Sons of God

God’s heart for His children is incredible.  He hungers for us to know perfect security as His children.  We are born-again by His Spirit and He plants His life in us so we will experience all He is for us.  He doesn’t make us alive and then leave us to our own resources.  He is our very life.
Romans 8:14–15 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 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!” 
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  We were born in Adam and alienated from God.  When we are born-again we have this new relationship to God as members of His family.  To be a son is to have the Spirit.  All who are in Christ have been given His Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the seal of our salvation.  Jesus died for us so He could live in us and then through us.   Being led by the Spirit is confirmation we have been made the sons of God.  How can you be certain you are a child of God?  He is leading your life!  He leads us by stirring our heart, convicting us of our sinful actions and attitudes, and provoking us to love Him and others.  He changes our desires to conform to His will.  This isn’t because our performance is perfect. His life in us convicts us of sin and gives us a desire to see His life expressed through us.  As we walk in the Spirit the fruit of the Spirit will be manifest in our lives.  Love, joy, peace, gentleness, compassion, goodness, and faith will be awakened in us and flow from us.  Being sons brings us into a new relationship to God and His family.  As the sons of God we are in relationship as brothers and sisters of all who are in Christ.  You are now a son of the living God with power to overcome sin.  Though you may be temporarily overcome, you are never ultimately defeated because you are a son of the living God! 
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, As sons we are set free from the bondage of fear.  Anyone who lives under a law system, hoping to be accepted based on their performance, lives in fear.  Slavery to sin produces fear.  All gods of man’s creation and all the false religions use fear as a means of control over its followers.  We have a completely different spirit or motive, love!  How much of what you do is rooted in fear? Fear of rejection, abandonment, and the unknown can cause people to act in irrational ways.  The Spirit is in us to remove the fear!
2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 
Why do we have no fear when we come to Him?  Because His love is perfect.  We receive His perfect love and this love perfects us.  Those who knew Jesus best did not fear Him.  The people came and worshipped Him.  He is the Father who runs to all His prodigal children.  He isn’t passive in His love toward us.  Peter failed Him miserably on the night of the crucifixion and all of his self-confident boasting was lost.  His religious pride and devotion were lost.  He denied the One he professed to love more than all others.  In despair over his failures he led the group and went fishing.  The Lord pursued him to Galilee and when Peter saw Him he did not run from the Lord but made the quickest hundred yard swim to shore because even in his failures he knew he was Abba’s child.  The fear was gone because Love was there.  What are you afraid of?  Give Him those fears and let His love take each one of them away.
but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!  God has taken us out of our natural family and has made us His sons, a part of His family.  It is a legal transaction, but it is far more.  He plants His own divine nature in us through His Spirit.  You have a Father who is concerned for you, loves you, protects and guards you.  For some people today the concept of adoption carries the idea of second-class status in the family.  However, in the Roman culture of Paul’s day an adopted child, especially an adopted son, sometimes had greater privilege than the natural child.  We have been taken from the family of Adam and placed into the family of God.  We are blessed to call Him our Abba.  We are able to cry out to God, our Papa.  Abba is a term that conveyed intimacy, tenderness and familiarity.  It was inconceivable for a Jew to call out to God as Abba; because the law had made them distant.  Jesus called His Father Abba.  When Jesus was agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane as He was about to take on Himself the sins of the world, He said “Abba! Father! All things are possible for you; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36).  When Jesus faced the cross He called out to the one He knew cared the deepest for Him.  Jesus authorizes all disciples to call Him Abba.  He cried out to Abba and He authorizes us as His disciples to use the same word.  Some people have a hard time understanding God as a father because of their own dysfunctional fathers but He wants us to understand Him as the one who is our Papa.  We need to put aside all of our distorted views of God until we see Him as the tender compassionate Abba.  Jesus, we know, was loved by His Father.  Why is it so hard for us to accept He paid such an incredible price so we could be His beloved?  We must give up the idea of being worthy of His love and accept we are Abba’s children – His dearly beloved.
I hope you have an incredible week.  Try to remember that no success or failure defines you.  You are who Jesus says you are, beloved child and He’s your Abba. 
You are loved!
Pastor Tim