Becoming A Son Of God

Posted on 01. Oct, 2018 by in Kingdom Lifestyle

When a child is born, their personality or nature is developed by their DNA and environment. Obviously, the DNA is a unique mixing or programing from the child’s parents. The environment places external influences on the child that can shape their behavior.

As a child grows, it begins to take on the physical traits of its parents through their DNA. When my son was very small, comparing a picture of him and myself at a similar age it was uncanny how much he looked like me. In fact, you would have thought it was the same child except his picture was in color and mine was black and white!

While DNA has a significant impact on a child, their environment also plays a crucial role in their development. As a child grows, they begin to mimic their parents’ behaviors. Again, using my son as an example; so often in his early teens, people would note how much he sounded and acted like me.

It is similar in our spiritual journey. When we are born again, we become a child of God and it is as if we receive new spiritual DNA. This changes us from our previous nature and places within us a wonderful potential. Further, it is the environmental factor that can shape our understanding of spiritual truths and allow the Spirit to guide us into a maturity.

A Child Of God

John 1:12 says 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:” The word translated here for “sons” is the word teknon and means a child or to bring forth a child. It would be better translated as children, which it is in such translations as the ESV, Amplified, NKJV, NIV and many others. Distilled down, it references a fact of birth.

When we are born again, we are placed in the family of God! We are a child of God. This places us into the Kingdom of God, we are part of His family and all its benefits: protection, provision, blessings and more. It is a result of our spiritual DNA. Yet, it can be a place of limited existence.

As we all know, newborns and little children cannot take care of themselves. A new baby needs a lot of attention and care; they cry when they are hungry or have a soiled diaper or just because! They can get irritable quick. Due to their immaturity, they always need someone to watch out for them.

We can be born into the family of God yet live an immature spiritual life. We can lack a depth in  our relationship with God, which is evidenced by a lack of intimacy, loyalty, faithfulness or sharing His values and beliefs. Just as in a natural family, estranged or removed from the usual involvement or have an indifference to our family (church) relationships. The real key to sonship is maturity and character.

The key to sonship is maturity and character

 Paul address the maturity aspect in Romans 8:14; For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. In this text, the word sons is “huios” and speaks of a relation of the offspring to the parent. It is used of those whose behavior is a demonstration of the character and nature of their parent. Teknon refers to those who are were born of God, huios refers to those who show maturity acting like God. A son of God is one who demonstrates the nature of God!

 Purpose of Sonship

Jesus is the ultimate example of sonship. He was never referred to as the teknon or child of God; always the huios or Son of God. As a man, Jesus life was always a manifestation of his relationship and expression of the character and nature of his father. His purpose was to manifest God to the world.

In John 17:6 Jesus is recorded as saying; “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word”. (ESV). The original word for manifest means to make visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, by words or deeds’

 Earlier, John wrote “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). The amplified version states: …declared [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].Part of the role of the Sonship was to make an invisible God visible. He was to make known what had really been unknowable.

As born-again believers, we are to seek to do the same. Sonship is not just a birth – it is mature relationship that results in a revealing, expressing or declaring of our father! It is a lifestyle that is focused on making an invisible God tangible and real to those around us.

Kingdom Discipleship Ministry is about helping believers realize their position in Jesus Christ and their empowerment to demonstrate His Kingdom.
Our desire is to bring resources and come along side ministries to transform the mindset of believers, increasing their faith for the miraculous. We minister Biblical principles of demonstrating the power of His Kingdom. We work in both the local church in the U.S. and across the globe. Contact Dr. Martin at martinschmaltz@gmail.com

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