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One Is The Loneliest Number

As many people who live alone well know, one can be a very lonely number. The person living alone may have a pet that is a constant companion, but still be very lonely because it's not the same as being with one of one's own kind. That doesn't just apply to pets; a wealthy person who lives alone may have many servants in the household, but still be very lonely because of the formally-unequal nature of their relationship. In order for someone not to be lonely, one needs not only companions of one's own kind, but beings nearer to one's own level of capability.

"Heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ"

Stars of Heaven A child of a tiger grows up to be a tiger. A child of an eagle grows up to be an eagle. A child of a physical human grows up to be a physical human. What does a "child of God" grow up to be? What does The Holy Bible actually say?

First of all, humans who are granted salvation are not going to be angels; angels were created as God's servants, not as God's actual family:

"But to what angel has He ever said, "Sit at My right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet"? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?" (Hebrews 1:13:14 RSV)

So, what are "children of God"?

"See what love The Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3:1-2 RSV)

"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God."

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit [see When Will You Be Judged?], groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." (Romans 8:15-25 RSV)

Fact Finder: Does The Bible say that Jesus Christ is the firstborn of many?
Romans 8:29


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