What is the Elisha Principle?

What would our culture look like if we honored one another doing nothing from selfish ambition but in humility counting others more significant than ourselves? (Phil 2:3) This, as Paul says, is the mind of Christ the Son of God and the Son of man.  Throughout scripture, God reveals a principle.

A principle is foundational. No matter the time or the person, principles are always relevant. Whether good or bad they mold our character and influence our actions. The Elisha Principle is a timeless truth found throughout the Bible. It is the principle of spiritual sonship displayed by Joshua, Ruth, David, Solomon, Timothy, the disciples, and of course Elisha just to name a few.  By the way, spiritual sonship applies to women as well. If the Bible calls me the bride of Christ…well you get the point.

God declares, “I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” (Mal 4:5-6 ESV) For the most part, this blog focuses on the second part of the promise – turning the hearts of children to their fathers.

So, what is the Elisha Principle? In short, it is the principle of spiritual sonship. What is sonship and how does it affect our everyday relationships with God and others, is a question I intend to explore through this blog.

Tim Rush


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