By Seun Ajia
In the first write up we looked at our Father and how He wants to get closer to us.
In this second part we will look at what it means to be sons of our Heavenly Father.
First of, if we believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is lord, who God raised from the dead, then we can say we are believers and Children of God.
Romans 10:9-10 KJV
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
I want us to understand that by birth we are God’s children. 1 John 3:9
1 Peter 1:23 speaks of His seed abiding in us. The verse further speaks of us being born of an incorruptible/imperishable seed. So we are Born of God as His children. Spiritually we hold both the Justification and Righteousness in Christ (Romans 3:22-26).
So now that that is established, it is God’s will that all His children mature spiritually.
1 Peter 2:1 speaks on new believers or babes, by faith, to desire the milk of the gospel, and this is where we will be discussing the son-ship we also have in Christ.
Who is a Son?
In the Jewish culture, sons were representative of their Fathers. They represented the household in which they came from in terms of image and reputation. But more focus was emphasised on the fathers who were seen as the head of the household.
That is why the religious leaders of the days of Jesus were in big disagreement with Him, because He says He is the Son of God (as I discussed in the previous article highlighting an intimacy they did not approve of).
To go further in our assessment of a son we would look at the first born of the new creation Himself, our Senior Brother Jesus.
Hebrews 2:9-10 KJV
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
So we will be highlighting some key characteristics from the life of Jesus.
1) Responsibility: A son is first of all one of responsibility. Now by responsibility I mean, a son takes responsibility of the Father’s business.
An example we see is in the life of Jesus who was always pointing to the decision of the Father. Jesus frequently said ‘the work I do is of the Father not mine’.
A direct quote can be taken from John 5: 20: “For the father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that e himself is doing; and the father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel” (NASB)
2 ) The means of communication: A son understands the means of communication. To expand a little on this take for instance one who wants to commune with a person who speaks French. To effectively commune you must first understand (hear and speak) the French language. The same can be said of a Christian; to effectively commune with God we must understand (to hear and speak) His Word.
So what happens when you don’t understand? Just try thinking of communicating with that French man without understanding a word he says or you being able to pass across a word.
Well there would be a lot of creative dance steps and gestures I can tell you that. For Christians when we struggle to receive clear instructions from God, God will use a more carnal way to commune with us which will not pass the total message across. It’s just like the French speaking man communicating with gestures and signs which would give you an idea but not the full needed instructions or statement.
A clear example with Jesus was when the devil came to tempt Him. For each of the words the devil twisted, Jesus gave a matured answer which was properly understood in light with the will of the Father. A lot of times we don’t know how to commune effectively with the Father because we lack depth in His word. Therefore, He is limited to what He can say to you at some point.
3) Family and Heritage: Lastly a Son knows his family heritage and background.
Galatians 4:1-5 AMP
1Now what I mean is that as long as the inheritor (heir) is a child and under age, he does not differ from a slave, although he is the master of all the estate; 2But he is under guardians and administrators or trustees until the date fixed by his father. 3So we [Jewish Christians] also, when we were minors, were kept like slaves under [the rules of the Hebrew ritual and subject to] the elementary teachings of a system of external observations and regulations. 4But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law, 5To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].
It simply means that when you remain a child concerning the workings of the kingdom, what happens is you are ignorant of your Heritage, Authority and Power in the Kingdom. You also become very misinformed giving reference to things not of God or His Son (Jesus).
What happens to believers who lack Knowledge on their Family, Heritage, Power and Authority in Christ?
They become easily tossed around by every doctrine. They become the ones who try to prove for God in arguments and unfruitful discussions. They misquote scriptures to suit your situations and cling to power established by men.
They become afraid of demons, quick to judge, rumour carriers and slow to forgiveness.
All these are traits of children of God who refuse, and think growth is for a select few, to grow.
You become indistinguishable from those who are still slaves to the world and therefore in time you become indifferent about God or His love.
References: Ephesians 5: 1-6.
I love to be practical so let’s bring this statement home.
Sons know the business and do the work of their father, how do we know? Through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:28, John 14:16, 26).
Son ship is a choice by us but God needs us to grow for that is the very reason you were saved, to establish a relationship.
To grow means to become aware of His word functioning constantly in our lives. To grow is to fellowship consistently with him in bible study and prayer.
So how do you start acting as a son/daughter?
Discover the hunger in you. What makes fellow-shipping with God not an activity to be ticked but a relationship where communicating is important is the desire to want to be there in the first place.
Once this is done you naturally drift towards wanting to know more about Him, but it also requires conscious effort of making yourself available in planning when to study and pray so you don’t grow cold just participating in church activities.
Failing to meet up with expectations is not a reason to stop. With time the grace to go all the way will be available for you. Don’t just stop.
Seun Ajia enjoys writing, discussing and reading about who we are in christ, the totality of all He has promised and what we have inherited in him. He also has an Msc in Accounting and Finance.
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