Begotten son vs. adopted child

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Begotten sons are not adopted children

begotten sonBegotten son or adopted child what exactly does it mean to be “born again”?  It is of extreme importance that we recognize the nature of the salvation that we have received.  Salvation is a work of regeneration, or in other words, we receive the very life of God.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  John 1:12

We are born of God.  We receive the power to become His sons.  We have been born again by the Spirit of God.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 1 John 5:1

When a sinner believes in the Lord Jesus, he not only receives salvation but new life from God. He becomes a begotten son, not just any son but a “natural-born” son.  If we are natural-born sons of God or in this case “supernaturally” born children, then how can this relationship be undone?

If you have a bad, rebellious and undisciplined son you could deny him in a court of law, but he continues to be your son.  An evil son is also begotten or born of his father.  He shares the same life as a member of the family.  The same occurs between God and us.  We receive the power to become begotten sons.  Even if we become disobedient and undisciplined we are still sons of God, it is a question of nature and relationship.  There is no way to change this.

The only way to terminate the relationship between father and son is through the death of one of the two.  We know that God cannot die and now that we have received eternal life, spiritual death has no power over us.

After Adam sinned, God placed a cherub with a flaming sword at the entrance of the garden thus preventing him from eating of the tree of life and living eternally.

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” Genesis 3:22

Born again Christians today are the redeemed sons and daughters of God.  Today we eat of the true tree of Life, which is Christ Jesus, and therefore we receive eternal life and will live eternally.  This is a fact that we cannot change. This is the meaning of being a begotten son.

The truth is that we are more sons of God than Adam was.  God did not beget Adam.  Adam was God’s creature.  He was no more God’s son than Frankenstein’s monster was the son of Frankenstein. God created Adam from the dust of the earth, but Christians are born into God’s family as sons not just as God’s creation.

Jesus Christ was formerly the only begotten son of God.  Because of the cross, He became the first-born of many brethren.  The only way to enter into God’s family is through the new birth.  Because God begat us we are heirs of God.  God has no adopted children, He begat them all through the new birth by the Spirit.  When the Bible teaches about “adoption” as sons, we need to understand that the term did not mean adoption in the way that we understand it today.  The word translated in the Bible as adoption in modern English denoted the passage of a begotten son that formerly as a child had been treated with fewer privileges than a slave, but later on had become a mature son having full access to his father’s estate.  So once again, spiritual birth because of its nature is irreversible.  No son can become unborn!  No child of God can find himself out of the family. Once born into the family one becomes a permanent member of the family.  Whether distant or near, good or bad, grateful or bitter, God has all kinds of Children with all kinds of attitudes.

It is true that God has His pattern.  He expects His Children to reflect His divine characteristics, yet many do not, and the truth is that to some extent, all fail.  The Word of God teaches that he who claims to be without sin deceives himself and the truth is not in him (1 John 1:8 ).  It is very difficult for the religious mind to accept the doctrine of begotten son-ship. If our position as sons depended on our faithfulness and capacity to endure until the end, then God’s choice of metaphor, the symbol of the relationship between Himself and His people would have been tragically inadequate.  Only the God of Christianity reveals Himself as “Father”.  This is strikingly significant and even more so that you and I can become a begotten son of the eternal Father.

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