Pod Prep: 1-13-17
Are Christians Real Sons of God or Just Adopted?
A SUBTLE COMPROMISE OF GOD’S PLAN
Are Christians God’s “adopted” sons, or will we be His REAL sons after the resurrection? Does it matter? Will Christians be, in a sense, “baby Gods” as newborn members of God’s Family or just adoptees? Are true converts destined to be IN the Family of God or is it a closed group of only three for all eternity? The popular belief and concept of a closed completed Godhead, the trinity, does not allow for more sons of God beyond Jesus. This belief is subtle but makes an enormous difference. If the God head is a closed family unit, it limits the destiny of converted mankind. Will others be added to the God family? The world is deceived into believing that it is closed. See Rev 12:9. Our deceived world demands that all churches accept the trinity or be considered a cult.
CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN OF MANY BRETHREN
In Col. 1:18, Paul plainly states, “
He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
Romans 8:29 states, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren.”
Converts will follow Jesus INTO the family of God by the same process of conversion, begettal, baptism, spiritual growth and resurrection from the dead. Note John 3:3-6. We can call Christ our brother. Note Heb. 2:11. Son ship is so much deeper and richer than just adoption. We will experience real spiritual birth not just adoption and predestination or calling.
ALL THE CREATION AWAITS THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD
Those called now in the first wave will be the first to experience this magnificent resurrection. See Ro. 8:16-19. We are all adopted by the same spiritual father as Christ. We are to be born into a real Family, the Family of God. Note Ro. 8:23, 30. Note the word ‘glorified’. What a destiny! ALL MANKINDS SUFFERING WILL BE JUSTIFIED BY OUR AWESOME REWARD!
Moses could not look upon God’s face or he would die. No human could withstand the brightness and power of God presence. He could not look God in the face, but after the resurrection we will be able to do so because we will be in the same family. We will be made of the same spiritual essence. Having lesser powers but the same material. Notice and compare Exodus 33:20 and I John 3:1-2.
I John 3:2 states “Beloved, now we are 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. “ We can look him in the eye as a newborn family member. God is a light or power which no mortal can approach. See I Tm. 6:16.
The First Resurrection at the Last Trump of God will be the moment of our elevation. See I Cor. 15:52-53. We will be indestructible like God. Wow! We will shine like stars. Note Dan 12:2-3. We will be new members of God’s family. Therefore be encouraged by these things.