Sanctuary: our status and stature in God

Today’s devotional reading in Sanctuary: Moments in His Presence by David Strutt, eloquently brings back to life a special revelatory moment in my early years as a believer; after the events told in my testimony.

I was left in awe upon meeting ‘Abba’ at an evening meeting of worship and prayer for healing held by a charismatic, inter-denominational group in the mid-Thames valley region.

I’d had the strong visual and emotional impression of having been lifted up, put upon Father’s knee and seeing His grinning in delight at me.

So in connection with my testimony and that event, David writes for today about one of the greatest changes that God brings to believers: that of ‘Sonship’ and, thus, being heirs with Christ – plus linkage between His Spirit and ours.

Also, we are no longer orphans but legally and spiritually adopted into His family. Each of us may need a complete change in understanding the fullness of Who Father Is. Do read David’s thoughts on this important matter of our true identity:

8 thoughts on “Sanctuary: our status and stature in God

  1. The NT provides us with an amazing development of the sonship motif found in the OT, and the two together are an important point of comparison between the Judeo-Christian salvation story and Islam. Islam fails on both counts.

    A) It does not provide a covenantal link with YHWH, the God of Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob: for its covenant is with Allah, and not YHWH.

    B) It does not provide sonship in the intimate Christian sense. Allah is distant and unknowable, not close to us, sympathetic and empathetic as YHWH, who took on our flesh and weakness in Jesus Christ. There is no adoption by Allah in Islam. Furthermore, it fosters the orphan spirit – for Mohammed was an orphan, and his orphan state is not redeemed in the Islamic metanarrative. By making Ishmael rather than Isaac its line of salvation, it further embeds orphanhood into the nations it touches, for Ishmael was sent away. Paul identifies Ishmael as the spirit of law, and Isaac as the spirit of grace in Galatians, and that difference we see in comparison between Islam and Christianity.

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