I want to clear up something that can be confusing for some people – and I’ll go ahead and list the Scripture references first.
Old Testament –
Gen. 6:2, Gen 6:4, Job 1:6, Job 2:1, Job 38:7- I believe that most of these are (Strong’s H1121)
Rom 8:14, Rom. 8:19, (Strong’s G5207)
To give you a little background – the the sons of God in the Old Testament are different from the ones in the New Testament.
Are described as – “ben” in Hebrew
“sons (as characterisation, i.e. sons of injustice [for un- righteous men] or sons of God [for angels]”
[Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ben (Strong’s 1121)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 7 Mar 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
In the New Testament – particularly in the Greek word “huios” – which means –
“those who revere God as their father, the pious worshippers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 3:26 ), and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father’s will in all his acts”
Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for huios (Strong’s 5207)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 7 Mar 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
These are the characteristics of the “ben” or the Old Testament sons of God or the fallen angels-
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (they were famous men)
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
These sons of God were actually fallen angels-
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
I don’t know where the Bible actually says this – I thought I read it in the book of John or 1 John, but it says that these angels were “teachers of righteousness” and they were to teach the men in the way that they should go, but they said they were God and were not.
So that is the history of these sons of God – the “ben” who were fallen angels.
Then there is the True sons of God- the “huios”
We see all these things happening now – and when Paul said the present time in Romans 8:19 he meant from the time that the Holy Spirit came to dwell in man, until the time that Jesus comes back on the earth – Creation is groaning and waiting for the true worshippers – the true sons of God. People think that God looks away, and that He doesn’t do anything, but that is why He has given His Holy Spirit so that through Him, the people can carry out the work of Christ throughout the earth to start showing the Agape or self-sacrificing or unconditonal love that needs to be shown. When Paul says that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory about to be revealed in us – he was speaking prophetically so that is what the world is waiting for- two things – the manifestation of the true sons of God, and also for Jesus to come back.
The Church is the Bride of Christ, the body of Christ, soldiers for the army of Christ, and also hoping to develop the manifestation of the true sons of God.
Now within Christianity – there are people who are born again who are really not true sons of God because they are false prophets and they come in like wolves in sheep’s clothing and you will know them by their fruits- do they have good fruit or bad fruit. As Christians are we loving, joyful, patient, kind, meek, faithful, gentle, good, and peaceful, possessing self-control? As a Church we are not all completely there yet, but we cannot do it without the Holy Spirit.
The seeds of the fruit of the Spirit will be developed until maturity.
As creation cries and groans with labor pangs for the manifestations of the true sons of God, I come to You with a spirit of repentance, and ask You if there is any way that the Church has failed to bring about the Truth of the Word of God, and to manifest these fruit of the Spirit, then let us turn. Let us turn away from anything that defiles us, and anything that keeps us away from pursuing your will. Let us be true worshippers of You- worshipping You in Spirit and Truth. Lord God, we know that You have been patient with us so far, so I ask that You continue to pour out Your mercy among the people, and call them to know the steadfast love of Yours that reaches out to the destination and calling that You want to have in their lives. Forgive us all, for all of our sins. Forgive us for the lies and deception that we have allowed as a Church to enter into the body of Christ. Help us to reach that level of intimacy with You. Forgive us for the time that we have not spent in dwelling in Your presence. Forgive us for not surrendering our bodies to be temples of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us if we have not been loving, or joyful, or patient, or kind, or meek, or faithful, or gentle, or good, or peaceful, or possessing self-control. Help us to bear good fruit in these last days before Jesus comes back to judge the earth and separate the sheep from the goat, the ones that believe from the ones that don’t believe. I am not praying this so I can be heard for my many words, but so that we can collectively pray as a Church, and unite the body of Christ. I seal this prayer with the Blood of Jesus, as well as this blog posting.
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,