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Children or Sons of God

Children of God or Sons of God -Are we all children of God or we are only told that we are children of God?  Are Christians the only children of God? What about the sons of God, is it the same, or only grownups are considered?

Perhaps, until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, we could be – Ephesians 4:13.

In order to arrive at this degree of maturity, we should be “no longer little children tossed by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching in the sleight of men, in craftiness with a view to a system of error”.  “For this, we must hold to the truth in love that “we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ”. The children of God become the sons of God; from immaturity to maturity is the fulfillment of God’s purpose and plans to be with Him to eternity.

As we are designed to grow to reach maturity, then to be in advanced age and die, this is the stage of mankind.  We are born to die and the power of dust will gather all the dust; new and old, and as the wind blows it mixes the dust back and forth, in a circular motion or carried by the wind with a strong or gentle flow. When the dust is formed and ready, it will wait for a body to be born anew.  Life is a cycle until we finally make it to heaven. Whatever is written above are just a product of my thorough imagination and answers to my deep question-  why are we here today and gone tomorrow?

God predestinated humans and it means that we have no control of our destination, but we can change the circumstances of how we want to live our lives until we reach the stage that we want the truth of our existence and seek enlightenment to find God. The One true God that holds the mystery of our existence, God is a Spirit and we are in His physical form.  I cannot push my mind to the conclusion how we can become sons of God.

Our body is too busy with the will of the flesh and this tells us that we are not totally focused on seeking God.  Maybe we just don’t know what we are looking for.  We learned a lot about gods from other religions and their religion can give a very thorough description.  Our God is a Spirit and we have to be a Spirit or in Spirit, if we know-how to. Notwithstanding we did not know what the God of the Bible was like.

We only have come to the knowledge of God the Father Almighty through Jesus. That is where eternal life comes to play. John 3:16. Jesus prayed for his disciples and asked the Father to grant them unity to know God— John 17. If Jesus’ disciples did not know God,  how can we claim we do?  If we insist on claiming we know God, it could be either the spirit of arrogance or confidence.

We are told to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. How do we do that?  It doesn’t say to look for God and even we are told to look for God, we do not have any idea what we are going to look for.  Regardless of even going to different churches, denomination,s and different beliefs, we won’t find Him, because the focus of believers is not about Him, but about the Son.

Some minds have developed animosity against Christian worship and they already walked out of believing that they can’t find the One true God in any church building that acknowledges Him less.

The only way to know God is not coming from somebody else but from the Spirit within us that will guide our soul and body, rather than that we are in a distance away to know Him, and yet He knew us.  He sees every move we make, every action and reaction good or bad.  We would never look for God if we are not told to do so; that should not be.

We cannot continue to live God Free, and it is something that was proven for centuries ago,  rather it is something that came from God in its entirety.  Many kings, Prophets, and many people of God in the past had experienced His presence in their lives.  If it has not happened to you yet, it may happen at the right time or maybe something else will come up later.  Predestination is an act of God and no one can stop it and if it does, He May have his reasons to change the circumstances.

When we grow to the stage of maturity we will feel it.  As  Paul said in Philippians: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think.

Children of God are the initial stage of knowing Him and the start of establishing a relationship with God.  Our Immaturity becomes sometimes an excuse to be forgiven for missing the mark and we cannot push those blessings of forgiveness to the extent that we are abusing it. To be the sons of God is attaining the level of the angels of God.  Our maturity will speak for itself if we have with us loyalty, honesty, faithfulness, humbleness the whole nine yards…

Pope Francis quote “We are called to be children of God” but he did not elaborate who are those we. If he said all are children of God, it means including everyone on earth.  Since his audiences that he was speaking to are Catholics, we can only assume that he was addressing it to the Catholics.  Will God only pick and choose or it is an all-out invitation to all the nations of the earth. Matthew 22:14 “Many are called but few are chosen,” Many were given a chance to come to the knowledge of God. Some accepted and some rejected, choosing to stay with their root. 

We are taught that we are all created by God.  Does it mean that we are children of God by the creation or by adoption?  The Israelites are the chosen people of God and not children, why there are claims that Christians are children of God? Are all Christian’s children of God? What is the difference between sons of God and children of God?   1 John 3:1 ESV – “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

Is there a difference between “sons of God” and “children of God”?

How can we be called sons of God when we acted like the sons of God during Noah’s time.  We should act like God’s children,  try hard to be fully called  His sons. I believe that the Holy Spirit will not give up on us and at work actively all the time, if he is not we are already drawn to a living hell. Awareness is the best cure for negligence!

John 1:12 ESV—“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”

Galatians 3:26 ESV—“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

2 Corinthians 6:18 ESV—“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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