For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)
God so loved us that He gave us His only begotten Son. God gave humanity the Gift of His Son. There are two aspects of this Gift of the Son. The first aspect is noted in John 3:16 above. God gave Jesus to us as a Gift so that He could go to the cross, die for our sins and give us eternal life. Jesus is a Gift to the world in this sense. However, this is only the beginning of this Truth. There is a second aspect of this Gift that is more subtle and not so well recognized.
Paul says in Galatians 3:27:
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27 KJV)
He says we have put on Christ as our clothing, or in simple words as our identity. You will find this mystery revealed throughout the New Testament, especially in the Pauline episodes with the phrase “in Christ.” God has given us the Gift of His Son not only as Jesus doing some work for us but as His Son becoming our new identity. That is, God has given us His Son as our new state of being, existence, and living. We have been brought into the privileges of being the Son! The Father sees you as He sees the Son and you have the very nature and life of the Son. Your greatest identity in the world is not your nationality, profession, family lineage, race, etc. You are a child of God, though it might sound very simple!
What are the two aspects of the Gift of the Son as described above.
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As believers, we have all received Jesus as our Saviour and Lord–the first aspect of this Gift. However, not many of us have received the Gift of being and living as the Son. That is where the glory lies. Creation is waiting for the manifestation of these sons (Rom. 8:19). Grow to the fullness of Christlikeness!
Thank the Lord for His wonderful Gift!