Sons of God
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22)
Have you ever heard someone refer to another person as “an open book”? That phrase is an analogy. Obviously, the person is not made of paper and ink. We say they’re an open book to describe them. Analogies help people understand things they’re not familiar with by comparing them to something they are. In the same way, you can open a book and discover its contents; you can understand some people by looking at their lives. We must be aware of when the Bible uses analogies to understand some passages properly.
For example, when John baptized Jesus in the Jordan river, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove. A bird did not fly down from heaven and land on Jesus. The phrase is an analogy. It tells us how the Holy Spirit rested on Jesus; He was graceful in His movements and manner. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, and He will never force Himself upon anyone.
Luke 3:22 is a beautiful picture of how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit operate together. As the Father sent the Holy Spirit to rest upon His Son, Jesus, we witness the love that each person of the Godhead has and how they function in complete unity. Jesus was the first begotten of the Father, but He was not the last. Jesus was the firstborn among many brethren, and I am one of them. How about you? If you’ve accepted Jesus, you have been reborn into the family of God.
As a child of God, the same love that the Godhead displayed at Jesus’ baptism is the same love that God has for you now as a child of His.
Practical Application – Spend some time today dwelling on how much God loves you. When things may seem overwhelming and stressful, speak out loud three simple words to remind your soul of this powerful truth: “God loves me.”
Romans 8:14; Galatians 4:6