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03/03/13 – “Sonship in the Body of Christ” IV Part 2 – A Turning Point



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March 3, 2013


Sonship in the Body of Christ (Part 2), IV

(A Turning Point)

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March 3, 2013


Sonship in the Body of Christ (Part 2), IV

(A Turning Point)




  1. In any relationship, there comes a point where the son acquiesces into the design and pattern of the Father.
  2. Everything in the Kingdom of God is transferred through a sonship relationship.
  3. Son is not a gender reflective term but a universal term to qualify those mature enough to receive the blessing.   St. Matthew 6:9-10 (Parallel passage– St. Luke 11:1-2)



  1. Hebrews 12:1-9
    1. Bastard sons have fainted or fallen away from God’s direction in His word.



  1. Three stages of spiritual development (sonship) paralleled to the life of Jesus
    1. Infancy (teknion) – symbolized by Jesus’ manger birth; and circumcision on the 8th day.  Salvation is the infancy stage for the believer.
    2. Puberty (teknon) – symbolized by Jesus appearing in the temple at age of 12.  (Luke 2:40, 42, 49)
    3. Maturity (huios) meaning son placement lived out at Jesus’ water immersion in St. Matthew 3:16-17.
  2. Impacts of sonship (naturally)
    1. The father exclusively imparts into his son (infancy).
    2. The father and son evolve into close friendship which is evidence by the son’s kinship to the father’s viewpoint (puberty).
    3. The son begins to impart to the father and speaks on the father’s behalf (maturity).


  1.          I.            Mature sons comprises this new nation of people
    1. Genesis 12:1-3
      1. God needed to get Abram away from his natural surroundings to make a new nation through him.
      2. God is not attempting to detach us from our natural family or relationships but only our spiritual relationships can develop us into sons. Hence, the emphasis is highlighted on prioritizing Kingdom relationships.
      3. God will only give the world (land) to His sons.
      4. When we leave [everything], God becomes our Father and ultimate source.
      5. Romans 4:13
        1. God teaches Abram faith to inherit the world.
        2. Abram could not inherit the world as long as he was in his father’s house.
      6. Galatians 3:26-29
        1. Everyone saved, comes into the Kingdom as the children of God.  God only transfers His inheritance to the mature children who have become sons.
        2. In this new nation, inheritance is not based on precursors or restraints such as gender, race or ethnicity.
        3. In this new nation as Kingdom citizens, we operate by a set of principles that differs from the world.
        4. The Bible dictates these principles and frames our thinking to become sons.
        5. As a mature son, God becomes more than your Savior, He becomes your Lord and can now direct your destiny.
  2.         II.            St. Luke 15:11-32 (The prodigal son)
    1. The historical background to St. Luke 15:11-32 is found in Deuteronomy 21:15-21
      1. This ceremony known as the Qesesah tied the community to a family with a rebellious son.
      2. Sons must become mature to hear and obey their father’s voice.
      3. Both sons in this passage had maturity issues representative of the Body of Christ.
      4. Observations
        1. The younger son acted illegally. (verse 12)
        2. The father had to reverse the penalty of the Qesesah ceremony by covering the son to protect him from the villagers.  (verses 20-24)
        3. A spiritual father in a church has a responsibility to cover without condoning and condemnation.  Immature sons do not realize that the correction is in the covering.
        4. Maturity is seen in how we as the Body of Christ cover each other because all sons do not develop at the same level and time.
        5. The eldest son refusal to stand with the father exposed the family business and weaknesses.  (verses 25-32)
        6. If the eldest son was mature, he would have recognized that his relationship with his father was more important than the inheritance.
        7. In the Body of Christ, we cannot give ourselves excuses for bad behavior and forfeit our relationship with our Father.
        8. The family of God is as a man passing on his legacy to his sons (those mature enough to handle the blessing).
        9. The ability to come to yourself and repent is a distinction of maturity. This process distinguishes the younger son from the elder son and taps him as more mature.  (verse 17)

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