Sonship, huiothesia, is the most fantastic, larger-than-life promise of the Bible. It is a promise to the few, and yet a promise to all.
The reality of such a promise teaches us to never, ever, ever underestimate God and what he is capable of doing. It’s what he wants to do more than anything. It is the very reason why God speaks so emphatically to one very specific group of individuals:
Listen, sons… Prov. 4:1
It’s first a promise to the sons, that they may be certain that he will complete the work in them which he began, as he did with their forerunner and older brother Jesus. To them it is granted not only to believe but also to suffer for his sake (Phil. 1:29). And suffer they do. They are the soldiers. They are the hated. Thy are the meek and lowly. They are the freewill offerings—males without blemish, not having their manhood bruised, torn, crushed, or cut (Lev. 22:18-25).
Your people will volunteer on Your day of battle. In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn, the dew of your youth belongs to You. Psalm 110:3 HCSB
It is secondly a promise to all the earth, yea, to all creation which groans for the revealing of the sons (Rom. 8:19). Do you hear it? They will yet receive their justice. They will have their freedom. They will have the peace they dreamed of. It is coming soon.
The sons will bring it.
On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets. But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. So He became as far superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is excellent beyond theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say:
“You are My Son;
today I have become Your Father”?
“I will be His Father,
and He will be My Son”?
The promise is prophesied in Psalm 2:7 and speaks to all sons. They all inherit the throne. They all become kings and judges of the earth, if they endure (Rev. 2:26). “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” (1 Cor. 6:3 BSB)
And again, when God brings His firstborn into the world, He says:
“Let all God’s angels worship Him.”
The angels are subject to the sons. The Greek is proskuneo—crouch, fawn, pay homage to.
Now about the angels He says:
“He makes His angels winds,
His servants flames of fire.”
Sons are not angels.
But about the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever,
and justice is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, Your God, has placed You above Your companions
by anointing You with the oil of joy.”
Yet to which of the angels did God ever say:
“Sit at My right hand
until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”?
Are not the angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
It is unto all sons to sit enthroned with him, even as they now are. They are the the circle of Brothers, the Sons of Light, The fruit trees gathered around the Tree of Life in the Garden of God, the bond-slaves who reign (Rev. 22:5), the Round Table of the second Adam, the completed heavenly army of Genesis 2:1, having fulfilled Genesis 1:28 having filled the earth and tread it down (Heb. kabash).
And having looked around on those who were sitting around Him in a circle, He says, “Behold, My mother and My brothers!” (Mark 3:34 Berean Literal Bible)
and He raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6 BLB)
That is Heaven. This circle rules each of the four realms and puts them in their proper place.
In His preparing the heavens I am there, In His decreeing a circle on the face of the deep (Prov. 8:27 YLT)
He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness. (Job 26:10 NASB)
A cloud is his hiding-place, and he shall not be seen; and he passes through the circle of heaven. (Job 22:14 LXX)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth… Isaiah 40:21-22
They are sons, not angels. The Sadducees asked the question about marriage in the resurrection regarding their own brothers (Matt. 22:25). Sadducees were people who didn’t believe in a resurrection. A rather tragic mistake made by 99% of pastors and teachers out there—just how does someone who doesn’t believe in the resurrection still become like angels in Heaven? But angels, we learn from Hebrews 1:7, are leitourgous. Public servants. They don’t become angels, but they become like them. “In classical Greek, it means “one who discharges a public office at his own expense, then, generally, a public servant, a minister, servant.“”