What God does in us has greater importance than what He does through us.
What is a true son worth? There are true sons and false sons. Heb. 12 states:
4 ¶ You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that if we have not experienced the chastening of the Lord in our spirits, we are illegitimate, and not a true sons. It is the work done in our spirits that creates His nature in us. This is borne out by verses 9-11.
9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
The work done in our spirits enables us to share in His holiness. This is His nature created in us. This is all done within the realm of our spirits, not the soul life. Many are the troubles and tribulations we face in the soul realm, but they do not lead to Christ’s nature being formed in us. Only the dealings of the Lord upon our spirits can bring forth true holiness in us. Why is this so? Because His dealings upon our spirits go to the root, or essence, of what we are. Only in our spirits are we conformed to the image of the Son (Rom. 8:29).
Jesus said several times through the gospel of John that the Father loves the Son. It is a unique relationship. The Father delights in Him. The Scriptures teach us that God did not spare His only begotten son, and that Christ learned obedience through the things which He suffered. Because of Jesus’ willingness to humble Himself and become obedient to the point of death on a cross (Phil, 2:5-11), the Father bestowed upon Him the name which is above every name. The Son is one of a kind. The term “only begotten” implies that He is unique and special. This same uniqueness is re-created in the many sons being brought to glory (Heb. 2L10). The many sons are having the one Son formed in them. Christ’s nature is being established in His sons, thus, they also enter into the Father’s delight.
The work that goes into the creation of a son surpasses any of the works that may later be accomplished through them. All of Christianity focuses upon ministry of one type or another. The emphasis is always on accomplishing something in the name of the Lord, but the maturing of a son is a work that only God can accomplish. A son is priceless in the eyes of God. The subduing of Adam in a Christian, and crushing that Christian’s spirit until it is in is obedience and harmony with the Father’s will, is the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Until such a work goes deep into our spirits, we continue to have hopes and aspirations that originate with us, or at best, a mixture of us and God. It is the purpose of the Father to bring every son’s will into subjection to His own. When the Father sees this being accomplished in us, His words in Gen. 1 apply. “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”
It is important to remember this message as God creates in us His son on an experiential level. Heb. 12:11 says: “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Opening our hearts to allow God to thoroughly scourge us is the greatest thing we can ever do. Finding those with such a willingness is the Father’s delight. Contrary to all the clatter in certain circles of Christianity about “manifested sons,” only a few are paying the price. The following psalm should comfort and strengthen the heart of every son coming to birth.
¶ A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House. A Psalm of David. I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
3 O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
4 Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
6 ¶ Now as for me, I said in my prosperity, “I will never be moved.”
7 O LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong; You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
8 To You, O LORD, I called, And to the Lord I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
10 “Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my helper.”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.