Topic: Child by Grace [Tuesday 13, September 2016]
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 41-43, Psalms 57
The reference to Christians as children of God by the New Testament
describes their status and privileges as the adopted children of God. By
this, believers are no longer slaves but children of God by grace. In
this respect, Galatians 4:7 says:
“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
And Romans 8:15 says:
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye
have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
These Bible passages confirm that Christians are children of God by
grace and not by merit. I pray that the grace of Abba Father will always
be available to work in your favour in Jesus’ name.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says our salvation
is entirely by grace, not works. This is why God chooses the most
unlikely people for Heavenly assignments, Just like He chose a
persecutor like Saul as a divine vessel (Acts 9:10-18). If it wasn’t for grace, many of us would never have been called to salvation, much more become servants of the Most-High God. In Jeremiah 1:4-5,
God told this great prophet that he was chosen even before he developed
as a foetus in his mother’s womb. Before His birth, he had been
ordained. God has blessed many with beautiful talents and abilities, and
when they engage such talents, you would be amazed at the results they
will birth. As the Potter, He is free to do what He likes with His clay (Romans 9:20-21).
He may decide to give someone a beautiful voice, while He gives hands
that can play the guitar or piano to somebody else. What is most
important is yielding totally to the Lord and allowing Him to have His
way in your life. Has the Lord endowed you with some talents or unique
abilities? Are you effectively and effectually employing them in serving
Him? Always remember that you were chosen not because you are special,
but by grace. You are a product of divine choice, so learn to glorify
God in everything you do. 1 John 3:1-2 says:
“1 Behold, what manner of
love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him
not. 2 Beloved, now are we
the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see
him as he is.”
Being called children of God is a privilege that changed our status from
darkness to light; we are now led by the Spirit of God to do His will.
We have also become heirs of God (Romans 8:17). We are fellow citizens with the saints and household of God.
Prayer Point: Father, please let me enjoy the grace of sonship forever in Jesus’ name.
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