The glory of earning it. (w.Glyn Evans
I must settle once and for all the difference between my right and my privileges. To be called a "son of God" is my right (1 John 1:12) but the expression of that sonship is a privileges that I must earn
Even Jesus,the eternal Son of God,had to earn a better name then the angels (Hebrews 4 1:4)
Sonship with God come to me when I express faith in Jesus Christ,but the glory of my sonship comes to me only when I am faithful to my calling.
How I love the "overwhelming" of Revelations 2 and 3 :To him who overcomes ,said Jesus to His followers ,I will give ......
What wonderful things He grants or bestows on ,His servants,the tree of life ,hidden manna ,power over nations,open praise,a new name,and a throne of glory .
And yet each of these is not given unconditionally,it is bestowed on me as I overcome. The overcomes earns the privilege,and unless he does indeed earn
it,none of it will be given,even through he is a son of God.
That is what I read about Jesus.
Therefore....God highly exalted Him,and bestowed on Him the name which is above every other name. (Phill 2:9 )
The glory that Jesus earns now is earned glory,a glory that the Father bestowed on Him only after He made Himself on no reputation,took upon Himself the form of a servant ,became a man,and obeyed even to the cross.
So it must be with me.
My sonship with God is merely the seed out of which I am to reap a harvest of dedicated discipleship ,the result of which will be rewards,recognition ,honor and praise.
God forbid that it should ever be said of me he did not live up to his birth promise !
Rather ,by Gods help ,may I hear Him say "I have counted you worthy of the kingdom ( 2Thess.1 :5 . I am in the Kingdom by grace .
I am worthy of the kingdom by obedient sonship."
"Althrough He was a Son,He learned obedience from the things which He suffered" (Hebrews 5:8)