Descartes wanted to know ‘what was real’ after all assumptions had been abandoned. He came to the view that if one could not be certain about most things, at least he could be certain about himself. Hence his cogito ergo sum - ‘I think therefore I am’ dictum. But we could ask Descartes the question - what are you? What is the nature of ‘your am.’ What is the meaning of your being? In the movie Lion King, Simba spends a season ‘not being a lion’ with an assortment of friends, eating grubs, insects and rooting around in the ground. He meets a prophetic figure with the ability to ask the right questions. He fixes Simba with a piercing gaze and enquires, WHO ARE YOU? Recently I wrote a piece based on a quote from an article entitled ‘God’s Other Sons.’ It was about Adam and his progeny and focused on the fact that Adam was born of God and was a son of God, and with this the implication that we as the family of Adam are as well. Yet John writes, ‘Now we are the sons of God.’ So there was a time when we were not sons. Or not sons in the fullness of sonship. We were disengaged and disconnected sons, separated from Father, from our true selves and from each other. When Jesus cried ‘IT IS FINISHED!’ He meant separation is finished. Jesus secured for all His relationship with Father. As a result we and Father are one. ACTUALITY OF SONSHIP In Christ we are the sons of God. We belong in this togetherness whether or not we have entered it. Jesus is this reality. John and Paul spent their apostleship spreading the truth of this new new reality. The truth that all are now sons of God in spirit and in truth. But not all believed. They did not want to because they had an imagined status and identity in the law and old covenant. Paul, after his fashion was quite blunt about this stubbornness. He wrote about those who were slaves of their own lesser identity and workers who industriously involved in the futility of earning what was already theirs. ‘The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother’ Gal 4. 24-26 NIV. Francois Du Toit and the Mirror Bible emphasise the fact that we are the sons of God. Yet some Christians object on the grounds of presumption. They would rather see themselves as separated sinners, unworthy and striving to gain acceptance and union with God. This to them is humility and their religion. Fortunately it’s not God’s. ONLY BELIEVE People are free to believe what they like as the Body of Christ. But in doing so they separate themselves from the fullness of their humanity in the sense that those in a mental hospital or a prison are members of society yet living in a degraded state of being. Member of the Body in name they may be but there is no substance to this status - only clouds without rain. Not only are we the sons of God but to see Jesus is to see our real selves. He is The Mirror. Not the law and not the Bible. We are sons of God because we are part of Jesus and one with our Father. This is the reality into which God has drawn us. Yet having choice we can live this as a phanom son or a son who is the manifestation of Jesus. Yet many do not live in this. It is not their reality because they have constructed a religious domain in which one tries harder to get what one already has - the love of God and fellowship with the trinity. This brings us to the point. We are what we think we are. If we do not accept and live in our union with God we are what Paul calls ‘slaves and workers.’ We are what we have defined ourselves to be - even though in Christ we are the sons of God. ‘Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God’ 1 John 5.5 NIV. Who is the one who becomes a son of God? Only the one who believes in the Christ of God and His gospel of the Kingdom. BELIEFS ARE YOUR REALITY Human being always were sons. The fullness of this sonship was vitiated by the separation and hostility to God that flowed from Adam. We became sons and daughters in spirit and in truth when Jesus made the two one - when He by the at-one-ment made us sons in spirit and in truth. Descartes was a son of God whether He knew so or not. Whether He lived as a son of God in spirit and in truth depends on whether Christ was actually his life. This is so with all of us. What we are is what we believe we are. Joseph Prince has written an excellent book on this topic entitled The Power of Right Believing. It’s about living from our inheritance in the new covenant and receiving the healing and the fullness of God because we are participating in the union with God that is ours as new covenant people. The truth is, if we are still in the old covenant mindset, we are sons in theory but not in fact. In theory because we are living in separation when we actually have union. This is our status when attached to the law or living from religion whether we care to believe it or not. The mission of any apostolic person as it was with Paul is to draw Believers into the completeness of their inheritance as the sons of God. The premise of apostleship is that one must be a son and not a worker. We cannot impart what we are not or disseminate the truth we are not in. The spirit of sonship is a nice theory if we remain in the law and old covenant mindset. But not our reality. In The Torch and the Sword, Rick Joyner depicts Believers who grope blindly as cripples in darkness because what sustained them is is not Christ their life. They eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil as if this is what Jesus began. IN THE LIGHT In Jesus all veils of misunderstanding are taken away - if we are willing to follow Him wherever He leads. But don't expect to walk in the light if our objective in life is to sustain what we already believe. In this state we are extraordinarily dim of perception. ‘But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin’ 1 John 1.7 NIV. We are never so blind as when we have our own truth and our own gospel. This is because we are what we believe. False belief separates us from God, from our real selves and from others. It makes us blind and deaf to the reality that is Christ This is why Jesus said the truth will set you free. The beauty of new covenant life is that we and Father are one. This is yours if you believe it. Not if you don’t. Even though it is your treasure in the field and your inheritance. You must seize and possess it, then walk in it. For many living in union with Father means abandoning the religion of their fathers. Yet life is an adventure when we advance into new territory and take new ground from the Enemy because we are sons in spirit and in truth. Sons rather than blind cripples hobbling in the flesh and mistaken belief.