1. Sonship Comes With Salvation
a) We Receive Sonship Through The Person Of Jesus Christ John 1:12-13, NIV –“(12) Yet to all who received him [Jesus], to those who believed in his [Jesus] name, he gave the right to become children of God –(13) children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
b) Jesus Lives Out Sonship In And Through Us
Galatians 2:20, NIV –“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. …”
c) Our New Birth Gives Us A New Parent
1 Peter 1:23, NIV –“For you have been born again [born from above], not of perishable seed, but of imperishable …”
John 1:12-13, NIV –“… children of God … born of God.”
d) We Are Filled With The Spirit Of Sonship
Romans 8:15-16, NIV – “(15) For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’(16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
We have a new identity –we are now sons of God
Our very nature has been changed –into being a child of God
2. Sonship Is An Expression Of God’s Lavish Love Toward Us
a) You Are A Completely New –Not Improved –Creation
1 John 3:1-2, NIV, “(1) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (2) Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV –“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
b) Sonship Is Proof Of God’s Great Love For Us
1 John 3:1-2, NIV, “(1) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
c) God Chose Us –Willingly!
Ephesians 1:3-6, NIV –“(3) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (4) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (5) he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – (6) to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
God knew in advance what He was getting, and yet He still chose us!
It gave God pleasure, to adopt you as a son or daughter
3. Sonship Empowers Us To Be Truly Free
a) Dearly Loved Children Are Empowered To Be Like Their Father
Ephesians 5:1, NIV –“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children”
It is God’s love toward us that draws us and empowers us to be like Him
The closer we come to God’sheart, the more we become like Him
b) The Divine Seed Within Us Sets Us Free
1 John 3:7-9, NIV –“(7) Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. (8) He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (9) No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”
Because God’s seed remains within us, be are spiritually genetically like our Father, who is holy, pure, righteous, and loving. The seed of God within us, empowers us and drives us to turn from sin, and toward righteousness
4. Sonship Brings Us Into A Great Inheritance
a) We Are Heirs Of Present And Future Benefits
Romans 8:17, NIV – “(17) Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” As a son or daughter of God, we become an heir of God, and gain access to God’s resources James 1:5, NIV –“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Romans 12:6, NIV –“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. …”
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-6
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.