During my walk towards the church today (on the Sabbath that is :) ), I became quite impressed about, how God designed our relational nature and how important and central is the role of His Son in our communication with Him. I'm recently reading "Return of Elijah", so the topic of relational vs. performance value systems is again in the center of my attention. During this walk, I was thinking again about the statements Ellen White made in "Desire of Ages", you all know this very well, but once more I'll make the quote:
But turning from all lesser representations, we behold God in Jesus. Looking unto Jesus we see that it is the glory of our God to give. “I do nothing of Myself,” said Christ; “the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father.” “I seek not Mine own glory,” but the glory of Him that sent Me. John 8:28; 6:57; 8:50; 7:18. In these words is set forth the great principle which is the law of life for the universe. All things Christ received from God, but He took to give. So in the heavenly courts, in His ministry for all created beings: through the beloved Son, the Father’s life flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all. And thus through Christ the circuit of beneficence is complete, representing the character of the great Giver, the law of life. (DA 21.2)
While thinking on this, a thought came into my mind - if we want to imagine, how central is the role of Christ in the above shown circuit of beneficence, we should try to imagine, what it would be like, if there was actually no Son of God (Christ). Let's imagine, that there is only God the Father and that only He created the whole Universe with all its inhabitants. Would He be a real Father to us creatures? Would we be His real children? I think this would be unlikely. A creature would not understand properly the fatherhood and sonship roles. He also could not understand, how we could be sons and daughters of our God. There would exist a wide relational gap between the infinite God and finite creature. The best role we could achieve with our relationship with God under such circumstances would be the role of a servant. Servant, and nothing more. It would be the same, as it is in the islamic religion.
But we are told:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal. 4:4-7)
Jesus Himself said:
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (John. 15:14-15)
This is about our adopted sonship. But there are numerous statements regarding the "sons of God", some of which are refering to the angels and people of the unfallen worlds. And none of them could be called a "son of God", if there wouldn't be anyone, who could be our example of a real sonship before God.
Our sonship depends on the Sonship of Jesus Christ. If Jesus is not a real Son of the Father, we also cannot be His real sons. No creation could be His son, even the unfallen. This just wouldn't be possible. But thank God for the Sonship of His Son, Jesus Christ, Who is the Way of communication between creation and God:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
He is not just the "wayshower" (which may sound legalistic), He Himself is the WAY for us to His and our Father in Heaven. I'm thankful to our Father for His Son, the real Way for every creation, so that everyone else, through Him, are the sons and daughters of God. This is of most vital importance, that we as sinful men and women understand this subject and understand it's importance, when dealing with our salvation and our relationship with the Father. Jesus and His Sonship should always be the central theme in our lives.
Let's think for a moment, what could have happen, if the mission of Jesus failed and He would have been taken over by sin. He would loose His divinity and eternal life. If He has a central role in the holy communication between God and creature, this communication would cease to take place. The angels and creatures of the unfallen worlds would not receive the fatherly blessing any more, hence their sense of sonship would be severely diminished. They would become just servants... Ellen White told us, that the failure of Christ's mission and Him becoming subject to sin would mean a great loss to the whole Universe. Maybe this is, what this loss would look like...
But thank God, that His Son has redeemed us from all sin! While before His incarnation His central role was that of a divine sonship, now after Him becoming a man He has also the human sonship. He understands us better, than we ourselves and can take us to His and our Father. The role of Christ for us is much more central, than it was ever before. Thank God for His greatest gift!