1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 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. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
The Spirit of God through the Apostle John exhorts us to behold, look upon, and contemplate the love of God to man. He does not attempt to try to describe the length, breadth, depth, and height of it but just to behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed (given, gifted, granted not earned, merited, or even deserved) to make us sons or children of God. The world and all those who do not know God do not respect this or approve of us because they do not know the firstborn Son of God, Jesus. We are not going to be sons of God some day but we are sons of God now with a future hope of becoming glorified in body like Jesus was. The is our “Blessed Hope” that occurs when Jesus appears for us (Titus 2:13).
We are children of God by faith in Jesus (Galatians 3:26) and we have been fully vested with all the rights of children of God. Galatians 4:1-7 describes this as receiving the “adoption of sons,” or literally “the placing of an adult son. The right of adoption is not like we use the word adoption today but rather in those times in that culture they adopted their own children in a vesture, entitlement, or right of passage ceremony in order to be vested with full benefits, rights, and privileges. This all happens for us the moment we are born again as children of God for as children we become heirs of God (Romans 8:14-16) and joint heirs (co-equal) with Christ (Romans 8:17). An heir is someone with a right or title to inheritance.
To fully appreciate the love God has for us we must look at our inheritance. As sons of God we have rights and title to a spiritual inheritance that (we have or are):
- If children then heirs Romans 8:14-16.
- Heirs of God Romans 8:17.
- Joint heirs (co-equal) with Christ Romans 8:17.
- Heirs of the world Romans 4:13.
- Heirs according to the promise made to Abraham Galatians 3:29.
- An inheritance predestined by God’s purpose/will Ephesians 1:11.
- An inheritance of the saints in light Colossians 1:12.
- Heir of all things Hebrews 1:2.
- Heirs of salvation Hebrews 1:14.
- Heirs of the righteousness by faith Hebrews 11:7.
- Heirs of the Kingdom which is and is to come James 2:5.
- Heirs of the grace of life 1 Peter 3:7.
We need to look at, behold, meditate upon, and study these truths. It is one thing to be entitled to an inheritance but another thing to experience its benefits. God made us able to be partakers or to share in that inheritance (Colossians 1:12) and the word of His grace is able to not only give us initial entry into it but also how to experience in this life what we’ve been entitled to (Acts 20:32).