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Christians SHOULD BE becoming sons of God.

There is nothing controversial about Christians becoming sons of God. If you do not know this perhaps you have not yet understood the Gospel message.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children (TEKNON) of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:1-13)

The word used for children here is the Greek "TEKNON". This means a young child which is the beginning of one's life "in Christ". We are His children.

Again he says, “I will be confident in him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given me.” (Hebrews 2:13)

Here the apostle is quoting from Isaiah 8:18 asserting that this scripture is prophetic of the Gospel Age:

"Look, I and the sons whom the Lord has given me are reminders and object lessons in Israel, sent from the Lord who commands armies, who lives on Mount Zion."

Again, you must be familiar with these scriptures from John 3:3 and 3:5-7:

"Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

"Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’"

This spiritual birth is the beginning of the Christian's life and entrance into the Kingdom of God.

This means that there is a process of growth involved in "becoming" mature sons of God. This final state of being is heralded and typified by the ancient custom of "adoption".

"But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son (HUIOS), born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons (HUIOS) with full rights. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God. " (Galatians 4:4-7))

"For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons (HUIOS) through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will – to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son." (Ephesians 1:4-6)

The Greek word HUIOS signifies a position in the family of a mature son. This is one who knows his Father's will and does it in all things. This position is not granted automatically but is earned by obedience to the revealed will of God. This is the final goal of the Christian life. The apostle Paul tells us what this means:

"Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance." (Romans 8:23-25)

This last scripture indicates clearly, I believe, that not ALL Christians will participate in the first resurrection that is imminent. Only those who have followed on to know Christ in the fellowship of His sufferings will qualify to receive Him in the power of His resurrection body. This flies in the face of the doctrine of the rapture and this, along with other false church doctrines, is why the revelations given by the Holy Spirit in 1948-52 were largely rejected by the churches.

There is of course nothing unscriptural about these revelations. However, like so many messages of God to His people through the Ages only the "few" the "elect" heard them and the rest were blinded according to the perfect foreknowledge and will of our Father in Heaven.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)