The Message of Sonship is a work by Trevor Burke, who also wrote an excellent and personally formative book titled, Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor.
Check out the blurb which got me so giddy about this book coming out in November 2011:
“Sonship” is an important, yet often overlooked, theme throughout the Bible. Adam, the first human being, is identified as a “son of God”; Israel is God’s “first-born son”; the covenant with king David is cast in father-son terms; Christians are children of God, “adopted as sons”; and the same designation brings Scripture to a triumphant conclusion: “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7). The story line of the Bible makes clear that God is making for himself a family of sons and daughters who will serve him and reign with him in his kingdom forever–and this purpose is achieved through Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
In his warm-hearted, edifying exposition of this theme, Trevor Burke shows how “sonship” is the focus of creation, is a metaphor for salvation, carries moral obligation and is the goal of restoration of broken, suffering humanity. For those whom God the Father adopts into his household as sons and daughters, the family bonds that begin in this life will last for all eternity.
Just another book to add to the familia Dei bibliography. To illustrate my excitement, please see the amusing video below.