himself first to Abraham and the patriarchs, and to Moses. It was He who led them through the wilderness and spoke to His people through the prophets. He finally came in person to represent and reveal the Father so that His people would know who the Father really was.

Through the dynamic language of the ancient Hebrew people, which was expressed through action rather than abstract thoughts, He revealed Himself as the one who had strength and authority and who nourished them as a nanny goat would nourish her kid. As the Son of God, He would “continue the house’, and teach those who followed Him to do the same.

As a true Son, He lived in perfect union, submission and obedience to the Father even to His death on the cross.

It was this model that the Father chose for the human beings He created to follow because He designed the human race to live in union with Him and in harmony with one another as a family, and in harmony with the created world over which we were to rule in obedience to Him.

God had already made provision for Adam’s failure before the creation of the universe He would sent the second person of the Trinity, who would become the Son to rescue mankind from destruction and restore us to fellowship with Himself through the life and death of the Son.