Bible Baptist Church

" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3


Children of God by Faith in Christ Jesus


Galatians 3:26-29; I John 3:1-10


Introduction:

·         In SS the adult class is studying the book of I John. There, Christians are referred to as “little children.” Christians are lovingly called children of God

·         Robert Fulghum wrote in the Kansas City Times, "Most of what I really need to know about [life], I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

·         "These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody . . . When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. "

·         Matthew 18:3/ I Corinthians 13:11- The Bible calls us to have child-like faith-Humility and dependence upon God! Not childish faith!

o   Childish faith is selfish/self-serving

o   Childish faith is envious- looks on what others have

o   Childish faith does not desire to grow and mature

 

I.                    What makes one a child of God?- Gal 3:26

a.      One of the most damnable heresies around today - and it is the #1 doctrine of the liberal churches - is the so-called "universal Fatherhood of God." That is not biblical!

b.      Not everyone is a child of God! There is a sense that we are all his creation, but we are not all His children! I know this is not politically correct, but its biblically correct!

c.       How can I become a child of God?

d.      Abraham was a friend of God- through faith. We become the children of God by faith!

e.      Mention the fallacy of birthright to salvation comparable to OT Jews

f.        God may have children, but He has no grandchildren!

g.      See v. 26, John 1:12-13

h.      Read I John 3:1-10

i.        The standing is impressive. To be among the sons of God means that we have a special relationship with God as a loving and caring Father. It is a place of closeness, a place of affection, a place of special care and attention.

j.        There must be a bestowal of sonship- I John 3:1

                                                              i.      We have a natural origin: children of the devil (wrath Eph. 2). This is God’s estimation of man! It’s why we sin (elaborate)

                                                            ii.      We need a new, Divine origin- John 1:13, I John 3- born of God! We must be born again! We need God to do it!

k.       So according to what we just studied, there are only two options! You are either a child of God or a child of the devil. Have you become a child of God?

l.        We become God’s children by faith

                                                              i.      What is faith? To trust, depend, rely upon

                                                            ii.      Illustr- Blondine tightrope walker

m.    Sonship is a present possession!

                                                              i.      I John 3:2- Beloved, now are we the sons of God

                                                            ii.      Romans 8:14- For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

                                                          iii.      We receive Christ, we immediately, without delay, enter into the family of God!

                                                           iv.      You don’t have to just hope for the best! It’s yours as a present possession!

II.                  The present life of a child of God

a.      Present manifestation of this sonship

b.      What do we try and cultivate in our children?

                                                              i.      Discipline, character, obedience

                                                            ii.      We chasten them

                                                          iii.      We love them unconditionally- before they could do or say anything we already loved them.

c.       I John 3:8-10- the contrast between God’s seed and Satan’s

d.      I John 3:6, 9- The present tense in the Greek verb implied habit, continuity, unbroken sequence” Sin: An Attack on Relationship. We are either abiding in sin or abiding in Christ

e.      Being a child of God means I am righteous!

                                                              i.      Standing- I have been made a righteous son. Can never change

                                                            ii.      Walk- I should live as a righteous son- sadly can change

f.        Like our earthly parents, if we are truly children of God, then it should show in our likeness to Him

g.      You don’t have to sin, because we have something of the very nature of God implanted into us enabling us to live righteous lives!

h.       (1Jo 3:7) Righteousness will show in a person’s life.

i.        Gal. 3:27-28 -Identity in Christ- baptism, unity

                                                              i.      Water Baptism does not save. That would contradict dozens of other scriptures which teach salvation by grace through faith.

                                                            ii.      Illustr- everything the Bible has to say about infant baptism empty tract

                                                          iii.      Baptism simply means to immerse

                                                           iv.      Many Christians seem content with just “dipping” into Jesus. God wants us to be fully immersed in Jesus; not sprinkled, not just a part of us dipped. When a person is immersed in water, you don’t even see the person much anymore – you mostly see the water. When we live as baptized into Christ, you don’t see so much of “me” anymore; you mostly see Jesus.

                                                             v.      Union with Christ takes place immediately at conversion. Baptism is a public testimony to that union. It is a public identification with Christ, which Paul refers to as "putting on Christ" (3:27).

                                                           vi.      Put on Christ- another way of describing this baptism. we “clothe ourselves” with Jesus as our identity.

                                                         vii.      Political lines, culture, money/social status, job, etc.- We are in Christ!

                                                       viii.      In his morning prayers, the Pharisee would pray, "I thank Thee O God that I am a Jew and not a Gentile, that I am a free man and not a slave, and that I am a man and not a woman."

III.                The inheritance of a child of God

a.      Divine hope of sonship

b.      See adoption Romans 8:14-17

c.       See also Galatians 4:6-7- Sons are never slaves and slaves are never sons in their father’s house. Jesus illustrated this in the parable of the prodigal son, where the son was determined to return to his father as a slave – but the father refused, and would only receive him as a son.

d.      And if a son, then an heir: There is a beautiful progression. First we are set free from slavery. Then we are declared sons and adopted into God’s family. Then, as sons, we are made heirs.

e.      Paul probably has in mind the Roman custom of adoption

f.        God has given us spiritual riches! Why do we live as paupers, and bankrupts? We are children of the King! And we have access to His riches! (Philippians 4:19, Eph. 1:18)

g.      We share an inheritance with Christ, we share an intimacy with the Father and call Him Abba (daddy).

h.      I John 3:2-3

 

Conclusion:

·         You may notice we say “brother” and “sister” around here- that’s because we are family!

·         The chorus we often love to sing: “I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God- I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, For I'm part of the family, the family of God.”

·         Are you a part of the family of God? Does it show in your present life? Are glorying in the riches God has prepared for us in our inheritance as His children?

 

Decision: Knowing that I’m a child of God, and living like it!