those who become ethically like him. Men are not sons in the full ideal sense until they comport themselves as sons of God.? Chapman, Jesus Christ and the Present Age, 39 ? ?While God is the Father of all men, all men are not the children of God: in other words, God always realizes completely the idea of Father to every man but the majority of men realize only partially the idea of son-ship.?

Texts referring to the special Fatherhood of grace are: <430112>John 1:12, 13 ? ?as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God?; <450814> Romans 8:14 ? ?for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God?; 15 ? ?ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father?; <470617>2 Corinthians 6:17 ? ?Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you, and will be to you a Father, and ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty?; <490105>Ephesians 1:5, 6 ? ?having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself?; 3:14, 15 ? ?the Father, from whom every family [margin ?fatherhood?] in heaven and on earth is named? ( = every race an among angels or men ? so Meyer, Romans. 158, 159); <480326>Galatians 3:26 ? ?for ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus?. 4:6 ? ?And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father?; <620301> 1 John 3:1, 2 ? ?Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God and such we are? Beloved, now are we children of God.? The son-ship of the race is only rudimentary. The actual realization of son-ship is possible only through Christ. <480401>Galatians 4:1-7 intimates a universal son-ship but a son-ship in which the child ?differeth nothing from a bondservant though he is lord of all,? and needs still to ?receive the adoption of sons.? Simon, Reconciliation, 81 ? ?It is one thing to be a father, another to discharge all the fatherly functions. Human fathers sometimes fail to behave like fathers for reasons lying solely in themselves or sometimes because of hindrances in the conduct or character of their children. No father can normally discharge his fatherly functions toward children who are unchildlike. So even the rebellious son is a son, but he does not act like a son.? Because all men are naturally sons of God, it does not follow that all men will be saved. Many who are naturally sons of God are not spiritually sons of God; they are only ?servants? who ?abide not in the house forever? ( <430835>John 8:35). God is their Father, but they have yet to ?become? his children ( <400545>Matthew 5:45).

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