Grace and Peace.
What is your understanding of being given the power to become a son of God?
As a believer, I am a child of God through the Son-ship of Jesus Christ. Christ's relationship with God the Father is unique, yet Christ is the first-born among many brethren. We have died, and been born again for His glory.
The doctrine spoken of is one that is still developing for me, and I believe it will continue to do so for us all as we are further conformed to the image of Christ.
I speak of the inner man, that which is incorruptible, the new creature whose life is hidden in Christ Jesus. We have been given the power to deal with the old man, to die daily unto ourselves, to surrender the fallen in exchange for the living.
As we carry our cross, we bear about in the body our Lord Jesus Christ's death, so that His Life may be made manifest to those we preach to.
We have been given the power to become the sons of God. The full manifestation of this is not complete until we are completely transfigured in glorified bodies.
While in this body which perishes, we identify with Jesus Christ as He walked. A man, in the flesh, wholly trusting in the one true living God.. to be God. We are being made perfect by what we suffer as our weaknesses are exposed. We diminish as He expands.
We go about the Father's business, doing good works as we see the Father doing. The implications are staggering when I really think about this. Our endeavors are eternal, and of the most serious nature.
Consider this: John 5:18 Because of this, therefore, the Jews lusted the more to kill Him, for not only did He break the sabbath, but also called God His own Father, making Himself equal to God.
Who do you and I say our Father is? What is it we are declaring when we say, God is our Father?
When we say that God is our Father, we are declaring to be one with him. We are declaring that we are walking with Him. We are proclaiming that our words and deeds are in agreement with his.
Based on this, we are therefore led to declare His will unto others as did our Lord Jesus Christ! We can declare unto others the Truth understanding that God the Father will not only support that which we say and do, but will confirm our words and deeds with signs following. Thus our ministries are 3-fold, just as our Lord's. Prophet, Priest, and King.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.
The pure in heart which 'see' God, perceive Him through the eyes of their understanding. This occurs as we seek to purify ourselves, even as He is pure.
We can begin to perceive what our Father is up to all around us, as our judgement becomes keener.
We become one with the Father through Christ in us, our hope of glory.