Prov. 23:6 π Prov. 23:7 π Mt. 22:37 π Heb. 5:5 π Rev. 3:12 π Rev. 21:7
“…Christ glorified not Himself to be made a high priest, but He (God) said unto Him (Jesus), You are My Son, today have I begotten You.” ( Heb. 5:5; top )
Obviously, Jesus is the only pattern for being a true Son of God.
The whole creation, subject to its own vanities, groans in this hour, burdened by a homicidal mentality, Sodom-like sins, hunger, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and apostasy; while the body of Christ, seeing end-time prophecies being fulfilled daily, lacks the dedication to surrender to total obedience to Almighty God.
Unless we are led only by the Spirit of God, we will not be His true Sons; if we live after Christ’s righteousness, this living will condemn the sins of our flesh. So the flesh must die, so the spirit can totally rule. Then we no longer need to live with faith in faith, but live by the faith of the Son of God. Then we are true Sons of God, because we can see Him as He truly is.
We haven’t yet experienced the comparable temptations that Jesus experienced as our Savior, nor have we resisted to a place of shedding great drops of blood, but we have been told to surrender our bodies a living sacrifice for the Lord’s use; and just as important is the surrender of our intelligence to the Father’s perfect reasoning, as Jesus did. However, the intellectual approach will subtly propose, “If you think right thoughts, you’ll live right.” But we know man is required to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, not our minds. Many Christians even quote, “As a man thinks, so is he…” ( Prov. 23:7 ) but a close perusal of Scripture says concerning this that an evil (or miserly) host, as he thinks in his evil heart, so is he. (see Prov. 23:6; top ) A true Christian is not a result of how he thinks, but whether he has a living relationship with Almighty God (God in him, via the new birth).
After our pondering whether we want to totally overcome to qualify as a true son, and the cost involved has been truly evaluated, and whether being a servant or being humbled like Jesus and further knowing that the self-life must die, then, if we think this price is too great a price to pay, a ringing inner voice proclaims, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” ( Mt. 22:37; top ) And then, somewhat reluctantly as we cease our resisting, homes and lands, Cadillacs and prosperity fade from our minds, and we hear a voice out of the eternities proclaiming, “He that overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God and he shall no more go out and I will write upon him the name of My God!” ( Rev. 3:12; top )
The original pillar of fire has made us an eternal member of the household of the redeemed, true Sons of the living God.
Then, from the depths of outer darkness, lost souls in anguish in horrible afflictions, in cruel exploitations, and in bondage to every horror of evil – these souls now sense the intercession and travail of the True Sons, and they are eternally persuaded that neither their sin, nor possible death, nor the foulest principality of darkness can separate them from the depth of God’s love.
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be His God and he shall be My son.” ( Rev. 21:7; top )
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