1096 is the Strong’s number for the Greek word – power to become which is within the foundational verse of this blog –
“to all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave them power to become children of God.” Jn 1:12
He gave, is the language of bestowing a gift or privilege! Everyone may be a child of God, however, sonship or daughterhood are bestowed when we are born again or from above, by the Holy Spirit.
Bestowing happens in a moment, becoming takes a lifetime and then a few seconds! See 1 Cor 15:52. Bestowing and becoming involves the Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit. What the Father desires, His estranged sons and daughters to come home, The Son has secured and The Holy Spirit will apply.
In fact, the primary function of The Holy Spirit is to testify to our spirits that we are adopted sons and daughters, who are also heirs and co-heirs with The Father and The Son. Roms 8:15-17. The Spirit desires to reveal to us – who we are, whose we are and what we’ve been given.
This is the Biblical path of identity and becoming!
We are adopted sons and daughters, we belong to The Father, who views us as His prized possession, His workmanship, a good work in progress and a Persona Viator –
“a person on the way!”
We have been given full rights as sons and daughters which includes all sins forgiven and forgotten and the power, price and penalty of that sin decisively dealt with through Christ. We have The Spirit who is a down payment and a guarantee of daily empowerment and the anointing to be, live and speak for Christ. Below is a list of sixteen truths and present-day realities which is why they are written in the past tense, that are part of the full rights, every son and daughter has been given.
- Grafted in
Our being is in Christ, who has brought us back home to our Glorious Father. Eph 1:17 and the Father desires that the eyes of our heart be opened so we can know Him better and see and know the hope, the inheritance and the power that are ours by adoption. Eph 1:18-20. The Spirit’s core role in all of this is to help us to –
“become in experience what we already are by grace!”
Alec Moyter commentary on Philippians
This Spirit led and achieved process, of being and becoming, needs us to understand and undertake two lost spiritual disciplines – identification and appropriation.
When the Spirit does a work of grace within us, He leads us to see that Christ’s work on the cross and through the resurrection, was for us. He then leads us to repent of our declaration of independence, the core nature of sin and we return to the Father, deciding to make Jesus our Lord; all of this is identification.
Historically and sadly, much of recent church history has focused almost entirely on getting people to identify with the finished work of Christ. Although correct, it is incomplete because Jesus never came to ask people to pray prayers, or even invite Him into their hearts. He gave people the opportunity to become His disciple, to learn with and from Him and to follow His leadership for the rest of their lives.
In between the moment we identify with Christ’s work and the very moment we see Him face to face, our core concern is appropriation! This is the daily partnership with the Holy Spirit, so we become in our experience what we already are in Christ!
Moving from being in Him to becoming more and more like Him!