Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about hearing from God. We are supposed to hear from God — and we should be hearing from Him for ourselves. We need to approach God in neutral. We need to will to do His will.
When all of those things take place, something interesting happens.
Unfortunately, though, it’s an extremely important area that trips up many, many people.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
Two different words are used in the Bible for the word son.
- John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
In this context, son means a child by birth. It means God’s name is on your birth certificate. Whether you look and act like Him or not, if you’ve accepted Jesus, God is your Father.
- In Romans 8:14, we see a different use of the word son, where the parent can be identified because the child resembles the parent. In other words, you look and act like your Father. This verse is more than God’s name on your birth certificate. It this verse, you’re called a son of God because you look like Him.
This verse was written for mature Christians, reminding them that they have to be led by the Spirit if they want to see God show up and manifested in their lives, or if they want to look like Him and see His results.
Being called a Son of God because of the resemblance is a choice available to everyone — but not everyone makes that choice.
Some people look at accepting Jesus as a way to get out of hell. They’re right, but they’ve missed the mark. Getting out of hell was a byproduct.
The whole of our faith is about having a relationship with Jesus. If we want to be called a son of God because we resemble Him, we have to be led by the Spirit.
Put it this way — have you ever seen a parent with a child who had a completely different physical appearance? Say one parent has black hair and brown eyes, and the child has blonde hair and blue eyes. If you had to pick out the child based solely on appearance, you’d never pick that this child belonged to that parent.
However, closer observation shows that this child walks the same way, says the same words, and has the same response to a situation. Some relationships can be seen because the child acts just like their parent in what they say and do. You know exactly who they belong to because of their characteristics.
That should be our goal — being seen as God’s child in word and deed. The only way there is to be led by the Spirit.
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