Sons of God J.I. Packer Knowing God Chapter 19. 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, That we should be called the sons of God. Sons of God Outline What is a Christian? New God / Man Relationship Adoption (five key dimensions) The Great Secret.
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Knowing God Chapter 19
Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us,
That we should be called the sons of God
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. ... And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring” – Gal. 3:26 - 29
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God; and such we are. ….. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet that we shall be. We know that, if He should appear, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.”
God went to the cross for us and then adopted us because He chose to do so, not because He had to
Rom. 8:15 – You have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out “Abba! Father!” and Galatians 4:6
While it is true that justification frees one forever from need to keep the Law of God or try to as the means of earning eternal life,
it is equally true that adoption lays on believers the abiding obligation to keep the law as the means of pleasing your new father.
God said “Be holy as I am holy.” Lev 11:44
Packer reviews Reformed, Roman Catholics, Puritan, Wesleyan, and general Evangelicals views on assurance (p.223 & 224)
His position - If God in His love made us His children, and if He is the perfect Father, then two things follow:
Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs of God and fellow heirs of Christ , ….”
8:35f – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”