When Jacob met Joseph’s sons, he said, “Ephraim and Manasseh belong to me just as Reuben and Simeon do” (Gen. 48:5). Joseph regarded Ephraim and Manasseh’s sons in the same way (Gen. 50:23). Jacob and Joseph saw their grandchildren as their children; they saw no difference between them when it came to affection, status, and even inheritance.
There is a spiritual analogy here. Jesus is God’s one and only Son (John 1:18). But just as Jacob and Joseph considered their grandsons their own sons, God considers us His Son. God regards us with the same affection as His Son; He grants us the same status and inheritance as Jesus. By the Son we are sons who have equal standing in the Father’s eyes. The only reason we have such a place in the family is because of the Father’s great love.
God wants us to see ourselves the same way. In another sense, He doesn’t want us to see ourselves at all; He wants us to see the Son within just as He does. This is truly who we are. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17).