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In case this is your first time visiting our
site, please allow me to make a proper introduction. We are Terry & Tykie
Crisp, from Dawson GA USA. Tykie and I are not affiliated with any
particular denomination, and we're certainly not ambitious to acquire a
following of our own. We're simply members of the body of Christ, who love
the Lord, and who love the fellowship of His people!
Our purpose in posting our messages on the
internet is to share the practical truths of sonship with those who are
moving beyond the basic principles of the doctrine of Christ, and are
"going on unto perfection" (that is, to spiritual maturity; Heb.
6:1). While we make no claims of having already attained, or of having
already apprehended that for which we were apprehended of Christ (Phil.
3:12-14), it is our conviction that even now, God is preparing a people who
shall "henceforth be no more
children, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine...but [who
shall] grow up into Him in all things"
(Eph. 4:14-15). According to the Phillips Translation of Romans 8:19-21, all
of nature is waiting on tiptoe to see such a people... a people who shall be
instrumental in rescuing the whole of created life from the tyranny of change
and decay, and who will ultimately enable it to share in that magnificent
liberty that alone belongs to the children of God. What a wonderful vision
Before we recommend our writings, let it be
clearly understood that we believe in the absolute and singular Lordship of
Jesus Christ. As Peter said in Acts 2:36, "God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, BOTH LORD AND
CHRIST." In light of this Lordship which Jesus alone
possesses, Paul was inspired to refer to Him as "the blessed and only Potentate... dwelling in the
Light which no man can approach unto" (1 Tim. 6:16). In
other words, the deific state in which Jesus dwells is absolutely
unapproachable by anyone or anything that belongs to the created realm (and
that includes the new
creation realm ---ref. 2 Cor. 5:17).
Throughout Paul's preaching, there was never
to be any confusion about the uniqueness of Jesus, or about where the
emphasis belongs. He was careful to point out, "It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim
Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as servants, for Jesus' sake"
(II Cor. 4:5 NEB). He could not have made himself any clearer than this. And
yet, it was this same Paul who also described Jesus as being "the firstborn of many brethren."
(Romans 8:29. This verse from the New English Bible states that Jesus is
"the Eldest among a large family of brothers." We like that!)
Notice here that in the course of this statement, the apostle gave Jesus the
preeminence, by referring to Him as our Elder Brother. But it's also worth
noting that in the process of doing so, he also drew attention to a vast
company of sons among whom He stands in the midst. Ah, beloved, this is no
small matter... and definitely
not a thing to be overlooked! You see, as Lord, Jesus is one with Divinity.
But as Christ, He is one with humanity. And, praise God, He is not ashamed to
call us His brethren (Heb.2:11)! This is the context in which Paul declared
our sonship, and we humbly profess the same.
1 John 3:1-2 states that now are we the sons
of God, even though at present, it does not yet appear what we shall be. And
1 Cor. 15:47-49 tells us that the Lord has predestined that we should grow
up, and be conformed to the fully matured and perfected image of His Son.
That there is a process by which He shall accomplish this, we can be sure.
But we can be equally sure that "He
Who began this good work in you will continue until the Day of Jesus
Christ... developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full
completion in you" (Phil. 1:6, Amp.) This is His purpose,
this is His plan, and He will
bring it to pass!
We are aware that, despite such plain
passages of Scripture, there are still some who feel that this teaching
somehow takes away from the centrality of Jesus, or that it brings Him
down to our level. Quite the contrary! While there are certainly misrepresentations
of it (as there are of every true Word that the Church has received from
God), the message of sonship, when properly presented, and properly
understood, actually brings glory to His name. It declares, not only that
JESUS IS LORD, but also that He is the Federal Head of a corporate,
many-membered Body known collectively as CHRIST (both Head and Body; ref. 1
Cor. 12:12). This declaration, dear friend, is our hope, and the purpose of
our writings. We pray that you'll be blessed, enlightened, and encouraged by
what you read.
For a humorous introduction to the message of
sonship, we suggest that you read our little allegorical story, entitled "Ebb & Flo." And for those
who've encountered some of those strange fringe beliefs that claim to be
associated with sonship (but are not), you might enjoy reading the second
installment of the "Ebb & Flo" series, entitled "Adventures with the Cascades."
(You may go to any of these articles by
simply clicking on their titles.)
If you're interested in the purpose behind
sonship, then you'll benefit
from reading our message,
"So Send I You"
And finally, another introductory article
worth recommending is entitled,
This short message by Ray Prinzing also
presents the purpose for sonship
in a very clear and concise way.
(Posted with the permission of the author)
You can also access more than fifty other
articles we've written
(including our current series, entitled, "Zarah and Pharez")
by going to our Writings Page. Simply click on the icon below.
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