“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12.
I can tell you that the Bible is full of surprises. There is one truth and that is Jesus but there is no end to knowing who He is to us through the finished Work. Our entire earthly life won’t be enough to peel layer after layer of His grace, His goodness to be blessed and enriched by it. When we get to see Jesus, there is a big surprise waiting for us. The surprise is not about seeing Him as we believers have seen and communed with Him through the eyes of our spirit. But the surprise element is in seeing ourselves in the very perfect image of Christ Himself!
The thing is, we already know this truth that we are living Jesus’ on this earth. But there is nothing in this world that mirrors our true identity. Nothing! That’s what causes frustration and condemnation. Every which way we turn, we’re reminded of our bygone crucified identity. That old “you” or “me” is no more there but the world and the devil keep reminding us of our fallen identity, which in essence is a lie.
This verse says that we’re the sons of God. All people are the creatures of God. Only those who by faith receive Christ as Savior can truthfully call themselves the children of God. There is no more blessed fact revealed in Scriptures or experienced by human souls than that man, created by the merciful hand of God, can become a loving child of God through the miracle of divine regeneration. Sonship is established in the new birth, and it is a nearer and closer relationship to God than that established by God’s creative act. This new relationship is tender, affectionate, and glorious, and it is the fundamental basis for all of the sacred, holy, and far-reaching obligations and responsibilities devoted on man.
There are many Christians; nice, but timid people who have never ventured to say, “I know that I am a child of God.” This hesitation could be due to a number of different factors. Some believe that salvation is a result of God’s grace plus human effort, others would hesitate because of the lack of an outstanding conversion experience, others would hesitate because they do not understand what the Bible teaches about their relationship with God. But God wants us to have the assurance of our sonship, that those who have been saved can be assured that eternal life is a present possession.
The Holy Spirit is already given us to provide assurance of Sonship. “For all who are belong led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, Abba Father! The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”. Romans 8:14-16.
The assurance of Sonship should give comfort and security, inspire love and gratitude. The nature of our Sonship is spiritual; It is a result of the creative activity of God’s Holy Spirit, when we receive Christ into our hearts. Our Sonship is divine; we become partakers of the divine nature, the nature of God is planted at the life center of our soul, and man becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. So also, our Sonship is eternal, never ending in its nature, It is the impartation of eternal life to the soul.
By grace, through our Sonship, God becomes our Father, Jesus becomes our Elder Brother and we become a member of the great family of God; We are united to those who have gone on, we are united to those who now life and we have a relationship to those who will follow.
Consider again, I pray you, what a dignity God hath conferred upon you —even upon you in making you his son. The tall archangel before the Throne is not called God’s Son, he is one of the most favoured of His servants, but not His child. I tell thee, thou poor brother in Christ, there is a dignity about thee that even angels may well envy. Now are we the sons of God!
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