A Thousand Splendid Sons

12 03 2009


I’m fascilitating a training on Sonship tonight and I’m consistently amazed at how hard it is for me to receive this identity.  But this is what makes sense of everything.  It explains why Christ came for us and why we must train disciples.  Watchman Nee said it best in the Normal Christian Life when he wrote –

God is seeking full-grown sons; but He does not stop even there. For He does not want His sons to live in a barn or a garage or a field; He wants them in His home; He wants them to share His glory. That is the explanation of Romans 8:30: “Whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Sonship—the full expression of His Son—is God’s goal in the many sons. How could He bring that about? By justifying them and then by glorifying them. In His dealings with them God will never stop short of that goal. He set Himself to have sons, and to have those sons, mature and responsible, with Him in glory. He made provision for the whole of Heaven to be peopled with glorified sons. That was His purpose in redemption.

So what is the purpose of my life – it is the same Christ’s purpose – to “bring many sons to glory.”  The greatest thing that could be said about the fruitfulness of one of God’s children is that his life resulted in a thousand splendid sons.



3 responses

19 03 2009

I just found your blog throgh Brink’s blog. I can’t believe the first post I come to is on sonship. This is really what I have been wrestling with for a while. I have been contemplating the far reaching consequences of the doctrinal teaching of “original sin”.

Original sin assumes that not everyone is a child of god. By the statement you made above regarding the reason Christ came for us, I am assuming you would not agree with that doctrine.

Please elaborate.

23 03 2009

Hey Chris,

No, given what Jesus said to a group in John 8:28ff I think it’s safe to say few are God’s children. I agree with the doctrine of original sin.

The purpose of salvation is not merely to forgive our sins but to bring mature sons into glory.

23 03 2009

How do you mean “few” are God’s children? The passage seems to say that whoever follows his teachings is a son, and whoever doesn’t is a slave.

Or you could read it and come away that none of us can be children because all of us sin. Right?

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