13th April 2012

Declaring The Children Of God

“Christ Jesus…who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead.”
Romans 1:1-4 (NIV UK)

Have you ever noticed how the Bible emphasises that Jesus is the Son of God? 

There are so many scriptures that discuss this. For example, in Isaiah 9:6 it is prophesized that a Son would be born. In Matthew 3:17 the Father’s voice announces that Jesus is his beloved Son. In Luke 1:32 Gabriel explains to Mary that her child would be “called the Son of the Most High”. Peter confesses that Christ is “the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). 

At the cross the centurion said of Christ, “Surely he was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). Was that the end? With his crucifixion was the Son of God now history? So many people have suffered unfair yet heroic deaths. Was Jesus just another of them? 

What happened next changed everything and everyone. As Paul wrote to the Romans, Jesus was once again declared to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. It was by no means over. The Father raised Jesus to be “the firstborn among the dead” (Colossians 1:18).  His resurrection gives hope to all of creation, including us. He continues to be the Son of God, and through him, our Elder Brother, we are the adopted children of God. 

It is because Jesus is the risen Son of God that John can write with certainty, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). 

Through the resurrected Son of God we are declared children of God! 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Peter 1:3).  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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