The Good News of Divine Sonship

Sunday, February 03, 2013

“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” (1 John 3:2).

Scripture Reading: John 3:1–15

John, the beloved apostle, rejoiced over the good news of God’s love for people as revealed in their obtaining divine sonship as a present possession. He saw this assurance of divine sonship as one of the expressions of God’s great love for sinners (1 John 3:1).
John rejoiced in a precious gift from God that is a present possession. He rejoiced in the glad assurance that eternal life had come to himself and to other believers through faith in Jesus Christ. This great joy of knowing that you are a child of God is made possible by the birth from above, the birth of the Spirit.

1) The must of the new birth.
When Nicodemus, the ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus, he discovered that to truly be a child of Abraham and a child of God, a person must experience a birth from above, a birth of the Spirit (John 3:1–7). Nicodemus had labored under the mistaken impression that to be a citizen of the Jewish nation automatically made one a child of Abraham and a child of God. Jesus shocked and disturbed him with the news that Jewish citizenship was not adequate for a person to enter into the kingdom of God as a child of God. Jesus informed this outstanding Jewish religious leader that obedience to the law and a life of excellent moral behavior did not equip one for citizenship in heaven. Jesus affirmed that a spiritual birth must take place within the heart if one is to receive spiritual life and become a participant in the work of God on earth.

People need a new birth from above because of their sinful nature.
Since the fall of humankind, each descendant of Adam has received a nature that makes it natural to live a life of sin rather than a life of righteousness. In the natural state, people are not fit for heaven. In the natural state, people would not be happy in heaven if they could go there at the end of their earthly lives.

God’s holy nature requires that we experience a new birth.
God is holy, righteous, and pure. God is love. For humans to have fellowship with God, they must have a nature similar to God’s. This new nature is received in embryonic form in the spiritual birth experience by which believing sinners put faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
Apart from a spiritual birth, people do not enjoy divine sonship. Instead, they are the children of the evil one (John 8:44). This may be a shocking truth for some to discover. People need to recognize that they do not receive the divine nature in the physical birth. They are, however, made with a capacity to experience the divine birth and to receive the divine nature.

2) The marks of the new birth.
As children bear physical features and characteristics similar to those of earthly parents and grandparents, even so children of God will receive a new nature that will make it possible for them to experience and manifest the nature and the characteristics of the Father God.

A new appetite for righteousness.
Until people have experienced the new birth, they have no intense hunger and thirst for the things of God. Once they have been born into the family of God, they have a hunger for the things of God (Matt. 5:6). As a newborn baby hungers for nourishment, even so the new child of God will hunger for the truth about God and for fellowship with God.

A new adoration for God (1 John 4:19).
Until they have experienced the new birth, people may fear God and resent him as they rebel against him. Once the Spirit of God has brought about the miracle of the new birth within, there comes with it a love for the Father.

A new attitude toward sin (1 John 3:8–10).
Sin has been recognized as that which is destructive. It is that which brings harm and hurt into one’s life. It is that which grieves the heart of God. Newborn Christians have within their hearts turned from the love of sin. They want to do the will of God. They want to avoid that which is displeasing to God.

A new affection for the people of God (1 John 3:14).
Those who have experienced the new birth now have a love for the church, the people of God, that they did not have before. They recognize in their fellow believers their brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. They discover that there is a tie that binds their hearts together in Christian love and fellowship.

A new desire to do the will of God (1 John 2:17).
Instead of revolting against the will of God, newborn Christians discover that the will of God is the road map to the highest possible happiness and to the greatest possible achievement in life. Obedience to the revealed will of God becomes the normal pattern for their behavior once they have experienced the miracle of the new birth.

3) The means to the new birth.

Our sonship with God is a spiritual relationship. It is the result of the creative activity of God’s Spirit.
Our sonship is divine. We become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). The very nature of God is planted in the life center of the soul when we become new creatures in Christ Jesus.
In this experience, God becomes our Father. He knows our needs and our problems. He responds to us in love and mercy. Thus Jesus Christ becomes our Elder Brother. He is not only our Savior, but he is our Leader and Guide.

Now in Conclusion

We do not obtain this experience of the new birth as the result of strict obedience to the law of God. Jesus Christ is the only one who has ever kept the law of God perfectly.
We do not receive the new birth as a result of great benevolence and faithful service. The new birth is a divine spiritual change that is wrought in the heart and life of a person when he responds with faith to the Christ who was lifted up to die for the sins of us all. As the Israelites looked with faith to the brazen serpent and were healed of the malady that was bringing about death, we must look with faith to Christ who was crucified that we might receive forgiveness and obtain the gift of eternal life (John 3:14–15).
The new birth is the divine side of the experience of our conversion. The human side calls for us to turn from the life of self-righteousness and sin and turn to Jesus Christ, trusting him and him alone for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of new life. This response on our part to the good news about God makes it possible for God to bring about within us the miracle of the new birth. Once this has happened, we can join with the apostle John in saying, “Now are we the sons of God.”

God bless you, Pastor Mike
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    Pastor Mike,

    I agree with Erin it was very clear and to the point, there is no excuse how we should conduct our lives and yes it's so true the minute Adam & Eve sinned their off springs to man today will only struggle more and more as sin only gets worst because of how man has changed there thinking.

    It is a sad world to be in and so hard to cut off the sin from our lives I can only say that we have to keep up the good fight and yes I will always fail but I am so happy that we have the Holy Spirit for conviction and the desire to do better and most of all the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

    Without him we are completely and utterly castrated from the love of God.

    Thanks for the message it's messages like these that will stimulate our minds and our hearts to head in the right direction.

    God bless Pastor and keep up the Good Work you are called to do.

    With Love and Grace,

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    1899 days ago
    Well said. Love the blog

    1901 days ago
    What a wonderful blog!
    Thank You for teaching and encouraging!
    Thank You for spreading the good news!
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  • BOVEY63
    Beautiful blog Pastor Mike.
    Have a blessed day!
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  • ERIN1957
    Pastor Mike, I absolutely love how you taught this. The words were perfect and I so understood it so clearly. Thank you so very much for this very important message.

    I can not even tell you how I have been changed and how I am evolving through these changes, that are occurring the more I seek Him. It is just as you said;"The human side calls for us to turn from the life of self-righteousness and sin and turn to Jesus Christ, trusting him and him alone for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of new life." How could we not feel the love and share it with others!

    Loved this teaching today!!
    You are awesome!
    God Bless,
    1906 days ago
    Thank You, Jesus for rescuing me!! I am a new creature in Christ...old things are passed away, I am new! That old Laura died, and a New Laura was reborn, that's the way Jesus sees me. How Merciful....what GRACE!!
    My life has been shaken by this Lamb...:::: I will never be the same again...PTL!

    ...:::praising Him in Spirit & in Truth! emoticon Laura
    1906 days ago
    As always I have enjoyed this blog as so with so many others. I have been sick, and I have been involved with a ministry at my church. Many blessings have come from both even through the pain from illness my flesh resisted and hated. I tried my very best to use the duration of time (
    December 5, to my surgery January 18th) to work on the fruit of patience. Can you believe in Dec. it all started with a simple cold? Well, as we pass through the days of our lives we can use anything and everything to glorify God and grow into mature Christians, and to bless others while we ourselves are in pain or bad circumstances. I just thank God, I humble myself, and tell God thank you for using me!

    Your statement catch my mind’s eye: "In the natural state, people would not be happy in heaven if they could go there at the end of their earthly lives." Our flesh must be killed off until it is entirely not present. The more so we do so the blessed experiences in heaven will be adorned upon us more and more. This I know not from reading a book, nor attending a Sunday school class. Bit as each year I try my best to shed more and more of my flesh. At first the task at hand seemed more than I could bare! But through God's tender love and mercy He made me succeed at this ripping away of my earthy desires, lust, and sinful thoughts, judgmental attitudes and words, complaining, of you know the list could go on. But as I continued to keep God's words precious to me each day, as I abided in God he at times made this task effortless for me, for at times it was not me doing the work it was He which did the work in me. At such times as my totally reliance upon God manifested completely it was God's Spirit which was able to control my thoughts, words, and actions.
    When such things happen from God I think mammy times we are not even aware. We must be of a humble nature to be given the gift of through acknowledgement; God's work was done through us in such a POWERFUL way.

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    Comment edited on: 2/4/2013 10:34:42 AM
    this is a beautiful blog! There is nothing that can describe the joy in being born in Him. EAch day, with His support, I make it the best day possible.

    1906 days ago
  • BAKER1009
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    1906 days ago
    When the Holy Ghost came in me I felt the peace of God that stayed with Me I needed that so much for my situations God put me in A strong faith and a hunger for knowledge He never left me.
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    WooHoo! We are His!
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    Or in my case, a daughter of God! emoticon
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