Monday, June 16, 2008

Adoption: The Wonder of God's Love | Sermon Notes

What follows is a rough outline of "Adoption: The Wonder of God's Love," a sermon by guest minister Robin Boisvert given at Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, Md., on June 15, 2008, Father's Day. Boisvert is a pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md. Please note that some of my thoughts are woven through what follows, particularly the notes following the bolded portions in the number list below.

Sermon audio available for download here.

The text for the sermon comes from I John 3:1-3 (ESV):

3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears [1] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.


Main point: Adoption is the highest privilege in the Christian life. Not only are we justified by God, imputed with Christ's righteousness and forgiven of our sins, and not only are our hearts regenerated, turned from stone to flesh, so that we desire God, but we are made His child.

Basically, it's like the judge stepping down from the bench and taking us home with him after acquitting us.

The passage here, and the totality of I John as a letter is that we might not only have but KNOW we have eternal life in Christ Jesus.

As such, there are four truths in this passage which can encourage us greatly:


1) Adoption is a wonderful privilege --"what kind of love" is an expression of wonder, of amazement at God's miraculous working upon our hearts, to adopt us and grant us His Holy Spirit by whom we cry, "Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6)


2) Adoption is a present reality -- we are sons of God now. This has tremendous implications to our sojourn through this life, and quite markedly in our prayer life, as we address God as our Father


3) Adoption is a transforming truth


4) Adoption is a purifying hope -- Our adoption as sons of God gives us joyful desire to become more and more like the Son, Jesus Christ, living to His honor and glory, seeking to do that which is pleasing to the Father, not out of fear or mechanical obligation, but out of a desire to be like our heavenly Father

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