RAISED AS KINGS…
..I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live
2 Chronicles 1 tells us how the Lord appeared to Solomon on a certain night and said, “Ask for whatever you want.” Solomon, being smart, answered: “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?” (2Chronicles 1:10).
How did Solomon know he should ask for wisdom, and not for anything else, such that even God made a wonderful remark about him? (Read 2 Chronicles 1:11-12). Solomon wasn’t David’s only son, yet he said, “I was my father’s son.” This meant he was the “adopted son”; the one groomed for the throne. There was a special training David bequeathed to him, which the other sons didn’t have. Being the “adopted son” doesn’t refer to fostering another person’s son as your son and getting all the legal documentations to that effect. Rather, it describes the situation in those days, where a monarch with several sons, chose which one of them would be his heir-apparent.
He’d then give him (the chosen heir-apparent) to the governors, teachers or instructors to train in military service and in all kinds of discipline and learning, until he came to maturity. When he was trained and ready for office, he was brought back to the king as the “adopted son.” In the same way, not all who are born again have understood the leading of the Spirit and the life of dominion He’s brought us to. Many are yet to understand spiritual realities; so they’ve got to be properly taught and nurtured in Christ unto maturity. That’s the reason God “…gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints….Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).
He wants every one of us to grow unto perfection; unto maturity in the things of the Spirit and live as His adopted sons—walking in the supernatural; winning and excelling every day in life.