Summary: There are benifits to having God's Son, Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord.

Title: Grasping the Benefits of Having the Son

Introduction: I want to read to you from Scripture about what the Ultimate Father did. "For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever, believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Proposition: I would propose to you that those who receive the Father's gift, receives all the Father has. The Bible gives us this wonderful truth, "What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.' So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir." (Galatians 4:1-7)

Transitional Sentence: You and I are sons through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives. The benefits of being a son of God are many. Listen carefully to these seven.

While people were living for themselves, not knowing or loving Christ, He died for their redemption. He gave His life, so we may know the Father, know Him and walk in step with the Holy Spirit.

That kind of love must be treasured; someone may have given his life for a friend, co-worker, or partner in service of our country. Christ died for those who despised Him

It must be remembered, when we accepted Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, we were not only adopted into the Father¡¯s family as sons and daughters, we were drafted in the war for the souls of mankind. (Matthew 28:18-20) It must also be noted that Jesus' death for all of mankind was a demonstration of His love for us, not a response of our love for Him.

"During World War II, an enemy submarine approached a fleet of ships in the North Atlantic. The captain of one vessel spotted the white mark of a torpedo coming directly at his ship. His transport was loaded with literally hundreds and hundreds of young soldiers on the way to the European front. He realized they would not have time to maneuver to avoid the torpedo. He grabbed the loud-speaker and cried out, 'Boys, this it!'

Nearby though, a little escorting destroyer also observed the torpedo. The captain ordered, 'Full speed ahead!' His ship steamed into the path of the torpedo. The destroyer was blown up; it sank very quickly. Every man on board died. The captain of the troop transport ship sadly said, 'The skipper of that destroyer was our friend.' (AMG Bible Illustrations)

With the sins of the world are on its way to destroy all of mankind, Jesus, sacrificed His life on the cross so we may receive eternal life. He is the Friend who gave His life for us.

2.) The benefit of Grace. Titus 2:11 says, ¡°For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people." This grace from God is offered to all of mankind. When Christ enters a man by the Holy Spirit, he is under a special grace that sustains the soul in time of need. (2 Corinthians 12:9) It provides strength. (1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Timothy 2:1) It produces thanksgiving and glory to God. (2 Corinthians 4:15) It affects our conversations. (Colossians 4:6) And it enables believers to live holy and godly lives. (2 Corinthians 1:12)

Annie Johnson Flint, quoted in John R. Rice's, Poems That Preach says it beautifully, "He giveth more grace when burdens grow greater, He sendth more strength when the labors increase. To added afflictions, He addeth His mercy, to multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed when the day is half done. When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father's full giving is only begun. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure. His power no boundary known to men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus. He giveth and giveth and giveth again."

(The Tales of the Tardy Oxcart, Swindoll)

3.) The benefit of mercy. Titus 3:5 says, ¡°Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, Whom He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.¡± "Mercy" (eleon) means "to feel compassion, pity, and show kindness." It draws oneself to want to care for someone who cannot help themselves. It enables one to see a need and meet the need. God not only beheld our need for salvation, He enables us to receive His salvation found in Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God not only sees our need for righteous living, He also enables to live a righteous life. Upon our repentance, we receive His mercy freely at no cost to us. (The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible)

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