For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
By nature we are children of God, but we do not occupy the place of children. The prodigal was still the child of his father, but he was away from his father.
I. THE NATURE OF THIS SONSHIP.
1. A renovated heart.
2. Leading by the Spirit of God.
(1) To clear views of the truth.
(a) By understanding the Bible.
(b) By comprehending the meaning of Divine providences.
(2) To safety. He who is led does not lead. Some Christians think themselves wise enough to instruct God as to the experiences through which they should pass.
3. Peculiar love. Say what we will about universal charity, we love our children with a special love.
4. Heirship with Christ; sharers of His glory.
II. ITS DUTIES.
4. Maintenance of the family honour.
5. Resignation. A true son will let God have His way.
III. HOW ARE WE TO BECOME SONS OF GOD. By our natural birth? By hearing His Word? By admission into His Church? No; John gives us the answer (John 1:12). Conclusion:
1. To all those who come home the door is open.
2. God takes great delight in being loved.
3. We come to God through prayer, then find provision, then protection.
(T. L. Cuyler, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.