The “hearts of the fathers being turned to the children, and the hearts of the children being turned to their fathers”, is an ongoing process clearly revealed in the relationships that Apostle Paul had with other men of God. In Titus 1:4, Paul refers to Titus as a “true son” with common faith. A spiritual son is to share a common faith with their spiritual fathers. In Philemon 1:10, Paul appeals to Philemon for his son Onesimus who was begotten (won over to sonship) to the Apostle Paul while he was in chains suffering for the gospel. The word “begotten” comes from the greek word “gennao”, which is a term used of men who has fathered children. Onesimus was not just made a believer in Jesus Christ, but he was literaaly won over to Paul’s way of living! The process of fathering goes beyond leading someone to and instructing them in Christ. A man can biologically make a child and give the child instructions or advice, but Paul’s begetting of Onesimus refers to a father who lives such an example before the children that the whole heart of the individual has been won over to their way and example of living in Christ, so much that he bonded himself to Paul in the faith as Timothy was to Paul, becoming bonded servants together in the Gospel as a son with His father. (Pt. 1)
The process of the hearts of the fathers being turned to the children (sons) Part 2! In I. Timothy 1:2, the Apostle Paul declares Timothy to be a “true son in the faith.” I. Tim. 1:18, Paul charged (gave orders) to Timothy as a father to a son. In Philippians 2:22 Paul says concerning Timothy, “You know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.” A fat…her and son relationship in the Gospel goes far beyond what is meant by the term “mentoring.” To call my father “mentor” would have little intimate feelings for me. We don’t cry out to God, “Mentor, Mentor”! We cry out to Him, “Abba, Father!” While a spiritual father is to never take place our relationship with our Heavenly Father, our relationship to our spiritual fathers should reflect the love of our relationship with him. A mentor in Webster’s Dictionary is defined as “a trusted counselor or guide: a tutor; a coach.” Paul reveals the more intimate relationship that he had with those who were considered his spiritual children in the following passage of scripture: I. Cor. 4:15- For though you might have ten thousand instructors (counselors, guides, tutors, mentors) in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you (became your father) through the gospel.
The significance of our relationships is found in Fatherhood and Sonship! The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world…In the fulness of the time God sent forth His Son…and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ…Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does n…ot have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (I John 2:22,23) What a pattern we have in relationships in the body of Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God!! I John 2:12-14- “I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.”