1 Jn 3:2, John declared:

“beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Paul went through the trouble of differentiating between the Son of God and the sons of God (of whom we are). In Hebrews 1, the apostle referred to the Psalms where the Davidic prophecies about Jesus as the Son of God are veiled since His name is withheld.

Well, David knew who he was speaking about and felt that his people knew as well. For example, in Heb 1:4,5, Paul said that God spoke only to the Son (and not to angels) when He said “thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?” We need to refer back to Ps 2:7 in which David said that the Lord told the Lord that He would declare the decree. The decree to the rebellious kings and rulers of the earth was that “thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee”.

Hebrews 1: 6 further clarifies that God was speaking about the virgin birth of His Son when He followed up the discussion in Heb 1: 4 and 5 (= Ps 2:7) by saying:

“and again, when He bringeth the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship Him”.

Did not the angels worship in song at His birth to confirm that He was indeed the Christ spoken of by Isaiah and the prophets?(Lk 2:8-15, Isa 7:14,9:6).

Paul continues to explain that the angels are ministering spirits as well as the flame of fire of the Lord as spoken of in Ps 104:4. He further said in Heb 1: 8,9 that God the Son or Jesus the Son, was the Eternal King spoken of in Ps 45: 6, 7 and to whom it was spoken –

” But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”.

The scriptures also teach that the Son is also Creator. Paul confirms in Heb 1: 10 -12 that the Son was God the Creator who was spoken of in Psalm 90: 1-2. Jesus the Son and not the angels, is also the One who was given the exalted position at the right hand of the Father. This was spoken of by David in Psalm 110: 1 and confirmed by Paul in Heb 1: 13. Paul then reinforces again that the angels are “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb 1:14, Ps 103:20). We love you angels. Thank you Lord for your wonderful angels, our big brothers!

The Lord just told me that we need to know and believe these scriptures for several reasons. First, demons can masquerade as seducing spirits, teaching doctrines of devils (1 Tim 4:1). Many have perished by the false teachings of people like Jim Jones and others. Satan itself and its demons can transform into angels of light and teach other doctrines about the Lord (2 Cor 11:1-14). Paul call these people “false apostles” since they are deceitful, preach another Jesus or another gospel, rob the believers by various means using the gospel as a tool(be careful!!), and boast in themselves.

Be careful! These false apostles are miniatures of the false prophet. They are very charismatic, speak blasphemies and perform miracles (Rev 13:1-5). It would behove us to examine 2 Cor 11: 1-14 and Rev 13 and 19: 20. Beware, they are not angels of the Lord, who always speak a steadfast word, either confirming scripture or supplying information that supply answers to puzzles (Heb 2:2). Angels of the Lord never accept human worship as we previously spoke of in relation to Samson’s parents and John’s experience in the Revelation. Satan can enter into the heart of people and deceive them into believing that they are Christ. I have heard of some of the mentally insane who did so. Jesus warned us not to be deceived about those who will come in His name, claiming to be the very Christ (Mt 24:5, Mk 13:6, Lk 21:8).

We spoke already about lying spirits in the mouths of people and we know that satan can accompany these spirits with signs and wonders (Rev 19:20). I would like to conclude by making a comment about David. He, like Paul, had received an abundance of spiritual revelation. Was he caught up into the 3rd heaven like the apostle? He never did say directly, but his writings about heavenly things point us to his experience with the Lord. He had received things that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard” (1 Cor 2: 9).

God is eager for His body to have the experiences and revelations of Himself of which the scriptures speak. They are far more valuable than silver and gold. Romans 8:19 says that “the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”. I need to ask for further revelation on this scripture, especially in light of the context. Which sons of God is Paul speaking about – angels or the redeemed sons? I believe in the context that he is speaking about the fullness to which God wants His children to experience the crucifixion of the flesh which will cause the spirit to rise and aid us to walk or live after/live in the Spirit.

He says in Rom 8: 20 – 22 that we, the unwilling heirs of Adam’s sin, need to be returned to the birthright that Adam lost. We had lost the place where we were like the angels. Remember that they do not die and man had access to the tree of life prior to the fall. We are in a bondage of corruption (the corruption of death because of sin) and need to be translated in to the “glorious liberty of the children of God”, that is freedom from sin, to name a few (Rom 8: 21). In Romans 8: 22, Paul says that the “whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain until now”, the time of the walk in the Spirit. In Rom 8: 23, he says “not only they” but we groan as well, (even though we have the Holy Spirit in us) while we wait for the redemption of our body.

Who are the “they” of whom Paul speaks? Are “they” angels or saints who are in His presence. I believe that “they” refer to the angels in contrast to believers who possess the firstfruits of the Spirit spoken of in Eph 1: 13. The angels love us and are waiting for us to join in the blessings of the spiritual body and inheritance that we can receive now and will receive after the resurrection. Paul had firsthand experience of the things which we have not yet seen in the natural realm since he spoke of being caught up into the heavens and receiving revelations of which he could not speak (2 Cor 12: 1-10). Read 1 Cor 15 for a sneak preview of the spiritual body.

We will speak also of the Lord’s resurrected body to see what we are missing. Spiritual experiences like the ones Paul experienced take place after one is exercised in the spiritual disciplines leading to the crucifixion of the flesh (Rom 8:1-13). This is because flesh and blood cannot inherit eternal life. Do we want to experience the benefits now or be saved by the skin of our teeth? We must therefore receive sanctification of great dimensions in order to kill the flesh and participate in the glory of which the scriptures speak. Such experiences occur as we move from glory to glory in the knowledge and revelation of Jesus. Amen!

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