Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
1 John 3:1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
John 8:35 – Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
Today, we will be exploring the difference between ‘Sons’ and ‘Slaves.’ In the above Scripture, the word ‘son’ is used and daughter is not mentioned. This is not because God disregards women or is gender biased. The reason for emphasising sons is because of inheritance. When the Bible was written, issues of inheritance in that time, concerned children referred to as sonship. It means that it includes the female without gender separation. That is why in the Bible, we are all called sons of God so that both male and female can be equal partakers of God’s inheritance. It is actually more discriminatory in the Bible times if you differentiated between sons and daughters when talking about inheritance. By differentiating, you single out the daughters and deprive them of any rights to their father’s inheritance.
Some of God’s children don’t relate to Him as their daddy. They relate to Him as the Creator, King, mighty God, Judge, Master and the list goes on and on. While God is all of these, His greatest title and role in the life of every Christian is His role as the ‘Father.’
To magnify any of His other roles in your life more than His role as a Father is to deprive yourself of major privileges and the fullness of the comprehension and manifestation of His love in your life. Sadly, a large percentage relates to God mainly as Master and they put themselves unknowingly in the class of slaves. Yes, in one light we are servants of God because we chose to serve Him out of love but our most important role and position is that of ‘Son.’ Every other role and position is inferior to this. Your role as a son of God supersedes all your other roles, yet that is the least explained and appropriated.
Adam, the first man, was not referred to as a creature or servant of God, though he was; He was referred to as the Son of God (Luke 3:38). Jesus, our perfect example, was referred to and is still referred to by God as His beloved Son (Mark 1:11). So, it is in our best interest in light of our inheritance to see ourselves as sons that our Father God loves unconditionally.
The following are some of the differences between Sons and Slaves:
|have inheritance.||have no inheritance.|
|call out to their father.||call out to their master.|
|are free.||are bound.|
|are corrected for mistakes made.||are punished for mistakes made.|
|have dominion.||are dominated.|
|have rights and privileges.||have no rights and privileges.|
|are owners.||are commodities owned.|
|have authority.||have no authority.|
|have favour.||have fear.|
|identity – sons are slave owners.||identity – slaves own nothing.|
Through Christ, we have been adopted into the family of God, but we need to believe and receive our new identity and hold fast to it. It is the understanding of God’s love for you that helps you come into the fullness of your identity. So, begin to renew your mind in light of sonship and not slavery.
For Further Study: John 8:35, Luke 3:38
Questions for Reflection: Do you know who you are? What is your inheritance?
Personal Declaration: I am a son of God and I know my inheritance. I switch my thinking to that of God’s son and never a slave.