by David Weber
I feel the need to express a few things today; some things
that are foundational to our understanding of "sonship,"
as many Christians are not very familiar with the true meaning of "sonship"
or "the adoption of sons" or "the placement of sons"
as those things are revealed to us in scripture.
It is no wonder that a dark veil has been pulled over the understanding
of most Christians regarding "sonship," for the revelation
of sonship is something that the devil ferociously withstands, and that
because the Christian progression from spiritual children to spiritual
sons means the enemy's very undoing.
"For the anxious longing of the creature waits
eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subject
to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in
hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery
to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of
childbirth until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having
the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons..." (Romans
Beloved, even a brief glimpse into this passage of scripture from Romans
should reveal to us that the "adoption of sons" or the unveiling
of the Son in fullness in a company of sons is something which yet lies
ahead for the body of Christ. We, who have received a measure of the
Spirit now wait ...GROANINGLY WAIT! for our adoption as sons. We were
foreordained unto adoption as sons, but the actual adoption is something
for which we are now waiting. Thus, this "adoption" is not
simply the matter of our coming into the family of God through regeneration
of our spirit, but rather, it is something which is the end result of
God's fiery dealings with us unto the full and complete surrender of
There have been vast amounts of erroneous teaching about "adoption"
and "sonship" in the body of Christ, and that mostly because
men have looked at biblical adoption through the eyes of modern western
culture. But beloved, the traditional Hebrew view of "the adoption
of a son" has absolutely nothing to do with the placement of an
orphan into a foster home, rather, it has to do with a young man coming
into a place of maturity whereby the full authority and resources of
his father are bestowed upon him.
With this in mind, can you not see why the devil would do everything
in his power to blind the children of God to the message of their full
inheritance and adoption as sons? When MATURE sons of God are made manifest
beloved (the man-child
of Revelation 12), the enemy will lose his place, he will lose his kingdom,
he will lose his title, he will even lose his evil grip on creation!
He loses everything!
"Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Christ has come, for the accuser of the brethren
has been thrown down..." (Revelation
Dear ones, the catching up of the manchild of Revelation 12 to the throne
of God is none other than the sons of God coming into their place of
full authority and power in the kingdom; that which the devil has feared
the most, and that for which all of creation has been groaning like
a woman in the travail of childbirth. The devil has fought hard to keep
the light of the inheritance in Christ from Christian believers ...
but beloved ... it is now time for us to rise and shine for our light
has come! It is time for us to know by the spirit of wisdom and revelation
the hope of our calling; which is the full riches and power and authority
of our Father bestowed upon us, and that for the purpose of setting
all of His creation free from its slavery to corruption and death so
that even it (creation itself) might come into the freedom of the glory
of the children of God come into their inheritance as sons! Oh glory!
With these things in mind and heart, let me share with you something
about the true scriptural meaning of "adoption" and "sonship"
as it applies to the above quoted verse from Romans 8 (our inheritance),
and as it can be seen in the life and development of the average Hebrew
boy ... and even Jesus Himself!
The original Greek word translated as "revealing" in Romans
8:19 is the word "apokalupsis," which simply means "disclosure."
In other places throughout the New Testament, it is also translated
as "appearing," "coming," "enlighten,"
and "revelation." The definition assigned to its root word
is, "to take off the cover." Therefore, when we come across
this word "apokalupsis" in Scripture, it has to do with the
exposing of something that has been hidden from view, or bringing into
light that which has been kept in obscurity. In this passage of scripture
it should be pretty clear that what has been hidden and held in obscurity
is ... the sons of God! Certainly even the understanding of sonship
has been hidden from many Christians up until now, but thank God, we
are coming into a day of a great unveiling of God's inheritance in the
As the above passage of scripture about the sons of God appears to us
in English, "sons"
could be taken in several different ways, but in the original language,
Paul was very careful in his choice of words. For the word "sons"
Paul very carefully chose the word "huios" rather than the
word "teknion" (which means infant) or "teknon"
(which speaks of a child or a youth) because he was not referring to
mere children. "Huios" specifically speaks of matured, fully
developed sons, or those who have come of age into full maturity. Of
the three words, "huios" is the only word that the Holy Spirit
inspired Paul to use when he spoke of those to be manifested as sons
of God in Romans 8, and it is also the only word that the Holy Spirit
inspired the beloved John to use when he referred to the manchild in
Revelation chapter 12. Is that possibly because those are one and the
same? I think so.
With this understanding somewhat established, we should be able to see
that the manifestation of the sons of God is not merely the unveiling
or revelation of God's children, since that manifestation has been occurring
for the past two thousand years, but it is a revelation of those children
coming into their full maturity in Christ, when they will come of full
age (spiritually speaking) and be presented by the Father as full grown
"sons" (huios) of the Kingdom.
According to John's Gospel, those who receive the Christ are given the
power to become the children (teknon) of God, and that through the regeneration
of their spirit. But what Paul then reveals in Romans is that from these
children will come forth "mature sons;" the manifestation
of which all of creation has been anxiously awaiting. Take a look again
at verse 21 from Romans, but this time from the J.B.Phillips translation;
"And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will
be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share
in that magnificent liberty WHICH CAN ONLY BELONG TO THE CHILDREN OF
Beloved, this means that the "sons of God" can only come forth
from the "children of God," or in other words, the "manchild"
can only come forth from the "woman" (she who is made up of
"sun clad" believers, but is yet to come to full maturity
in Christ for she is still in a sense, a spiritual "child,"
not having put the self-life fully to death). The manifestation of the
sons of God will not be the disclosure of God's offspring in the infant
stage (teknion) or the adolescent stage (teknon)... No, it shall be
a manifestation of those who have come to the full stature of Christ;
nothing less than Christ's own perfection (that's maturity)! Oh, may
the spirit of wisdom and revelation open the eyes of your understanding
to this wonderful truth!
This article is getting a little bit long, and I want to try to wrap
it up, but I would like to take a quick look at the life of Jesus as
it is revealed to us in the Gospels because in His life we can see a
pattern which reveals the three stages of spiritual growth in a believer
... from infancy (teknion) ... to puberty (teknon) ... to maturity (huios).
This is revealed in Jesus' manger birth and circumcision on the eighth
day, to His appearing in the temple at age 12, to His adoption ceremony
and His Father's proclamation of His Sonship at the Jordan at age 30
("30" is the biblical number for "maturity").
The pattern shown to us in the life of Jesus, is also revealed to us
in the life of the average Israelite male (which I mentioned earlier).
Jesus then spiritually amplifies for us that pattern with His life.
In the life of the average Hebrew boy there were three major events
which drew broad public attention to him. The first of these events
was his "Circumcision," which occurred when he was an infant,
at eight days old. This was the moment that he was marked as a "covenant
man" in Israel, and was celebrated throughout the community.
The second major event was his "Bar-Mitzvah," which took place
as he was about to enter into puberty. The word Bar-Mitzvah actually
means "a son accountable," and this signified the time, not
only when he was held accountable for keeping the Commandments of God,
but also when he was to become an apprentice under his father in the
family business. This, too, was celebrated as a very special event in
the life of the child, just as it is today.
The third event was what was known as the "Huiothesia," or
the (young man's) "adoption ceremony." The word "Huiothesia"
means "Son Placement," and indicates the time when a male
child reached what was considered to be the age of maturity (somewhere
around 30). At this time, the father of the young man would place his
hand on the head of his son and openly proclaim, "This is my beloved
son in whom I am well pleased! I bestow upon him now all of my riches
and power and authority (through power of attorney) so that he might
act on my behalf in all of my affairs."
Beloved friends, can you see that the three experiences that are described
in the life of an Israelite male, and the three stages shown to us in
the life of Jesus, are to be spiritually discerned so that we may understand
God's enduring process for our own spiritual growth into sons? Can you
now understand why Jesus would say to Mary and Joseph at age 12, "Know
ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" Can you see
that He was proclaiming His just then entered apprenticeship under the
Father? At that point Jesus was just entering an 18 year stage of "learning
the family business" so to speak. His Sonship ceremony at the Jordan
which would "fulfill all righteousness" and launch His glorious
Sonship ministry would not be performed until He reached the full stage
of "maturity." The Holy Spirit's descent like a dove upon
Jesus was in essence the hand of the Father coming upon the Son to proclaim
His Sonship ministry! The Father said, "This is My Beloved Son
in Whom I AM well pleased!" Many of us have not understood the
full ramifications of those words, or that ceremony, until now. But
there is now a great light of revelation being shed upon such things
in this day.
Because the time for our adoption as "sons" is drawing nigh
beloved. Our Father is preparing to bestow the riches and the power
and the glory of His Kingdom upon a people, and that without measure!
But He won't give that power to spiritual infants! No, He won't. Nor
will He give it to spiritual children... But the Father is waiting (as
is all of creation) to bring forth sons. This is the precious fruit
of the earth for which the Husbandman has been patiently waiting.
Oh yeah ... one last thing.
Growth from spiritual childhood to that of a son comes only one way
beloved... lots and lots of chastening, suffering, trials, and tribulation.
Hardly the escape "rapture" folks ... sorry.
May the Lord give us the grace to endure the trials and the chastening
that we must suffer unto sonship, and that, so that He may have that
company of sons upon whom He can place the great authority and power
that is needed to rule and reign with Him in the Kingdom of God.