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Will the sonship end?

Submitted: 8/6/2005
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Question: Is it true that after the rapture of the church and all is fulfilled, the sonship of Christ will be ended?

Answer: You are probably thinking of the passage in 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, which says:

Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.27 For 'He has put all things under His feet.' But when He says 'all things are put under Him,' it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

This is describing the end of the Son's mediatorial ministry of redemption, not the end of the Son Himself. When God took on human flesh, it was forever. We will never cease to see the Father by looking at the Son. God will forever be manifested in flesh.

It would be more accurate to say that the sonship is fulfilled. The key to understanding this passage is differentiating between the Son and His mission. The mission is completed but the Son lives forever. Jesus said, 'I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen' (Revelation 1:18).