sent forth his Son? that we might receive the adoption of sons? sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hears, crying, Abba, Father?;

<490105> Ephesians 1:5 ? ?foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.? God?s love for Christ is the measure of his love for those who are one with Christ. Human nature in Christ is lifted up into the life and communion of the eternal Trinity. Shedd, Dogmatic Theology, 1:306310.

Human fatherhood is a reflection of the divine, not, vice versa, the divine a reflection of the human; cf. <490314>Ephesians 3:14, 15 ? ?the Father from whom every fatherhood patri>a in heaven and on earth is named.? Chadwick, Unitarianism, 77-83 , makes the name ?Father? only a symbol for the great Cause of organic evolution, the Author of all being. But we may reply with Stearns, Evidence of Christian Experience, and 177 ? ?to know God outside of the sphere of redemption is not to know him in the deeper meaning of the term ?Father?. It is only through the Son that we know the Father: <401127>Matthew 11:27 ?Neither doth any know the Father save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.??

Whiton, Gloria Patri, 38 ? ?The Unseen can be known only by the seen which comes forth from it. The all-generating or Paternal Life, which is hidden from us, can be known only by the generated or Filial Life in which it reveals itself. The goodness and righteousness, which inhabits eternity, can be known only by the goodness and righteousness, which issues from it in time successive births of time. God above the world is made known only by God in the world. God transcendent, the Father, is revealed by God immanent, the Son.? Faber: ?O marvelous, O worshipful! No song or sound is heard, But everywhere and every hour, In love, in wisdom and in power the Father speaks his dear eternal Word.? We may interpret this, as meaning that self-expression is a necessity of nature to an infinite Mind. The Word is therefore eternal. Christ is the mirror, from which are flashed upon us the rays of the hidden Luminary. So Principal Fairbairn says: ?Theology must be on its historical side Christocentric, but on its doctrinal side Theocentric.?

Salmond, Expositor?s Greek Testament, on <490105>Ephesians 1:5 ? ?By ?adoption? Paul does not mean the bestowal of the full privileges of the family on those who are sons by nature, but the acceptance into the family of those who are not sons originally and by right in the relation proper of those who are sons by birth. Hence uiJoqesi>a is never affirmed of Christ, for he alone is Son of God by nature. So Paul regards our sonship, not as lying in the natural relation in which men stand to God as his children, but

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