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Like a Little Child

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Seeing God as Father

Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 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.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.

(John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14, 16-17; Matthew 7:9-11; James 1:17-18)

God goes by many names that describe His nature and character. But you can just Him… Dad.

When God wanted to put His love into terms we could understand, He painted Himself in the biblical imagery of a Father, not the kind who rants and raves, fussing about the way you keep your room or teaching you how to drive by pounding the dashboard every time you change lanes in traffic. Not the kind who’s tied up (again) at work, or only visible from the waist down behind his morning paper, apparently unconcerned with the things that matter most to you. Neither is He a doting grandfather, mindlessly doling out dollar bills so you can buy your fill of candy and bubble gum. This Father who asks you to walk with Him will ask more of you than anyone possibly could, your life, in fact, for the privilege of being on personal terms with the God of the universe. But in return, you’ll receive a love that’s so complete and unconditional, so honest and pure, so rich in mercy and long on patience, that you’ll want nothing more than to please Him, to make Him proud of you, to find your reason for living in His gentle smile.

“God will go out of His way to make His children feel His love for them and know their privilege and security as members of His family.” – J. I. Packer

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Tomorrow’s Reading: Not only do you get to enjoy a close, personal relationship with God the Father; this new adopted family of yours includes a big brother you’d love to be like.

 

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Fifteen Truths About Jesus

Christianity views all other religions, as well as denominations and cults on their assessment of and faithfullness to the persons of Jesus and His teaching

Jesus is God
1. Jesus forgives sins – “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Mark 2:10

2. Jesus preformed miracles – “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father.” John 10:32

3. Jesus is one with God the Father – “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.” – Augustine of Hippo

4. Jesus came from the Father – “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” John 16:28

5. Jesus is the Christ – “The high priest asked Him [Jesus], ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ ‘I am,’ said Jesus.” Mark 14:61-62

6. Jesus is the Messiah – “The [Samaritan] woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.’ Then JEsus declared, ‘I who speak to you am He.'” John 4:25-26

“Brethren, we ought so to think of Jesus Christ as of God.” – 2 Clement (the oldest extant Christian sermon after those recorded in the New Testament)

“Take hold of Jesus as a man and you will discover that He is God.” – Martin Luther

The gift of Jesus

7. Jesus came to give spiritual life – “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

8. Jesus gives us the right to become God’s children – “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.” John 1:12

9. Jesus bestows eternal life – “I give them eternal life.” John 10:28

“Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or He was Himself deluded, or He was divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma.” – George Duncan

10. Jesus keeps us in eternal life – “They shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28

11. Jesus is fully God
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12. Jesus became fully man – “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11

“Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He Himself is the Way.” – Karl Barth

The cross and resurrection of Jesus

13. Jesus’ death was a ransom for our sins – “The Son of Man … gave His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

14. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners – “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

15. Jesus rose from the dead – “But God raised Him from the dead.” Acts 2:24

“Jesus is either God, or He is not good.” – Anselm

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