To become God’s children; made possible by Jesus by a new identity. Because of Jesus, God says the same thing about you that He said about Jesus. In this one statement, God gives us an incredible supply of affirmation for the identity deficits that we all fee
Note the three distinct elements
1. You are My son …
When God says, “You are My son,” He is identifying Himself with us. He is saying that He wants to be associated with us, that we are together.
This new identity is that we are people with whom God is pleased to be associated. He’s saying, “Yep, that’s My daughter; that’s My son.” He never dissociates Himself from us once we have become His children. Pretty flattering that He’d be so kind, despite our sometimes lousy behavior!
2. Whom I love …
Furthermore in a family relationship, we might not always like each other. If you have a family member whom you don’t like but have to claim that he’s our brother; but I don’t like him.
But God is not this way. Not only is God saying, “Yes, that’s My son,” but He’s also claiming, “I love this son. He has My affection. My heart is with him and it’s for him.”
3. With you I am well pleased.
This statement of promise by adding, “I’m so pleased with you.” The God who set the stars in place is saying He’s proud of you. Not of some other person—but you.
As we grow into understanding the depth of God’s heart for us, these affirmations begin to slowly fill the identity-deficit places in our souls. Therefore all those things we’ve been doing to look for affirmation, to try to be important, to feel important, to be admired, to be thought of highly—now we have an answer. And not from people, not from material things that don’t fill our hearts, not from titles or positions but from God.
“And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight.””
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17