Honouring the Son

cross-77999_640John 5:23: that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

It is only in the book of Psalms that we are given a window to who the son of God is in the Old Testament.

Psalm 2 says: kiss the son, lest you perish from the way when his anger is kindled but for a moment. There the father told the son, ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, the ends of the earth for your possession.

Everything was meant for the Son, he was not called the only begotten of the father for the fun of it. He is the inheritor of everything. Everybody was made by him and for him (Colossians 1:16).

People want to create religions and put the Son aside, and say they only recognise God the father. That is a fallacy. From the focus verse it is clear the Son is to be regarded as being on an equal footing with the father. Honouring the Son is intrinsic to the worship of God.  Jesus said: “I am the door,” he is the door to heaven where God is (John 10), every other door leads to destruction.

In the book of psalm again we read: the lord said to Lord said to my lord, sit on my right hand until I make your enemy your footstool (Psalm 110).

From that Jesus would ask the Pharisee, why did David called the Messiah Lord if he is his son (Matthew 22:42-45)? The message about the messiah was clear in the Old Testament, the anointed one, but what was not clear was that he will also be the Son of God, though it was hinted at. When Jesus showed up claiming that he was the Son of God, they wanted to stone him (John 10:31-33). That was a strange concept to the people in that time.

But John was be bold, saying that the messiah is the one who was God the word and the one who became flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:1-17). Jesus bore many titles, he was the embodiment of varying Old Testament prophecy, e.g. he was the Prophet spoken of by Moses (Acts 3:22-23), that whoever did not believe him will perish. Yes, Moses said that.

And to understand who Jesus is, is to understand who you are as you are his body, you are the embodiment of who he is just as he is the embodiment of the father.

James wrote that the word (which is Jesus) was our mirror, he reflects who we are (James 1:22-25). When each one comes to the mirror, you do not become like me or I become like you, you become like you, the you are envisioned by God, the you are  empowered by God as reflective of who God made you to be, who God is.

As we look to Christ we are changed into who he is, and into who we are meant to be. John said that we do not yet know how we will be, but when we see him, we will be like him (1John 3:1). Even though we are different we all reflect who he is, in all his complexities.

The DNA is in each cell of the body is exactly the same, but each cell is different, each tissue is different, each organ. That means there are multiplicity of difference in the cells, though each have exactly the same DNA, but the specific part of the gene activated for a cell in an organ is different from the ones activated in another which determines their peculiar forms and functions.

So though all of us are Christ’s, though all of us are invested with his seed, the form and function expressed in us is peculiar to us, it is unique, in the same way that all the cells in the body share the same essence, but they are different.

He is the Son not from eternity but from the conception in the womb of Mary (Luke 1). Remember that immediately after Jesus was conceived Mary the intending mother went on a trip to visit his relation Elizabeth who was six month pregnant as an old woman.

On getting there, the older woman, was stirred by the Holy Spirit and she recognised that Mary was already pregnant with divinity.

The implication is that the point of conception, the person of that fertilised egg is already defined, though yet fully formed. David wrote that God knew about him while still unformed in his mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16), reflective of God’s complete knowledge. God told Jeremiah: before I formed you in the womb I knew you (Jeremiah 1:1-5).

A new human being is formed at the point of conception. If the personality is predefined even before conception, how much more after conception! This makes abortion, is foetal/zygote/embryo murder, regardless of what some who call themselves biologists say.

But the bible says we should not follow the multitude to do evil (Exodus 23:2). Humanity’s lax attitude to morality to holiness should not infect us as Christian.

We should not conform to this world, their perception, judgment and corruption, but we need to be transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). Because something is appealing, a unique idea, does not mean it is approved by God.

Jesus became the son of God because of us, because of the need to restore us to that position. He did not need to be Son to have an intimate relationship with God, he was God the word, the second person of the trinity from eternity past. He became the Son, so that in him we can have an intimate relationship with God becoming sons. We are the centre of God’s world.

When God made Adam he was called the Son of God (Luke 3:38), but he lost out on that position because of sin, but Jesus came without sin, and though was tempted by the devil just as Adam was, so the bible says as many as received him to them is given the power to become sons of God (John 1:12).

There is no “becoming a son of God” without honouring Jesus the son of God and the way you do that is by saying “Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10).” You do attract what you do not honour. We do not just say it with our words, we say I with our lives.

Jesus said it is not enough to call him lord without doing what he says (Luke 6:46).  Jesus marked himself as the son of God by following the father’s words. Even in the temptation he faced in the wilderness, the he expressed devotion to God’s word, and not to his own wants and desires, honouring the father. In the same way we should honour the Son.


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