John 1 | AMP
But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.
For those that are saved, you are not saved because you work for it, you are not saved because of your father righteousness.
You are saved because God gave you a privilege
Let me quickly tell what God shared with me few days ago
Christ left a throne, he left a kingdom of peace, goodness, joy, enjoyment and total glory. He left all things that counted to him, all for me
Philippians 2:6-8 | AMP
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
Why do I deserve this?
I began to reminisce, he died for me yet I don’t deserve it.
Tears began to drop from my eyes when God told me this few days ago
He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
Christ after He left his glory(heaven) was despise, he was rejected, he was forsaken, he was poor, he ate from hand to mouth sir.
Don’t forget he was the son of a carpenter.
Chai, Christ was abandoned because he was still a child. The parent went looking for him at age twelve because he was but a child.
But when He was 30 years, he began ministering (Luke 3:23), at this moment the parent didn’t go and look for him (even if he was at the wilderness for 40 days and night) because he was now a full grown son
There are stages before a baby can become a full grown son same with the spiritual
The first stage is getting saved
You don’t get saved because of the fear of hell or the unknown, you get saved because you came into realisation that someone has paid the price for you.
Salvation is separated from sins and by means of separation from sins you are separated from sickness, lack, loss, poverty and death
The Holy Spirit want me to lay more emphasis on salvation.
Let go back to Isaiah 53: 7 – 8
You see sir, he was molested for you, he was oppressed for your sin, he was counted as a sinner because of your sins and he died in your place. (Emphasis)
All these was possible because He first love you.
We were saved by love
1 John 4:19
God still loves you, he want you to come to him as you are
Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.
Reality about a son
May God the Holy Spirit enlighten us more on this in Jesus Mighty Name.
I’ll be taking my first text from Rom. 8:19 and I’m using the HOLMANS TRANSLATION
“For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. “
Ladies and gentlemen, for us to fully understand our text, I’d like us to check out Isa 9:6
Unto us a CHILD is born and to us a SON is given…”- Isa.9:6
A CHILD is always BORN but a SON is not born, a SON is GIVEN! Hallelujah!
Christ was BORN as a CHILD in a manger but He was GIVEN as a SON on the cross!
As miraculous and special as the BIRTH of Christ as a CHILD was, it didn’t bring salvation to mankind UNTIL His DEATH on the cross as a SON! He didn’t go to the cross as a CHILD, He didn’t resurrect as a CHILD, He didn’t ascend to heaven as a CHILD, and He is not seated at the RIGHT HAND of the father as a CHILD; He did all these as a SON and He’s also COMING back for SONS that the Spirit is raising unto GLORY!
I want us to examine 2 interesting scriptures;
The 1st one is Jn.1:12 which says “as many that BELIEVE on His NAME, the same He gave POWER TO BECOME SONs of God”.
The 2nd scripture is Rom.8:14 which says “..as many that are LED by the Spirit, they are THE SONS of God”
Now, there is a distinction between the “power to BECOME SONS of God” and being THE SONS of God”; those that BELIEVE only receives the “power”(inherent dynamic ability, enablement, capacity) to BECOME SONS but those that are LED are not trying to BECOME, they are THE SONS!
One comes before the other; POWER TO BECOME SONS is what we first experience before we are being LED AS SONS!
The bible states clearly in 1Jn.3:2 “NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD!”
We need to understand that it’s one thing to BELIEVE on His name, which only gives the new born the power(inherent potency) to BECOME SONS, and its another thing to be LED(total submission, absolute surrender, complete dependence) by His SPIRIT, which makes us THE SONS!
“Glorified IGNORANCE” is the reason some believers are still “trying” to BECOME SONS instead of being THE SONS, which is being LED by His Spirit.
So, Jn. 1:12 talks about BELIEVE on His name (where we’re BORN as a CHILD), and Rom. 8:14 talks about being LED by the SPIRIT (where we are being GIVEN as a SON)!
Throughout the ministry of Jesus the Christ, He was LED by the Spirit and that is why God, the father had this testimony about Him; “this is my beloved SON in whom I’m well pleased”.
It’s so overwhelming that many in the Christendom are yet to truly understand the KINGDOM concept of SONSHIP, which the Father, who is the BEING QUA BEING, has incorporated into His kingdom agenda to bring about a MANifestation in/with us upon whom the end of times is come, even as time rolls back into eternity!
Men in their own agenda are producing clones of themselves, creating walls of DENOMINATIONS, factions, segregation, etc, but God produces “A NEW CREATION” in each individual He calls to Himself and knits them together by the Holy Spirit as SONS who are to be ONE in His SON.
So, while many in the Christendom are more concerned about spreading their denominations with some jingoistic MANipulations, God is more concerned about NEW CREATIONS, raising and gathering them as SONS as He ALONE prepares them for a glorious MANifestation!
Hey, the world and the entire creation is still waiting for the MANifestation of the SONS of God; they’ve seen enough “manifestation” of denominations!
Christ is not a pentecostal! Christ is not orthodox! Christ is not Anglican! Christ is not charismatic! Christ is not methodist! Christ is not protestant! Christ is not catholic! Christ is not baptist!
But there is one truth that is clear; Christ is the SON OF GOD and He died and was raised, in order to also raise many SONS unto glory!
He didn’t die to raise pentecostals, charismatics, catholics, orthodox, methodists, adventists, etc, He simply died and resurrected to raise SONS,
He’s not coming back for denominations; he’s coming back for SONS!
Rom.8:14 says “as many that are led by the Spirit, are the sons of God”
The bible in the CONTEXT of this scripture didn’t say “as many are the sons of God are led by the spirit” NO! it says ” as many as are led by the spirit are the sons of God”; what qualifies us to be SONS OF GOD is simply because we are LED BY THE SPIRIT!
It is only SONS that are LED by the Spirit! The Holy Spirit birthed the Church from the beginning and the same Spirit alone can make a READY BRIDE out of the Church!
Behold! The world still waits earnestly for the MANifestation of the SONS, NOT the manifestation of confused CHILDren! Selah!
Talking about MANifestation,
There’s no how we’d generically talk about MANifestation without going back to the beginning, to GENESIS, which is an adumbration of the whole bible, and the microcosm of the entire universe, as it firstly reveals vaguely, THE MANifold WISDOM OF GOD, which is God’s extraordinary plan incorporated in His eternal PURPOSE, which carries His ORIGINAL INTENT and design for MANkind and the earth.
With this WISDOM(Christ), God garnished the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth upon the waters, even as He separated the waters above from the waters below; wisdom was a creative ingredient in the universal creation.
“Now, let’s make MAN in our IMAGE, after our LIKEness….” – Gen.1:26.
This scripture is one of the most popular scriptures in the bible but most of us need to understand it.
I’ve always said that the IMAGE of God goes beyond physical appearance or structure, it has to do with the spirit God put in MAN(male and female).
God is the LIVING God and UNTIL He breathe into the MAN, he didn’t become a LIVING being; this is the IMAGE!
The IMAGE is SPIRITUAL and it transcends gender/sex; otherwise, you’d think of God as an hermaphrodite with both male and female urinogenital organs! Hmmm
If the “image” has to do with the physical appearance or structure of man, then the gorilla, baboon, bear and other animals like the apes are also in the “image” of God? NO!
This misunderstanding and misrepresentation of MAN being created in the (physical) IMAGE of God contributed to the ERROR of the evolution theory!
The IMAGE is spiritual, not physical!
There is a distinction between “image” and “likeness” and we are going to address what God meant by the “image” first, then the “likeness”:
“and after our LIKEness..” here, also goes beyond physical appearance or physique but the dimensional operation of God!
Let’s study Gen.1:26-28 very well; immediately after God said “after our LIKEness”, what
followed was “let them have DOMINION over the fish of the SEA(under the earth), over the
birds of the AIR(the heavens), and over all creeping animals on the EARTH(on earth)”; in essence, after our LIKEness simply means MAN should have DOMINION the same way God has DOMINION over all things!
MAN was created to have dominion/authority in the
LIKEness of God, to also RULE over or subdue all things LIKE God but the MAN fell from this
LIKEness(Dominion and Glory) which is the way of God, But thank God again for sending Christ, the LIKEness or radiance of His GLORY, who was given the NAME(authority/dominion/glory) above every other name so that “things” in the heavens, on earth and under the earth, that the MAN failed to subdue, and fell from RULING in the beginning will bow and confess(agree, concur, subdued, etc) that Christ is the Lord! So that our ways now becomes the ways of God through Christ, who is Lord over all “things”!
Now, we have only 2 KINDs of MAN; the generation of the
first Adam, and the new race birthed by the LAST ADAM(christ)!
Christ died as the “last Adam” to put an end to the generation of the corrupt MANkind on the cross, who fell from the IMAGE, and He resurrected as the “second Man” in order to birth a new race of MANkind to flow into the EXPRESS IMAGE of God through Him! (1cor.15:45&47).
We need to RECOGNIZE that there’s a difference between being the image of God and being the EXPRESS IMAGE of God;
RECOGNITION is the first true step to RECOVERY! Chai! I hope we are catching this!
We actually travelled back to genesis so that we can decode what about to explain from Rom. 8:15
We are going to be looking at Rom. 8:15 and from there we check out Rom. 8:19 which is our main text tonight!
“…but you have received the Spirit of ADOPTION, by whom we cry, Abba, Father”- Rom. 8:15
We need to understand the concept of “ABBA FATHER”;
“ABBA” is an aramaic word borrowed into the hebrew language and it means “father my father”;
We need to understand that Christ from the beginning was not the son, He’s THE WORD of God, then THE WORD according to God’s kingdom agenda had to put on flesh and dwell in the midst of men, He first of all was pronounced as the BEGOTTEN SON of God, which God testified to at baptism, but He became the GLORIFIED SON of God after His death and resurrection.
So, Paul in Rom.8:19 was talking about when we’d also be MANIFESTED/REVEALED as GLORIFIED SONS of God!
So by the SPIRIT, He became the SON and that same Spirit of adoption is what qualifies us to also cry “ABBA father”, a phrase Paul borrowed from the Jewish adoption tradition of father/sonship exercise, which is a tutoring process, UNTIL that son begins to talk, act, walk, and behave EXACTly/EXPRESSly like his biological father; this Jewish son is now “adopted”(accepted, confirmed) as a true son because he’s become the EXACT or EXPRESS IMAGE of his father!
ADOPTION is the Greek word “yiothesia” which simply means SON PLACING.
Becoming a son in the kingdom of God
1) there is need to first Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. The text above says as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God
2) We must grow daily on the things of the kingdom of God. There is no parent who will be happy seeing his five years old child crawling. That is not growth. Now the Bible says in Hebrews 5:12-14, For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. God wants us to grow into the fullness of Christ and not to remain babe in the things of His kingdom
3) We must be led by the Spirit of God. To become a true son of God, we must be matured enough to be led by the Spirit of God. Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Another thing that can also make us to truly claim the sonship of God Almighty is that, Jesus actually became a son by the things He suffered. He was rejected by His own and those He came to die for. He was hated by the world He left His throne to die for. I believe in becoming a true son of God, there are suffering and rejection involve because you cannot do what others are doing or say things that others takes pleasure in saying. Your life must be distinct from others. Holiness and sanctification must be your lifestyle.
The process of sonship
Brethren, we are going to be looking at about 6 different dimensional frequency of SONSHIP, because our understanding of the process of SONSHIP is what would make us comprehend the glorious MANifestation or REVELATION of the SONS of God brother Paul is talking about.
The first is BREPHOS, which means a NEW BORN baby.
BREPHOS was used in 1pet2:2 “as NEW BORN BABES(brephos), desire the sincere milk of the word that you may GROW…”
Everyone of us begins at “brephos” in this process of sonship that the father has incorporated into His kingdom agenda!
The third is PAIDION, which means a child under tutelage; this is not the tutelage of the law, but the very tutelage of the holy spirit of Christ enabling the child/son through the process of sonship to walk, talk, and behave like the father through Christ, His EXPRESS IMAGE.
The second is NEPIOS, which means an infant CHILD; those at this level are children still tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
For example, in 1Cor.13:11, NEPIOS was used by Paul addressing the Corinthian Christians; “when I was a child(nepios), I talked like a child(nepios), I thought like a child(nepios), I reasoned like a child(nepios). But when I became an adult, I set aside childishness(nepios)”.
The next is HUIOS, which means the MATURE SON.
HUIOS is the word used in Rom.8:14 “for those that are LED BY THE SPIRIT, they are the SONS(Huios) of God”
The next one is TEKNON, which simply means begotten son or descendant.
TEKNON was used by Paul when addressing Timothy as son in the faith. God also used TEKNON for Jesus in Jn.3:16, being God’s primogeniture. I believe the disciples/apostles were at the TEKNON level when Jesus said to them in Jn13:33 “Children(teknia), I am still with you for a little while…”
The final is the TELOIS, which means the highly REVEALED, perfect or COMPLETE son.
TELOIS is what Paul is talking about in the glorious MANifestation in Rom. 8:19
There’s an interconnection between HUIOS and TELOIS.
There’s a difference between wearing the DESIGNATION as Sons of God by position, and the MANIFESTATION as Sons of God
In other words, by POSITION, we are already sons of God, but by REVELATION, we’d become GLORIFIED SONS of God! Glory!
Please you need to understand this 👆
To close so I don’t bore you with long epistle, I’d like us to observe this scripture 👇
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he SHALL BE MY SON”. Rev. 21:7
The encapsulation on the divine process of SONSHIP is this:
We were born as babes(Brephos), tutored as growing children(Paidon), raised as begotten children(Teknon), and we are given as mature sons(Huios) till we manifest as perfect/complete sons(Telois);
ALL DONE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF CHRIST!
There’s a relationship between SONSHIP, MATURITY and SUBMISSION in the enforcement of the KINGDOM!
Foolishness could be in the heart of a child, but at MATURITY, we fully become SONS, and only sons fully SUBMIT to the father’s WILL!
Sons are known for submission; this is the KINGDOM pattern!
Submission to God’s will in obedience and character is a determinant for SONSHIP!
It is one thing to enjoy the TITLE of son and heir and the privileges that come with that POSITION. It is quite another thing to submit oneself to the school of obedience and unjust SUFFERING that produces within us the character of the FIRSTBORN SON, to whose IMAGE all other SONS are to be conformed. (Rom. 8:29)
So, Paul was talking here not just about the inheritance of our sonship through faith, but more specifically about the unmistakable MANIFESTATION of that sonship, here on this earth and in this mortal life, that must be witnessed by ALL creation. Those who, in the coming days, will be REVEALED to ALL creation as “manifested sons” of God would be those who have yielded to the Spirit’s training in ALL aspects of SONSHIP by the working and enablement of the same Spirit!
Getting knowledge about Salvation and it’s works
I have seen many Christians that are lacking health yet they say they are saved
To be sincere 70% of the masses that are poor claimed they receive Christ
I have seen Christian that are jobless and lack supply of need
Then I asked “Is it that the Bible is lying or they are not truly saved?
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
3 John 1
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.
Isaiah 53:8, 2 Peter 2:24 talks about health too
Then what is actually wrong?
It is because they lack knowledge about the Salvation which they have received
Hosea 4:6 | KJV
My people perish for the lack of knowledge
We need to pray tonight
God can use you to do mighty works.
All you need to do is to allow him take the wheel of your life.
Get thirsty for manifestation.
Build your capacity for glorification through the word.
Never get tired of study the word and prepare your heart through prayer and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Therefore My people go into captivity [to their enemies] without knowing it And because they have no knowledge [of God]. And their honorable men [their glory] are famished, and their common people are parched with thirst.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
I said yesterday and I a repeating I have seen men that failed, Christians women that are barren, Christian graduates that are jobless, pastors that are poor.
Then I asked why is this?
All these lack in christiandom is because Christians lack knowledge on Who they are in Christ
Let me say this until you know you cannot act
You see men that prays and pray yet there is little result.
Do you know why? It is because they don’t know what they suppose to be asking for or what they have
Let me say this – praying is simply saying Gods words back to him.
Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
You grasp an understanding that Exo 15:26 says if I am obedient Sickness can’t come near me.
Isaiah 53:8 says by his stripes I am healed
Then when sickness comes and you go to pray you tell God, I have been faithful in keeping your words I know you are faithful to sickness in my body be gone
Immediately the sickness will disappear
Father help me to bring out the revelation behind this scripture and help your children to understand it in Jesus name. Amen
If you read from verse 17 you will get this
When Paul was praying in Phil 3:10, I wonder how can a man whose shadow cast out demons, who was the most vibrant apostles of his time come so lowly and say
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
Then I discovered what he meant in Ephesians 1:17
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him
Paul was praying here, let God open your heart that you may see the wisdom and revelation about this salvation you have received
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
He said that you can understand….
What you cannot understand you cannot pray it into reality
You see even Paul said in this package of Salvation you receive, the knowledge of God contains many inheritance
Name anything you are lacking, it is embedded in this inheritance
Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
There was a power, the power of God raise up Jesus from among the dead, gave him a name above all names and makes him seat at the right of God in heavenly places
Something then happened
From verse 21
Jesus is now places far above
1) principality e.g demons, fallen angels, custodian of generational glory, controller of family success
2) power e.g marine powers, celestial powers, spiritual powers, terrestrial powers.
3) might and dominion e.g economy breakdown, government decree that will affect God’s will, poverty, curses, sickness, barrenness, joblessness, lack, anger name them
From verse 22
Then he did not just have dominion but he put all things under his feet
All these powers he has, he gave it to the church, although he is still the head of the church
Who is the church?
Christians are the church
So by the virtue of this all your problems are under you
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
You are complete in Christ!
Therefore sickness has no power over you!
Death has no power over you!
Barreness has no power over you!
Failure has no power over you!
Addictions has no power over you!
Sin has no power over you!
Demons has no power over you!
Joblessness has no power over you!
I decree now you are free indeed!
Let us pray!!!
A special appreciation to all contributors of this article:
1) Apostle Dollars who is known as THE VOICE.
2) Evang Omode Victor.
I appreciate all members of Called to be sons whatsapp group.