In order to be a son, you have to have a father. A son comes from the father.
Take a look at Eli and John... John is a copy of His father, a duplicate. All that Eli is, went into his son. It's obvious to anyone who is looking, that John is Eli's Son as John RESEMBLES his father.
Now take a look at Pastor Gary and his son... Ooops, JJ is not a copy of his father and there really isn't any resemblance at all. JJ does
not resemble his father, nor is he a duplicate.. However... All that Gary is, goes into his son and JJ does resemble of his
father in moral virtue, ways of thinking, Gary's belief system and love for God is transferred to his son. JJ REFLECTS his father.
When God looks at His sons, he should see someone that both resembles and reflects Himself.
Who can be a Son of God?
Technically ANYONE can be a son of God:
12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
So according to the Word of God, anyone can be a son of God, if you both receive Him and believe on His name.
Is that it?
NO.... there is more.
You also have to be led by His spirit:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Being led by the spirit does not come quickly nor does it come easy. You have to learn about god, learn to hear God's voice and decide to become obedient to it.
No one had to teach you how to sin. that came naturally. You were born into sin. You naturally follow your own wrong desires, leading to
such sins as lying, stealing, and hating. Rather than being a child of God, you are born a child of disobedience and wrath.
So you have to be taught. It goes against our nature.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the
mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Without God's guidance, we were trapped in sin until God paved the way to salvation and son-ship.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Verse 8 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
You cannot be saved, nor can you become a child of God without God's grace and Love.
So... How do we know that we are a son of God?
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Jesus was CONNECTED to his father and couldn't bear being separated:
Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 - My God, why hast thou forsaken me.
(Remember My testimony of how I felt disconnected to God )
That was a witness to me.
How awesome is it? - Its better than what the angels can have:
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again,
I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
So, it is a tremendous honor to be a son of God, it seems ( by looking at the world ) that not too many people will achieve such an honor.
There are a lot of saved folks, but how many will put forth the effort to get to know god, become familiar with His spirit and obedient to
His will to the point of being led by the spirit and stay connected??
Evang. WK Bowen