CALL ME SON
Eph. 1:3 ¶ 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,
When Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene outside of the garden tomb, Jesus referred to the Father as “My Father and your Father”. Have you ever really seen what it means to call God your Father? It is describing a place of intimacy, protection, and provision that is absolutely without measure. If God is my Father, what do I need to be worried about. I remember growing up how safe I felt being with my dad. To me, he was bigger than life. I felt safe, loved, and provided for. There was not a care in the world. My father loved me and had me covered. When I pray, I often start with “Our Father”. With this kind of relationship my life takes on a whole new meaning. He’s my Father, I am His son, His plans will be fulfilled in my life. Jonathan Edwards spoke about what he called the “society of the Father” that we have been called in to. We would call it fellowship with the Father. Check out Edwards thought about this beautiful relationship.
“How highly will you be exalted! There are two things that are wonderful in man’s redemption: one, that is that Christ should be abased in coming down to us; and another is that man should be so exalted in ascending up with Christ to God. When you are admitted into that blessed society, then you come to the fountain of happiness, indeed, to partake of that happiness of the Godhead. This consists in the infinitely sweet and glorious society of the persons of the Trinity. When Christ ascended up to his Father, it was not only in his own name. When he received the reward of his Father and head, it was attributed also to the redeemed members of his mystical body. If you have the favor of Christ, he that is his Father will be your Father, his God your God. Your nature as saints will be immediately from God, as his blessed children by a blessed affinity. This, above all other things, shows the height of the privilege the redeemed enjoy: to be treated as children of God, with the dear love and complacence of a Father. You will have God’s tenderness and pity, be instructed, protected, counseled, provided for, and received into his house to dwell with him. You will have fellowship with Christ, be his heirs, “Heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.”
I love what Edwards said, I have His happiness, tenderness, protection, counsel, and provision. I live my life in this place of safety. I can’t imagine going out on my own, taking my own life and needs in my own hands. This world is a dangerous place, I would never leave this safe place of sonship. I you are a son of God, take advantage of your privileges. How can you do that? Draw near to God, drink in His love and you will be well on your way.