The Sons of God
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
I John 3:1-3
- There are only two kinds of people on earth at any point in time: the sons of God and the sons of the devil; the vessels of honour and the vessels of dishonour; the vessels of mercy and the vessels of wrath (Rom 9:21-24; Eph 2:1-7; John 3:6; 8:47; 10:26).
- Having recently studied the full assurance a believer can have of eternal life in a series of messages called, “No Fine Line,” we realized that our sonship in Jesus Christ is what John sought to prove by the Holy Ghost in his first epistle, especially chapter 3.
- I John 3:1 has two important lessons – the incredible fact of adoption by God, and the world’s ignorance of us. Though we are the sons of God walking on planet earth, they no more recognize us than they did Jesus Christ (I Cor 2:8,15; Gal 6:14).
- I John 3:2 has two important lessons – our present position as a child of God in several ways, and our future glorification and manifestation to the universe as the sons of God with Jesus Christ our brother (Rom 8:17-19; I Cor 15:35-58).
- I John 3:3 has one important lesson – grasping the true reality of our adoption would cause us to live more holy lives.
- From the beginning of the Bible to the end of the Bible and in between, it is a record of the sons of God (Gen 6:1-3; Rev 21:7).
- There is a chart at the bottom of this outline containing a visual picture with many scriptures of our adoption in five phases.