Concerning His Son (Romans 1:3 KJV); Reconciled to God by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10 KJV); God sending His own Son (Romans 8:3 KJV); He that spared not His own son (Romans 8:32 KJV); the image of His Son (Romans 8:29 KJV).
Concerning His Son (Romans 1:3 NASB); Reconciled to God through the death of His Son (Romans 5:10 NASB); God did: sending His own Son (Romans 8:3 NASB); He who did not spare His own Son (Romans 8:32 NASB); the image of His Son (Romans 8:29 NASB).
Five times over in Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes of “His Son’ or of “His own Son.” This relationship is stressed to help us appreciate the value of the Son to the heart of His Father and to know more of what the sacrifice of Calvary meant to a Father’s heart. It is almost an echo resounding from Genesis 22 where we read of Abraham and Isaac “his son” (Gen 22:3, 6, 9, 13).
In the words of Genesis 22, we discern something of the intimacy between a father and son moving together to a place of sacrifice. “Take now thy son, thine only,” and “My son,” all tell us of the love of a father’s heart for his son.
But here in Romans, the great epistle of the doctrine of the gospel, rather than cold theological statements, every aspect of truth is linked with the warmth of the joy of a relationship and fellowship eternally enjoyed.
God sent His son. And it was His own Son – as though to emphasize the dearness and sacrifice on the part of a Father. He came in the likeness of sinful flesh and came for the purpose, not of glory and honor, but that God might condemn sin in the flesh.
We have been reconciled to God at the great price of the death of His Son. Paul uses this as the basis of assurance that since being enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, then now, much more, since we have been made right in His sight, that His life would be the guarantee of our eternal salvation. But the emphasis here is on the greatness of the cost for reconciliation to occur – His Son!
“He that spared not His own Son!” It is as if Paul is saying that God went to this extreme; He did not spare Him from His heart; He did not spare Him the agony and shame of the cross; He did not spare Him the interruption of the enjoyment of a fellowship known eternally. If God did not spare Him from that … then everything else is relatively minor for God to accomplish.
But what of the image of His Son? Here is God’s great purpose. Such is His love for His Son that He is working to conform each of us to that image. In the business and entertainment world, “image” is everything. In the spiritual realm, “image” is everything as well. But it is the image of “His Son” which God is developing and will accomplish in us all. Such is that love, that God will not rest until an innumerable number of redeemed are conformed to the image of His Son that He might be “firstborn among many brethren” (Rom 8:29).
Look at the links between the mentions of “son” in Genesis 22 and in Romans.