God as a Father

Text: 1 John 3:8-9

It’s important to know that salvation is not a reformation, turning over a new leaf, making a promise or giving your heart to God.  It is a new birth among other things.

How many here commit sin?  So according to the text, it looks like you’re not a child of God. Or maybe he means there is a part of you that is not born of God and a part of you now that is.   Let’s look at the Bible as a whole to see what this means.

Birth of the children by the father

  • When your belief, your faith, receives the truth, life begins
  • When your belief, your faith, receive a lie corruption begins
  • The term born again means another birth; a spiritual birth
    • For a baby it is generally nine months after conception.  For a newborn child of God it is when the seed of the word of God has been planted, watered, takes root (parable of the sower and the seed in) – Luke 8:15
    • The expression of it is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – Galatians 3:26
  • John 1:12 – son of God, referring to the new Spirit that you’ve received
  • the child is a son of God – 1 John 3:1-2
  • Also a new creature – 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15
  • the son of God puts on the new man – Ephesians 2:15, 4:24, Colossians 3:10
    • That’s important because we are currently robed in flesh that is the old man
    • Body didn’t change at salvation, but it does not change later – Romans 8:23
    • Redemption of the body comes at the Rapture/Resurrection of the church, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and Ephesians 4:30

Traits that are passed on through the father

  • John 8:44 – lies and corruption
  • John 8:51 – eternal life
  • Conception/Birth determines what we are
    • First physical birth – Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    • New birth – 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
    • This new seed or generation is holy, sinless and incorruptible.  1 John 3:9 – remember this is only the spirit that has been born again so far. We still live in bodies of flesh that are full of sin.
  • Conception/Birth determines these things
    • appetite/diet – 1 Peter 2:2 desire the sincere milk of the word
    • social setting/fellowship
    • reproduction/after their kind
    • What your end will be – This is the predestination of Romans 8:29-30.  The end is the restored image of God.
  • If you’re saved, you are a new creature that calls God, Father.

 Benefits of the Father

  • access, acceptance, fellowship
  • heirs of God
    • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    • 1 Corinthians 15:50-53
    • Galatians 5:19-21
  • Take the death and destruction of the devil.  In God’s wisdom he takes that and uses it for his good.
    • Where Satan’s power ends, the Lord Jesus Christ’s power begins.
  • joint heirs with Christ
    • the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and was glorified and will be glorified.  We have the same opportunity
    • John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.