Jonathan points out how the Bible often uses two sons to contrast two ideas or responses, and challenges us to be children that say yes to the Father. Sam follows up by speaking about our identity as sons and not slaves, and how knowing "who we are and whose we are" will lead to what we are made to do.
Galatians 4:21-23 21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise.
Galatians 4:28-31 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
3) Access to all the riches
4) Attention from the Father (Only son)
5) Warfare against him from the OTHER son
TWO types of sons
Matthew 21:28-31 28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.
One said “YES” but didn’t repent - change his mind
One said “NO” but DID repent - change his mind
Two types of sons
Luke 15 - parable of prodigal
- Both given riches
- Neither valued relationship / friendship
- Both disregarded their inheritance
- Both lived in slavery
- One was set free & experienced True Sonship
Younger son needed to RETURN & REPENT
Older son needed to ASK & ENJOY
Is meant to be experienced WITH the Father – stewarding His unlimited resources while enjoying His friendship, counsel and extravagant love.
Romans 8:14 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Hosea 1:10 10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.”
Luke 15:11-32 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
Matthew 21:28-32 28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
Identity: The Central Issue of Sonship
Image: Word means resemblance, replica, shadow
Likeness: Means in order of or in line with
Dominion: Simply to subdue and rule
The original design of God reveals that:
1. Mans identity is being the image and likeness of God.
2. Man's mission is the dominion and rule over all creation.
Said another way:
1. Our "Being" is vital image bearing likeness/union with God
2. Our "Doing" is partnered subduing and ruling of the earth with God.
The first is what a son is, Image.
The second is what a son does, Rule.
The law of the created order is "Being proceeds Doing!"
Healthy and whole being manifests healthy and whole doing.
The enemy attacks us primarily around the area of identity.
The questioning of God's word led to the deception of identity in 3:5
The deceiving appeal is to the core of their identity to be like God
The insinuation is that they lack and are not already like God.
The false promise is that they can fulfill their God-given desires outside of God.
This is the essence of sin (the missing of the Glory of God), which always starts with a deceived identity and then leads to deceived actions.
Even with Jesus, before the temptation to wrong action was the question of identity.
If you are the Son of God is asked twice
The glory of God doing of sonship is dependent on the image of God being (identity) of sonship.
So beloved, the primary question is not "What will you do?" or even "Why are you doing?"
The primary question is, "Do you know who and whose you are?!?"
Are you getting rooted in who you are? This will lead to what you are made to do.
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