We Are Family- Children of God
I. We Are Brethren
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:10-13)
A. We are children of God, brothers and sisters, brethren together under the Father of Glory. Through receiving Jesus and believing in His name God gave the right (exousia) to become His offspring-adoption into His Family.
B. You are not an outcast. You have been chosen to be a part of His family. As a part of the family of God you have purpose.
C. As brethren we are to preserve the harmony in the home. Sibling rivalry, dishonor, and selfishness militate against the unity that Father wants us to experience. Jesus’ message to His brethren was that they should Love one another as He had loved them, and it’s still the same today. It is His commandment. The purpose of His commandment is for us to experience the fullness of Joy and to know the nature of Real Love. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:9-12)
II. Heirs of God
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:12-19)
A. Heir- 1: one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property 2: one who inherits or is entitled to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office <heir to the throne 3: one who receives or is entitled to receive some endowment or quality from a parent or predecessor
B. There are revelations, privileges, qualities, and resources available to us because we are His children. In Christ, you discover Him, and by discovering Him you can discover who He created you to be. Those He calls, He equips and those He equips, He releases. He wants to take you on an adventure with Himself.
C. Prayer-Communicating with God is paramount. Hearing what He has to say and then being faithful to ask Him for what you need is one of the privileges we have as heirs. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:7-8)