2012-06-15 - The Righteous Child of God
The Epistles of John ~ Part 42 ~ 1 John 3
What a blessing it is to be a believer. John is amazed at the great love of God. This love is shown not only through the gift of salvation, but by believers being His children. For a Jew, as John was, the concept of being a child of God was overwhelming. Previously, there had been no personal relationship between God and the individual Hebrew. But through the work of Christ on the cross, God has become our Father. Jesus referred to this when he said:
"This, then, is how you should pray: "`Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name'" (Matthew 6:9).
The child of God has direct access to the Father through prayer. It means we are no longer slaves to sin. In dependency on the Holy Spirit, we can chose to be obedient. And finally, we can look forward to an eternity in the presence of God.
To be continued.