Children of God ()Dennis R. Wiles, October 4, 2020
Part of the Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R Wiles
October 4, 2020
SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 31, 2020
The Love of God: A Study of 1 John
Children of God
1 John 2:28-3:10
REGATHERING AND RENEWING
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
ACCEPTING OUR IDENTITY!
God’s love has been lavished on us!
God is our Father and we are His Children!
We are not congealed stardust, an accidental byproduct of cosmic chemistry. We are not just something, we are someone.
You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one's holy Father. . . If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.
-J.I. Packer, Knowing God
ANTICIPATING OUR DESTINY!
Our future is certain: Jesus will be revealed (phaneroó) at His arrival (Parousia) – and we will be transformed!
ANSWERING GOD’S CALL TO PURITY!
We should strive for purity and perhaps His return won’t be such a shock to our system!
YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD! LIVE LIKE IT!