Called for a spiritual gender change
1 Corinthians 16:13 - Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Almost all the scriptures which I quote are from the KJV AV (Authorized Version), unless I mention.
In the NKJV this same verse is translated as
1 Corinthians 16:13
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
The word 'quit you like men' is translated as 'be brave'. The Greek word used here is 'andrizomai', it is and adverb and means to be masculine, which means to be, like sons. This is not to do with gender but with functioning as sons. Inheritance in the Bible is only to the sons not daughters, yet in the book of Moses a daughter was given her fathers inheritance; but in the Kingdom of God it will be only sons.
The bible does not discriminate between genders like many think, but it differentiates as per the functioning between genders (sons and daughters). Entry to the Kingdom of God is always associated with sons although invitation is given even to daughters.
Even if you may be a female yet in the Kingdom of God you can be a son if you function in spirit like a son. The other way around is also possible, wherein a male can be behaving like a daughter spiritually.
Adam was called son of God when he was created and lost this title when he sinned. Jesus was the first human after Adam to be referred to as son of God and to retain the title forever. The Angels are also referred to as sons of God.
This is not to be confused with Lord (Jesus Christ) being the only begotten Son of God, who became man Jesus and with the Angels and human (including Adam - for some time) referred as sons of God.
We all are called to become sons of God like Jesus. Lord God, Son of God came as man Jesus to show us the way to be sons and to make available to us the Spirit of God, Who helps us to become sons.
To be strong in faith, totally unshakable one needs to become sons like Jesus Christ. So let us all imitate Him, He who has shown us the way and has opened the door for us so that by faith we are able to do all things and nothing can go against us.
This does not mean by just physical actions but also in spirit and gradual renewal of the mind (inner man). This is stated by the Lord in this scripture itself; we understand this by the grammar of the three words 'watch ye' (5720), 'stand fast' (5720) and 'be strong' (5744).
5720 TVM: Present, Active, Imperative (by authority of the one commanding)
5744 TVM: Present, Passive, Imperative
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You send us your only Son to be man Jesus among us and to show us the way to be sons. Lord Jesus, You gave us the Word and also your Spirit, Who helps us to bring the Word alive in us and to make us like You, sons of the living God. Holy Spirit help us renew our minds, our whole inner man to be like Jesus, bring down all that which is not of your Kingdom and building all that which is good...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Hosea 1:10-11 (italics removed)
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, ___in the place where it was said unto them, Ye ___ not my people, ___ it shall be said unto them, __ the sons of the living God.
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great _____ the day of Jezreel (bearing of God / harvest of God/Judgment Day).
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 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.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain
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