There are two words for son in the NT: teknon & huios
Teknon describes ‘babies, or immature sons’. Like when your child is born and you can’t tell them apart from the other babies in the hospital nursery without nametags. Or when you first accept Christ, but you don’t look any different than the worldly people around you.
Romans 8:15-16 – we have received the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children (teknon) of God
Huios describes ‘mature sons’. This is when someone recognizes a childs character or characteristics to match that of their parents.
Romans 8:14 – for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons (huios) of God.
Hebrews 5:8 – (Jesus) was the son (huios), yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered.
Jesus was a huios son, one that portrayed the character of God. He learned that obedience through the things he suffered.
1 Peter 4:1 – since Jesus suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
We know we are mature sons when we crucify our fleshly desires instead of allowing our fleshly desires to control us/crucifying our spirit. Spiritual growth is a function of neither time nor learning, but of obedience.
~ The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere ~
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