Bible study reading
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First, the gospel of God is concerning a person, and this person is Jesus Christ. Second, this person has two essences or two natures—the human nature and the divine nature. According to His human nature, Christ is out of the seed of David. Third, He was designated to be the Son of God. This designation is to sonize His humanity with His divinity.
Christ is both the Son of Man and the Son of God. As the Son of Man, He is human, possessing humanity, and as the Son of God, He is divine, possessing divinity. The man Jesus was designated to be the Son of God in His humanity. The Son of God in Romans 1:4 does not refer to Christ as the only begotten Son of God from eternity but to Christ as the firstborn Son of God, referred to in Romans 8:29. The firstborn Son of God was designated. His humanity was designated into the sonship with the divine element.
The central aim of God’s gospel is to produce many sons conformed to His Son (v. 29). His firstborn Son is a pattern, a model, for the producing of the many sons. Romans 1:3-4 describes this model, whereas Romans 8 reveals the mass production. The central message of the book of Romans is that sinful, fleshly people are made sons of God and conformed to the image of the Son of God. In this way Christ becomes the Firstborn among many brothers. (Elders’ Training, Book 6: The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul’s Epistles, ch. 2, section 1)
Do not think that only Jesus needed the designation. Today all His believers in Him need the same kind of designation.
This kind of designation of the Lord Jesus should also be our experience. Designation is actually our sanctification. Sanctification is to live out the Lord. (Elders’ Training, Book 3: The Way to Carry Out the Vision, ch. 1, section 2)
We are being designated as sons of God by resurrection. We are daily undergoing the process of designation.
The more we grow and are transformed, the more we are designated the sons of God. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 54, section 3)
The universe is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (8:19). This manifestation will…come as the consummation of the process of designation, just as a carnation flower blossoms as the consummation of a long process of growth and change...One day, at the time of our glorification, we shall fully blossom and manifestly be the sons of God. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 54, section 4)