The Father-Son description between the Godhead denotes intimacy and love as God chose to reveal Himself through that which He ordained, that is, the family. Wherefore, the family distinguishment is exclusively chosen by the Godhead to highlight closeness, knitness, compactness, and communion. The Father-Son designation is primarily spread abroad in the books of Matthew-Revelation, commonly known as the New Testament. For instance,
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by His prophets in the holy scriptures,) concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:”
~ Romans 1:1-4 ~
Among the hundreds of others, Ephesians includes Christians into this family dynamic when Paul writes,
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,”
~ Ephesians 3:14-15 ~
Moreover, the family identity tells not only of the deep love among the Godhead, now intertwined with justified man, it also exhibits the principle of inheritance. The Lord Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, but as the Son of God – the heir of God. Jesus speaking a parable against the rulers in Israel concerning Himself said this,
“But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on His inheritance.””
~ Matthew 21:38 ~
The blind guides of the blind vainly thought they could seize the inheritance of the Son. They simply thought that the heir come to lay claim on that which man built; however, to their demise He came to lay claim upon the souls of men.
Inheritance is a matter of the will and testament, the composition of all the goods in which the testator gives and leaves behind in the wake of death. The Lord Jesus Christ is the “heir of all things as stated in Hebrews.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;”
~ Hebrews 1:1-2 ~
Jesus Christ is declared to be the Son of God with power because through and by His death He inherited all things the Father purposed Him to possess. Wherefore, the inheritance of the Father through the death of Christ isn’t a fleshly, carnal, or worldly inheritance, not that which man built. The inheritance of the Father to Christ and by Christ is one of glory, eternal, ordained before the world, and powerful. The inheritance was granted, as all are, by death; however, the blessings of the inheritance are not of the nature which is before death. These blessings of the inheritance are in accord with His resurrection and prepared before the foundation of the world. All things have become new to work out the counsel of God!
Through the death, burial, and resurrection, that is, through Christ the Father adopts those that were once His enemies and makes them His own heirs.
“Wherefore thou are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
~ Galatians 4:7 ~
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.”
~ Romans 8:16-17 ~
By God’s grace in Christ, we, with Christ and by Christ, are heirs of the Father. The implications and ramifications of this truth are gut-wrenching, staggering, and ought to drop us to our knees, as it did Paul (Eph. 3:14). The fulness of Christ’s inheritance and the Father’s inheritance by Christ is set forth in Ephesians. In Ephesians chapter one we learn many details about this; however, look at how Paul begins the letter,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
~ Ephesians 1:3 ~
God is the Father of Christ and He in Christ Whom He has appointed heir of all things has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. The fundamental premise for understanding the spiritual blessings is in the Father-Son relationship. When we are enlightened to know Them (the Father-Son) we gain spiritual understanding to that which God has made Christ to be unto us. Praise be to God that in His counsel He purpose all in Christ, trusted it to Him, the Christ in faith to the Father carried out His will, and that we by faith have an inheritance in the inheritance of the Father in, by, and through Christ!
Josh Strelecki, Pastor-Teacher