21 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, That we should be called the sons of God
3Sons of God Outline What is a Christian? New God / Man Relationship Adoption (five key dimensions)The Great Secret
4What is a Christian? Someone who has God as his Father How can God be your Father?Jesus said “No one comes to the Father but through Me” – John 14:6“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” – Gal. 3:26“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name” - John 1:12.
5What is a Christian? (cont.) Fatherhood - Old Testament vs NewOld Testament – God is Father of Israel Exodus 4:22-23New Testament – God is Father of repentant sinners who put their trust in Christ as their sin bearer and master.Packer says New Testament is revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator (p. 201b)“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring” – Gal. 3:.
6What is a Christian? (cont.) Sonship to GodGift that comes not through being born, but through being born againJohn 1: He gave right to become sonsJohn 3:3 – must be born of SpiritNot natural but adoptive (p. 201M)Galatians 4:4-6 – Full adoptive rightsEphesians 1:5 – He planned our adoption.
71 John 3:1-3“See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God; and such we are. ….. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet that we shall be. We know that, if He should appear, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.”
8New God/Man Relationship We no longer fear coming to Him Hebrews 10:19-22God established “Father” standard in Ephesians 3:14Fatherhood implies four things (205T)Authority – John 6:38 ; 17:4Affection – 5:20; 15:9-10Fellowship – 16:32; 8:29Honor – 17:1; 5:22-23.
9Adoption – 3 Key Dimensions Highest PrivilegeBasis For Our LivesWhat It Shows Us.
10Adoption Highest Privilege? Our status as sons of God is the highest privilege the gospel offersJustification is the primary and fundamental blessing that God provided for us on the cross, but it does not imply any deep or intimate relationship with HimSee example on 207B & 208T.
11Adoption Basis for our lives Christian Conduct Christian Prayer Life of Faith.
12Adoption What it shows us Greatness of God’s Love – Yard Sticks? Cross – Rom 5:8; 1 John 4:8-10Sonship – 1 John 3:1 (p 214B)God went to the cross for us and then adopted us because He chose to do so, not because He had toGlory of Christian HopeThe best is yet to come! John 17:24; Matt 5:8Our Father has guaranteed it - John 14:2.
13What adoption shows us (cont.) Understanding the Holy Spirit’s MinistryRom. 8:15 – You have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out “Abba! Father!” and Galatians 4:6He makes and keeps us consciousHe moves us to look to God as our FatherHe impels us to act like the King’s kids (re: authority, affection, fellowship and honor).
14What adoption shows us (cont.) Meaning and Motives of Gospel HolinessConnect Heb 12:6-7,11 with Romans 8:28Example - Page 222M2While it is true that justification frees one forever from need to keep the Law of God or try to as the means of earning eternal life,it is equally true that adoption lays on believers the abiding obligation to keep the law as the means of pleasing your new father.God said “Be holy as I am holy.” Lev 11:44.
15What adoption shows us (cont.) How to Assess AssurancePacker reviews Reformed, Roman Catholics, Puritan, Wesleyan, and general Evangelicals views on assurance (p.223 & 224)His position - If God in His love made us His children, and if He is the perfect Father, then two things follow:The family relationship must be an abiding one lasting forever. The Prodigal story.God holds nothing back to make His children know He loves them, and to understand their privilege and security as family members.
16Romans 8: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs of God and fellow heirs of Christ , ….”8:35f – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”8: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”.
17The Great Secret – I am adopted I am a child of GodGod is my FatherHeaven is my homeEvery day that passes is one closer to my going homeMy Savior is my Lord, but I am His adopted brotherEvery Christian is also my brother.