John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
What does it mean to be called the son of God? Let us examine the scripture. The scripture made this statement, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” Some translate power to mean [right] but no matter how you look at it, what is being transmitted here is this. [But as many has received him to them gave he the right to return to their first estate]. This means at some point in history we lost our right as sons, this was the case when God brought judgment on the human race on account of Adam’s transgression.
At the fall of Adam we lost our privilege as sons of God, and living constantly under the fear and bondage of death we became salves to this world and the desires of the flesh. But in an agreement with himself God made a promise to redeem humanity through his power by sending a representative in the likeness of humanity, so that through this perfect man he could restore us to our rightful place.
The word redemption is fitting for this part of my explanation; as it sheds light on the statement, “[Power to become, or right to become.]” because the word redemption means to restore something back to its original state or from a falling position. The word redemption implies that something or someone was once in proper standing, but lost that standing through a fall.
The scripture spoke on this subject, “Romans 5:10 (KJV) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. “
The scripture said we were reconciled to God, or restored to God showing that we were once made perfect in God’s image having a proper standing, but when the first Adam sinned, we lost out standing with God who restored us through his Son.
It is written of us who have accepted Jesus our King, ” Which were born, not of blood” showing our restored nature, ” nor of the will of the flesh” which shows we are no longer under the power of this world, ” nor of the will of man” which sets us free from the carnal mind of humanity, ” but of God” which tells us we are of God.
According to everything that is written in the book of John, we are of God, we were born of God, and are the sons of God according to the new nature of God’s spirit and power. Jesus said he was the son of God and having this position he lived as a son performing the will of the Father.
Matthew 10:28 Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.