September 12, 2018
In numerous places in the New Testament we find reference to the sons of God. Who are the sons of God? The simple answer, is that the sons of God are those who have experienced salvation, who have appropriated the work of Christ to their lives, and have been adopted into the family of God. In other words, it is every believer, on every continent and in every generation, since the birth of the church. We the church, are the Sons of God.
If someone were to ask how can I identify a son of God? How would I know if I have encountered a son of God? What would you tell them? How should we describe the sons of God to those who are inquiring about the nature and disposition of a son of God?
I think the answer should go something like this…
The sons of God are those who have been captured by the kingdom of God.
If you look closely in the New Testament, you will see that the early church was possessed with the cause of the Gospel, or the good news; that the Kingdom of God has come, our deliverance is here.
Therefore, the first sons of God, the disciples of Jesus, became men of great conviction. Men of conviction, men possessed by the Kingdom; and the world took notice.
Perhaps that might even be the best word to describe a son of God, a man or woman of deep “conviction.”
A quick look at a dictionary reveals the following as an applicable definition of conviction: “the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says”.
A son of God, is therefore one who is firmly convinced of their belief in THE Son of God. It is a conviction that so grips their heart that it alters the way they live, and directs the way that they think. This is the description of a son or a daughter of God.
This conviction is not a value or trait that is added onto one’s resume, but is all consuming. One writer describes conviction this way:
Conviction is not something that you have, it is something that has you!
And that is what the world is looking for. This kind of conviction impacts the world.
The simple truth is; People are not interested in what you have, they are interested in what has you!