For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14)
What is a son of God? The ultimate example is THE Son of God. Jesus was the express image of the invisible God, that is: He in every way represented the Personality of God; He perfectly demonstrated His character, and wrought His works in the flesh. His behaving perfectly like His Father demonstrates His Sonship: like Father, like Son. Jesus walks like God, talks like God, looks like God. His likeness of the Father proves Him to be the Son.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. How can we become the sons of God?
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)
God’s Spirit is the essence of His Person in ethereal form – Jesus is the fulness of the Godhead bodily; Jesus was filled with the Spirit of God:
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)
The essence of God’s Person in His entirety was on and within Jesus; Jesus was led entirely by the Spirit of God.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
God’s Spirit is Holy – wherefore we even call Him the Holy Ghost, and only one who is entirely Holy can host the presence of such an Holy Spirit. Jesus was the Rock of sanctification; utterly holy, utterly pure. Thus perfectly He was able to remain all times in fellowship with the Spirit of God, and be led by Him.
When Christ was baptized, three significant signs occurred; one of them is that the Spirit of God descended, and remained, upon Him in the form of a dove. By biblical symbolism, doves represent TIMIDITY.
The Spirit of God is timid of man, as it is written: ‘And the Lord said, My SPIRIT shall not always strive with man, for that he also is FLESH…. (Gen 6:3) ‘For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary, the one to the other… (Gal 5:17)
The Spirit of God is timid to the carnal, because He is contrary [opposed to] the cravings of our flesh, and our flesh is contrary to Him. And God promises His Spirit will not always strive with us by reason of our flesh (Gen 6:2).
Jesus, therefore became entirely sanctified, even recieving the cleansing waters of baptism though He knew no sin, and the timid Spirit of God could finnally find a home – a place to perpetually dwell.
If you are led by the flesh, you are no son of God, but: ‘as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.’
Obedience to your flesh will drive the Spirit of God away, but obedience – sanctification make us able hosts of the timid presence of God’s Spirit. He will not go on striving with your flesh, you must put the desires of your flesh to death, so that the Spirit can reign, and then you will be a son of God.
It is the Spirit that quickeneth [gives life]; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)