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. (1 John 3:2, KJV)
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:18-19, KJV)
There are times when we see mighty men and women of God operating in the gifts of God with signs and wonders following, and we try to imitate what they did in an effort to get the same results. But it’s not the methods that matter. It’s not necessarily the exact path they walked. It is more a matter of the heart. What was going on inside of them? What was going on behind the scenes that we did not see? It’s really not a step one, step two, step three. It is about a relationship with God.
In the two passages above you will find in both the same English word, sons. However, in the Greek they are actually two different words both translated as sons. In 1 John 3:2 the word translated sons is the Greek word teknon. This word indicates a child that is a son simply by birth.
In the second passage, Romans 8:19, it speaks of the ‘manifestions of the sons’ of God. This word sons is the Greek word huios. It is a son that is mature. A son that was not simply born to the Father, but now looks like and acts like his Father so much so, that he represents the Father accurately.
Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” Jesus was not just born of the Father, but He grew to become a Son that accurately demonstrated His Father’s nature.
Before the miracles we see Jesus ‘moved with compassion’. Jesus demonstrated His Father, Love (God is Love), and went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the enemy.
I have known many powerful men and women of God and I can tell you the one attribute I noticed the most about each one, was the great love that they possessed and demonstrated. Even in my own ministry, love has always proceeded the miracles.
All of creation is awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. What will they look like? Like God Who is Love. The will look like Love in action!