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Children or Sons of God

Children or Sons of God -Are we all children of God, or are we 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 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.

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 humanity. 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 solid 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 was written above is just a product of my thorough imagination and answers to my profound question-  why are we here today and gone tomorrow?

God predestined humans, which means that we have no control over our destination, but we can change the circumstances of how we want to live our lives until we reach the stage where 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. Therefore, I cannot push my mind to the conclusion of how we can become sons of God.

Our body is too busy with the will of the flesh, which tells us that we are not focused on seeking God. Maybe we don’t know what we are looking for. We learned much about gods from other religions, and their beliefs can comprehensively describe them. Our God is a Spirit; we must 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 into play (John 3:16). Jesus prayed for his disciples and asked the Father to grant them unity to know God (John 17). How can we claim we do if Jesus’ disciples did not know God? If we insist on claiming we know God, it could be 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; even though we are told to look for God, we do not know what we will look for. Whether we go to different churches, denominations, or beliefs, we won’t find Him because believers focus not on Him but on the Son.

Some minds have developed animosity against Christian worship and have already walked out 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 from somebody else but from the Spirit within us that will guide our soul and body, rather than that we are a distance away from 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 were not told to do so; that should not be.

We cannot continue to live God Free, and it is something that was proven centuries ago; instead, it is something that came from God in its entirety. In the past, many kings, Prophets, and many people of God had experienced His presence. If it has not happened to you yet, it may occur at the right time, or something else may 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 in the initial stage of knowing Him and the start of establishing a relationship with God. Our Immaturity sometimes becomes an excuse to be forgiven for missing the mark, and we cannot push those blessings of forgiveness to the extent that we abuse it. To be the sons of God is to attain the level of the angels of God. Our maturity will speak for itself if we have loyalty, honesty, faithfulness, and humility for the whole nine yards. Pope Francis said, “We are called to be children of God,” but he did not elaborate on who we are. If he said all are children of God, it means including everyone on earth. Since the audience he spoke to is Catholics, we can only assume he addressed it to the Catholics. Will God only pick and choose, or is it 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 creation or adoption? The Israelites are God’s chosen people of God and not children; why are there claims that Christians are children of God? Are all Christians 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 and try to be fully called  His sons. I believe that the Holy Spirit will not give up on us and will be 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 says, “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

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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