The Spirit of Sonship


Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “”Abba,” Father.”

1 John 3:1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

John 8:35 – Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

Today we will be exploring the difference between Sons and Slaves. In the above scripture the word son is used and no daughter is mentioned. This is not because God disregards women or is gender biased. The reason for emphasising sons is because of inheritance.  At time that the bible was written when it comes inheritance the people understood it in the context of sonship. That is why in the bible we are all called sons of God so that both male and female can be equal partakers of God’s inheritance. It is actually more discriminatory in the bible times if you differentiate between sons and daughters when talking about inheritance. By differentiating, you single out the daughters and deprive them of any rights to their father’s inheritance.

Some of God’s children don’t relate to Him as their daddy, they relate to him as the creator, king, mighty God, judge, master and the list goes on and on. While God is all of these, His greatest title and role in the life of  every Christian is His father role. To magnify any of His other roles in your life more than His role as a father is to deprive yourself of major privileges and the fullness of the comprehension and manifestation of his love in your life. Sadly, a large percentage relates to God mainly as master and they put themselves unknowingly in the class of a slave. Yes in one light we are servants of God because we choose to serve him out of love  but our most important role and position is that of Sons. Every other role and position is inferior to this. Your role as a son of God supersedes all your other roles, yet that is the least explained and appropraited. Adam the first man was not referred to as a creature or servant of God, though he was; He was referred to as the Son of God(Luke 3:38). Jesus our perfect example was referred to and is still referred by God as His beloved Son (Mark 1:11). So it is in our best interest in light of our inheritance to see ourselves as sons that our father God loves unconditionally.

The following are some of the difference between Sons and Slaves

Has InheritanceHas no inheritance
Calls out to his fatherCall out to master
Correction for mistakes madePunishment for mistake made
Have dominionUnder dominion
Have rights and privilegeHas no rights and privilege
Is a ownerIs a commodity owned
Has AuthorityHas no authority
Has favourHas fears
Identity – Son and slave ownerIdentity – Slave and owns nothing

Through Christ we have been adopted into the family of God. But we need to believe and receive and our new identity and hold fast to it. It is the understanding of God’s love for you that helps you come into the fullness of your identity. So begin to renew your mind in light of sonship and not slavery.


For further study:

John 1:12

Personal declaration for the day:

I am a son of God and I am loving it.

Questions for you to reflect on:

Do you know who you are, who are you?

What is your inheritance?