By Hugh Binning
Is there any privilege so precious as this, to be “the sons of God?” (1st John 3:2). What are all relations, or states, or conditions, to this one, to be the children of the Highest? It was David’s question, “Should I be the king’s son in law?” Alas! what a petty and poor dignity in regard of this, to be “the sons of God,” partakers of a divine nature? All the difference of birth, all the distinction of degrees and qualities among persons, besides this one, are but such as have no being, no worth but only in the thinking and construction of them. They really are nothing, and can do nothing. This only is a substantial and fundamental difference. A divine birth carries along with it a divine nature, a change of principles, from the worst to the best, from darkness to light, from death to life.
Now, imagine then, what excellency is in this grace, which is made the character of a son of God, of one begotten of the Father, and passed from death to life? (1st John 3:10,14) “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. Whoever does not do righteousness is not of God, neither he who doesn’t love his brother. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren, he who doesn’t love his brother, lives in death.” (1st John 4:7) “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one who loves is born of God, and knows God.” And truly it is most natural, if it be so, that the children of our Father love each other dearly. It is monstrous and unnatural to see it otherwise. But besides, there is in this a great deal of resemblance of their Father, whose eminent and single property it is, to be good to all and kind even to the ungrateful, and whose incomparable glory it is to pardon iniquity, and suffer long patiently. A Christian cannot resemble his Father more nearly than in this.
Why do we account that baseness in us which is glory to God? Are we ashamed of our birth, or how do we dare not own our Father? Will we be ashamed to love them as brethren whom he has not been ashamed to adopt as sons, and who Christ is not ashamed to call brethren?
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