The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
30. The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
With the birth of the Son Who was begotten by the Holy Spirit God became the Father of all His sons and daughters that He adopted. That is the whole purpose of the plan of salvation; that was His intention. The created son — Adam — was disobedient and became a child of death. And all the descendants of Adam are children of death. Everyone knows it: Nothing in life is as certain as death. The begotten Son, the second Adam, was obedient until death on the cross. He has accomplished redemption and is the mediator between God and men who brought reconciliation. He suffered death in order to overcome it. He rose triumphant as the great Conqueror over death, hell and Satan.
It is written, »And it shall come to pass that, in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there shall they be called the sons of the living God.« (Rom. 9: 26; Hos. 2: 23).
The manifestation in the Son had the highest purpose, that we in Him were made the sons and daughters of God. From the single Redeemer, »I will be his father, and he shall be my son« (2 Sam. 7: 14; Heb. 1: 5), to the plural of the redeemed, »… and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.« (2 Cor. 6: 18). The same Holy Spirit through Whom the Son was begotten, creates the new life of God in us through the new birth (1 Jn. 5: 4). The Son of God is the firstborn of many brethren, in Him the relationship of Father–child was established. Therefore He could say, »But go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.« (Jn. 20: 17).
God has accepted us in the Son. Therefore it is written, »For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory , to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren …« (Heb. 2: 10-12).
»… Having predestinated us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will« (Eph. 1: 5).
»For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.« (Rom. 8: 29 a. o.)