God is Our Adopter
Topic: Occupied With Greatness Passage: John 9:1–9:13
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Guest Preacher, Manik Corea with NAMS
Preaching Text: John 1:19-13
God desires for people everywhere to become his children. So he made it possible for us, born orphaned and bereft of relationship with him because of sin in us, to be adopted back into his family by taking away our sin through the sacrifice of his Son.
As part of his great rescue act, God sent the Light of the world, his Son and our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring the light of his truth and grace into our world of darkness. He did this so that we could be his sons and daughters.
J.I. Packer, the eminent Anglican theologian, argues: “You sum up the whole of Old 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.”
Scripture bears this out – see for example, John 1:12; Matthew 6:9 and especially Romans 8:12-17, which is the crème de la crème of Scriptures regarding God's plans for us, present and future tense, as his adopted children. Romans 8:15 explicitly teaches us that we have been adopted as God's children, with all the rights of inheritance and security which verse 17 outlines.
What will your response be to this great act of love on God’s behalf? Will you walk in his ways and find his purpose for you in your life so that you bring great glory to his name? Will you give your all to him? “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1).