The Watchtower Society makes the claim that sonship is offered at this time only to a few thousand Christians. It is theorized that the rest only are offered friendship to God on the basis of their association with the sons of God. Is this true?
I would encourage all readers to carefully evaluate Romans chap. 8. This chapter lets us know that there are only 2 categories of individuals: (1)those in accord with the flesh and (2) those in accord with the spirit. Verse 8 (NWT) says “So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God.”
Obviously no true Christian falls in category 1, that is to say he is not in accord with the flesh. It is also obvious then true Christians must be in accord with the spirit. Let’s read verse 9 “However, YOU are in harmony, not with the flesh, but with the spirit, if God’s spirit truly dwells in YOU. But if anyone does not have Christ’s spirit, this one does not belong to him.”
Now we see that God’s spirit dwells in all true Christians. And if one does not have this spirit he does not belong to Christ. Vs. 14-17 reads “For all who are led by God’s spirit, these are God’s sons. 15 For YOU did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear again, but YOU received a spirit of adoption as sons, by which spirit we cry out: “Abba, Father!” 16 The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ, provided we suffer together that we may also be glorified together.”
It is quite clear, God’s sons are those who do not walk in accord with the flesh. This is the only relationship to God that is being offered to humans. There are only 2 groups of humans: (1)God’s sons (and daughters) (2) those who walk in accord with the flesh and do not please God. In which group are we? If we claim to be Christian certainly we would want to be in the first group. There is no 3rd group of associates of the sons of God. And as God’s children all Christians have the hope of being heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ! Gal. 3:26 “26 YOU are all, in fact, sons of God through YOUR faith in Christ Jesus.”
John 1:12 – “However, as many as did receive him, to them he gave authority to become God’s children, because they were exercising faith in his name” The offer of sonship is not limited to a literal number of 144000 Christians throughout all of history. No, as many receive Christ and exercise faith in him are God’s children. The very fact that we address God as our Father should indicate that we are His sons.
The New Testament was written not for only a few thousand individuals but for all God’s sons who are all in the New Covenant. A covenant is an agreement or contract. Just as in any contract, the only ones subject to the restriction, rules, as well as benefits are those participants of the contract. For instance, suppose a landlord and a renter enter into an agreement or contract (covenant). The landlord agrees to supply a house and keep up with any major maintenance. The renter agrees to pay rent each month, not mistreat the house, and do minor upkeep. They sign the agreement which says that all the responsibilities and benefits (renter can live in house and landlord receives rent check) are of those 2 parties and no one else. The neighbors or the friends of the renter or landlord have nothing whatsoever to do with the agreement.
The New Covenant is like that contract. All responsibilities and benefits go to the parties involved. Jer. 31: 33,34 – “For this is the covenant that I shall conclude with the house of Israel after those days,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “I will put my law within them, and in their heart I shall write it. And I will become their God, and they themselves will become my people.”34 “And they will no more teach each one his companion and each one his brother, saying, ‘KNOW Jehovah!’ for they will all of them know me, from the least one of them even to the greatest one of them,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “For I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.”
So the members of the New Covenant would: (1) have God’s law written on their hearts, (2) be God’s people and have a special relationship with Him, (3) be forgiven of their sins.
The law written on our hearts is principally the law of love (Rom. 13:10). We also find other guides of conduct such as Paul’s words at 1 Cor. 6:9,10. Anyone not a part of the New Covenant has no obligation to abide by its responsibilities nor would they receive any benefits from it.
It is truly amazing that the Society has created a group of Christians called the “great crowd” of “other sheep” that are under the obligation to keep all the responsibilities of the NC but they receive none of the benefits, nor are they supposedly even part of the NC nor are they sons of God. It would be like saying to the renter that he has to pay rent but doesn’t get to live in the house. The “great crowd” have been kept in spiritual orphanhood. The facts show that the only relationship offered to Christians is one of sonship as part of the New Covenant. There is no other relationship with God to aspire to. If we deny being part of the New Covenant we are in effect saying “God’s law is not written on my heart nor am I part of God’s people and I am not forgiven of my sins”! Is this something we want to say?
In fact we can call each other brother and sister because we are sons and daughters of the same Father, Jehovah God. It “blows my mind” when I think of what is being offered to us, and when I think of the love that our Father, Jehovah and our Master, Jesus have for us. Let us never forsake this precious relationship.