Summary: Coming to Jesus as children go to thier father
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water¨
I. We Are God’s CHILDREN
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father.[ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family--calling him "Father, dear Father." For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures--for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering
II. Come to Me
a) So I can LOVE_ you.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.¨ John 3:16(NIV)
b) So I can SAVE_ you
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.¨
c) So you can know you are MINE_
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16-18(NIV)
d) So You can know your FATHER
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13(NIV)