Sonships Of Christ

SONSHIPS OF CHRIST

INTRO: Sonships? Plural? Why is this? Because the Sonship of Christ is a multiple thing; he was more than the Son of God. This Sonship is an important topic of inspired history. It has a direct bearing on man's salvation and is therefore important. Let us notice the plural nature of "the Sonships of Christ."

I. HE WAS THE SON OF GOD
   
A. This made him deity.
        1. He was with God in the beginning (John 1:1-2).
        2. He was in heaven with God (John 17:5, 21).
    B. In a sense, all men are sons of God (1 John 3:1).
        1. Christians are spiritually as well as by natural birth.
        2. But Christ is a son in a special sense.
            i. Note the Roman centurion (Matt. 27:54).
        3. He was God "manifest in the flesh" (1 Tim. 3:16).
    C. Being God's Son is the source of his authority.
        1. That authority is absolute (Matt. 28:18-20).
        2. Men are commanded to hear him (Matt. 17:5; cf. Heb. 1:1).

II. HE WAS THE SON OF ADAM
   
A. This made him human.
        1. Hope of the human race is tied up in him.
        2. Born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23-25).
        3. Over and over - "the son of man" (Lk. 19:10).
        4. Yet does not mean he ceased to be God (Phil. 2:5-11).
    B. Suffered as a man; subject to temptations (Matt. 4:1-11).
        1. Was touched with our infirmities (Heb. 4:15).
        2. Yet - he did no sin.
    C. Without this human nature, he could not be our high priest.
        1. To this end he was made "like unto his brethren" (Heb. 2:17-18).
        2. When trials; persecutions; temptations come - he knows!

III. HE WAS THE SON OF ABRAHAM
   
A. This made him a Jew.
       
1. Note his genealogy (Matt. 1:1-16).
        2. Fulfillment; culmination of the Abrahamic promise (Gen. 12:1-3; 18:18).
        3. All nations blessed through Abraham's seed.
    B. Note - "salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22).
        1. Blessing promised to Abraham fulfilled in Christ (Gal. 3:14-16).
        2. All nations received the blessing (Acts 10:34-35; Gal. 3:28).

IV. HE WAS THE SON OF DAVID
   
A. This made him a king.
        1. Stood in the lineal descent of David (Matt. 1:1ff).
        2. Therefore, a legitimate right to the sovereignty of David's throne.
    B. David's literal throne - extinct in Coniah 600 years before Christ.
        1. So - no other a rightful claimant to it.
        2. Zedekiah, at the decree of Nebuchadnezzar occupied the throne,
            but was a mere puppet king.
            i. Not the true king, but a "wicked prince" who was to be
               overthrown until he come "whose right it is" (Ezek. 21:25-27).
        3. The throne of David belongs to Christ only (Acts 2:30f).
    C. Herod tried to destroy him (Matt. 2:13).
        1. See him before Piliate; upon the cross.
    D. But raised to sit on David's throne at Pentecost (Acts 2:30-31).
        1. King now - in fact and in act! - not some premillenial reign.

CONCLUSION: Here are four ways in which the Sonship of Christ has been manifested. Without any one of them, man's redemption would be impossible.