THE POWERS AND PRIVILEGES OF BEING SONS OF GOD

THE POWERS AND PRIVILEGES OF BEING SONS OF GOD

Preacher: Felix Ngunjiri

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Reading: John 1:10-12

Jesus Christ is our Lord and our Saviour

Jesus came to this world and was met by hostile people of God. They refused to believe that He was the Son of God. “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:10-12) [KJV]

He embarked on the mission of showing them that He is Lord of heaven and earth by working miracles after miracles for those who were sick or possessed by demons. He commanded demons to come out of God’s people, stilled a hostile stormy sea, told a fig tree to dry up due to its unfruitfulness, defied the force of gravity by walking on the water and performed many other miracles to prove that He is both Lord and God. The word Lord actually means owner and ruler.

The angels of God announced to the shepherds that a Saviour had been born in Bethlehem, who is Christ the Lord. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 [KJV]) Over two thousand years ago, a savior was born to seek and save the lost. He is still saving the lost to date because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!” (Heb 13:8 [NET])

During His sermon on the mountain, Jesus revealed to his followers that He is Lord. He asked them “why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 [KJV])

His followers and those who needed to be healed believed that He is Lord (owner, ruler) of heaven and earth and started calling Him Lord. “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matt 8:2-3) [KJV])

“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.” (Matt 8:5-7 [KJV])

“And when he was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him! “(Matt 8:23-27 [KJV])

When you receive Jesus Christ, you become a child and heir of God

All who received Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives, to them has He given them the power to become children of God. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;” (Rom 8:17 [KJV]) There is a difference between children of God and people of God (all the people of this world). We become children of God by adoption. This is mentioned in Galatians 4 where it says: “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Therefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal 4:4-7) [KJV] It is clear from this passage that we are not “sons” merely by virtue of being human beings. At birth we are “under the law,” still awaiting our redemption. We are born as God’s people, and his servants, but not his children. Only after we are received into God’s family by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord of our life does God declare that we are his children with all the rights and privileges of a child of God, a son of the Most High God. We become citizens of the Kingdom of God which is the Kingdom of Heaven, with all the trappings of power and with ownership rights of all that belongs to our Father who art in heaven. Just because we know Him as our Father and Jesus as our Lord qualifies us to receive His grace (God’s goodness given to us as favour although we do not deserve it) and His peace multiplied several times and exceedingly great promises so that we partake (eat or drink) of His divine nature. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2Pet 1:2-4 [KJV])

He also appoints us as His representatives here on earth to be His ambassadors on earth. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (2Cor 5:20 [KJV])

 

All what God has is then available to His children. When you cry to God Abba Father or Daddy, He has promised that He “shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19 [KJV]) The Bible says that God shall supply all your needs – physical, spiritual, financial, all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus our Lord. He has promised to supply our needs according to what He has in His entire riches, not from His riches. He has promised to serve our needs from His high table that is full of all that is beneficial to us: His peace in our bodies, in our minds, in our finances, in our families, in our surroundings and in our fellowship with Himif we shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus as our Saviour, and shall believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, then we shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom 10:9-10) [KJV]

Amen.

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