Sons of God

by Joanna Pierce on July 27, 2017

There are different kinds of “sons” mentioned in Scripture: son of the bondwoman, children of the wicked one, the Son of God (Jesus), etc. But, for this study, we’re going to focus on “sons of God.”

Adopted Sons

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:15–16, KJV).

Adopted sons of God are born of the Spirit. Adopted in this sense refers to a position and privilege we have in God. We’re not just small children, but adult sons, and therefore, sons of God. God has given us His Spirit so we have freedom from sin and a loving Father-son relationship with Him. He’s conferred His riches and benefits to us through this adoption process.

We’re redeemed at Calvary—bought with the blood of Jesus Christ—but our adoption comes at our own personal Pentecost (repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost). It is God’s Spirit, alive in us, that cries out to our Father.

Intimate Relationship

Jesus used the same terminology when He cried “Abba, Father” as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before His death (Mark 14:36). Calling God “Abba, Father” was not disrespectful, but renders His great affection for the Father. By calling God, “Abba, Father,” this denoted great familiarity—an intimate relationship with the Father. This is the same way a child would address his/her own earthly father by calling him Daddy.

Be Separate

We have a promise of sonship if we come out from the world and be separate; God will be a Father to us and we His sons and daughters (II Corinthians 6:16–17). Coming out from the world means we cannot have the world’s thinking, values, idolatrous worship, etc. in our lives. Many times we fall prey to translating our conception of our earthly father to our Heavenly Father. We cannot think the way the world does, but realize we have a much different relationship with God. We are admonished not only to view this relationship differently, but we act differently because of this relationship. Because we’ve been separated from the world, and consecrated to the Lord, we are to be like our Heavenly Father in every way (I John 3:1–3). God’s will must be worked in us daily, and we must let the light of Jesus shine through us in this darkened world (Philippians 2:10–16).

Grow Spiritually

We must learn to grow up in God. We’re His “sons” but we cannot stay in a child-like nature forever. While we must receive God’s ways and thoughts like a little child, we must “grow up” in Him (Matthew 18:2–4). We cannot be wise in ourselves (Romans 12:16), but seek out Godly wisdom and understanding. If we seek His wisdom, He will give unto us liberally (James 1:5). In our pursuit to grow spiritually and to glean heavenly wisdom and understanding, we must change our mindset from carnal to heavenly.

If we receive the Lord and seek Him, He will give us power to become sons of God (John 1:12). The word sons in this Scripture is teknon, which renders the understanding of a young child or son. We can know this to be our spiritual immaturity in Christ. However, as we grow in God, and we exercise our faith and belief in Him, we shouldn’t perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). We must transition to a child son (teknon), to an adult/spiritually mature son (huios).

Jesus taught many things to His disciples and there was much they didn’t comprehend. But, the disciple’s understanding of Jesus’ teachings help us know we can’t read Scripture at the surface level, and we cannot have a surface-level relationship with God. Jesus told the disciples “In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19, KJV). Jesus was teaching them that through a faithful pursuit of Jesus in this life, we will acquire blessings for eternity, and He will help us all the way through this life as a faithful Father would do for His son.

Seek Him

We must be careful in our spiritual walk that we don’t let our old life creep back in. Paul warned the church of Galatia not to let their old life and the old law of the world overtake them again (Galatians 4). When we allow God to truly become our Father, and we His sons, we must maintain that intimate relationship and pursuit of Him for the rest of our lives.

Abraham was the perfect example of this in Scripture. He was faithful to God, answered the call to be separate, and spent a lifetime of learning to trust in God. It wasn’t until later in his life when he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, did he truly know what it was like to walk in as a “son of God.” God brought Abraham to a place where he had to be patient, have a relationship with Him, dwell in the secret place with Him, and be tested in their father-son relationship.

If we ask, seek, or knock, God will answer, give, and open doors for us (Matthew 7:7). The Lord is going to give good gifts to His children if we desire and seek after Him (Matthew 7:11). If we trust in God and let everything unfold in Him, we’ll glean the revelation of our sonship in Him and the promises He has in store in our own lives.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on July 26, 2017 with Guest Speaker, Brother Bruce Melder