Under the divine government of the universe, there were two things that stood in God’s way of making fallen human beings His children, first, they were not His children by birth and second, they were law-breakers. God’s marvelous remedy is described in John 1:12 where the Greek word translated “power” was used in a court of law for “a legal right to be or do something.” This means to those who receive the Lord Jesus as their Savior, He is the One who died for and as them on the Cross and satisfied the justice required for their sin. As a result, God gave them legal right to become His children.
To fully understand the “power to become the sons of God” we need to examine the Greek word huios. Huios is a Greek word used in John’s Gospel to describe the children of God being in a legal and mature relationship with God. The word huios was only used by Luke concerning Jesus, the Son of God. Luke wrote that Gabriel appeared and declared to the virgin Mary; “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son (Huios) of God.” (Luke 1:35)
Paul used huios in his letter to the Galatians in describing both The Son and the sons of God, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son (Huios), born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons (huios). Because you are sons (huios), God sent the Spirit of his Son (Huios) into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:4-6)
In his letter to the Romans Paul uses the word huios to describe believers who are maturing into being true followers and are being led by the Spirit. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (huios: maturing believers) of God (Romans 8:14). Paul also wrote to the Thessalonians, “You are all sons (huios) of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
Our regeneration that takes place in the children of God is based upon and dependent upon our being justified by the substitutionary death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The Creator of the Universe stepped down from heaven and at Calvary paid the full price for the penalty justly required for sin. He procured the legal right for us to receive the mercy of God.
Because of this price being paid, nothing now stands in the way of a just God justifying, regenerating and placing us into His family as His sons. Hallelujah!
It is this glorious revelation that Paul describes in the ministry of the Holy Spirit action as the Spirit of Adoption. The Holy Spirit first justifies the believer and then immediately begins regenerating or changing the believer by placing the believer in the family of God while, at the same time taking up residence within the believer. With development and maturity, the Holy Spirit authorizes us to serve as a son of God under all the rights and privileges of God’s only begotten Son.
The Spirit of Adoption (Holy Spirit) is the current legal representative of the Godhead on the earth. It is He, the Holy Spirit, who lives within we who believe. Through Him living in us we become partakers of God’s divine nature and partners with Him in life (2 Peter 1:1-4).
Having a warm, wonderful and growing relationship with the Holy Spirit is not a kick or trend, but a pioneering standard of both a legal and a spiritual reality which ensures the certainty of our encountering and experiencing the manifest presence of God. The altar’ed life can only be lived out in His Presence and Glory.
After we are born again, the Holy Spirit sees us as a child and son of God. He desires to bring us to maturity, to lead and guide us into all truth, and to enable purity (the ability to live righteously). He also empowers authority (the ability to heal the sick and cast our demons). These goals of His promote us toward having healthy, vibrant, reciprocal, and mutual relationships with the Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and others of like precious faith.
The Holy Spirit will never make you feel intimidated, manipulated, or dominated in any way. He is the perfect gentleman. He is kind and gentle as like a wonderful loving father. He will never make you feel threatened by being overbearing. He loves you and desires to impart, enable and empower you to live life to the fullest.
He wants to fill your life with the Kingdom of God which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)
God’s act of justifying, regenerating and sanctifying us is an eternal process of His gracious love, for He fore-ordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto Himself, according to the good pleasure of his will (Ephesians 1:5 KJV). The motive and impulse of His purpose (Fatherhood), which results in our adoption, is eternally real and active.
In one sense, God first bestowed His adoption upon Israel (Romans 9:4). “Israel is my son, my first-born” (Exodus 4:22). But, God could not reveal Himself completely without revealing His marvelous love upon all human beings (whether Jew or Gentile, male or female, slave or free)..
When “God sent forth his Son” to redeem those that were “under the law,” it became possible for men who were and were not under the law (both Jew and Gentile) to receive the Spirit of Adoption; for to those who are willing to receive Him, He sent the Spirit of the eternal Son (the Holy Spirit, i.e. the Spirit of Adoption) to testify in their hearts that they are sons of God, and to give them confidence and utterance to enable them to call God their Father.
This brings us to the marvelous words of the Apostle John. “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).
Have a blessed day!