For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom. 8:29 nkjv)
God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory.… So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. (Heb. 2:10–11 nlt)
By the new birth, we participate in the sonship of Jesus Christ. That sonship includes the Son’s unique relationship to His Father. In Matthew 11:27, Jesus makes a bewildering statement. He says that “no one knows the Father except the Son.”
In light of this statement, how can you and I know the Father? The answer: Jesus Christ in His infinite grace and mercy has given to you and me His exclusive relationship with His Father. When we received eternal life, we received the same relationship that the Son has with the Father.
One of Paul’s favorite phrases is “in Christ.” He uses it (or its equivalent) 164 times in the New Testament. According to Paul’s gospel, God has placed every Christian “in Christ” (Eph. 1:4–6; 1 Cor. 1:30).
Christ is the object of God’s overwhelming passion. Because we are in Christ, we are the objects of that same overwhelming passion. We are the objects of God’s loving heart.
The praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Eph. 1:6 nkjv)
Jesus Christ is God’s Beloved. Because we are in Christ, we too are God’s beloved. For this reason, Paul often addresses the Lord’s people by the endearing term “beloved.” He uses the word some thirty times in his epistles.
Point: You are God’s beloved. You are the object of His supreme affection. God the Father loves you just as much as He loves His Son. “You love them as much as you love me,” were the words of Jesus to His Father (John 17:23 nlt). Your sonship is that authentic and that real.
Have you ever wondered if God loves you? That’s the wrong question. The right question is, “Does God love Christ?” If the answer is yes, then you can rest assured that He loves you also. Why? Because you are inseparable from Christ. If you are in Christ, you cannot help but be loved by the Father, enraptured by Him, and the object of His undying love.
This truth is quite difficult to hold in our minds. Consequently, it is one of the tasks of a local Christian community to remind its members of these realities (2 Peter 1:12–13, 15; 3:1).
Continue Reading the Book ‘From Eternity To Here’ – by Frank Viola – Pages 250-251