“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe” (Prov. 29:25).
The God of Israel is a safe God, because He is fixed in love and setlled in His sacrificial life for others. All God’s dealings with us is to settle us as safe sons. We don’t work ourselves up to safe sons, but it’s our point of departure. God counted Paul faithful. Why? Because in union we already have come to the end of ourselves, without any if’s and but’s. We are a done deal. We don’t go from imperfection to perfection, but from faith to faith, from glory to glory. The Lord will increase our awareness of Him and setlle and fix us in this safeness that we never have been independent persons at all. That’s the characteristic of coheirs, to have overcome the illusion of an independent self.