Over the past few weeks in our sermon series, we have talked about some beautiful, yet heavy subjects of theology. Two subjects stand out to me, for these two subjects speak to how Jesus has saved us from our sins.
- Propitiation (found in 1 John 2:2): The objective turning away of the wrath of God from the sinner to the Savior, whereby the Savior quenches the wrath of God and satisfies divine justice forever.
- Justification (from Daniel’s sermon last week): The act of God’s free grace whereby He pardons all of our sins and accepts us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and received by faith alone.
These are two of my favorite subjects, for they teach us how God saved us from our sins.
But today, we go a step further, for Jesus came to do more than just save us from our sins…He actually came to adopt us into His family! Today in 1 John 3:1-3, we see how God is personal and relational, so much so that he calls believers the “children of God”!
If you have been saved by God’s grace, God gives to you the benefits of Adoption into his family! Yes, you are more than just “saved from your sins;” rather, God has actually made you His child. And as such, you will receive benefits that flow out of that relationship. Today, we will talk about several of those benefits: God’s love, God’s care, a Father-child relationship, His discipline, and even an inheritance.
Do you know God as your personal Father? Are you His child? See the goodness of God today as He teaches us about being children of God.
Rev. Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor