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Summary: The privilege of being one of God’s kids.

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His Kids

1 John 2:28-3:10

April 25, 2004

1 John 2:28-29 (NIV)

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

Confident and Unashamed

 No looking over your shoulder

 Not caught off guard

 Comes from staying the course

 Right living is evidence of Sonship

1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure.

Children of God

 Adopted sons and daughters

• All of the privileges of family

 Separate from this world

 We will be like Jesus

• Transformed

1 John 3:4-6 (NIV)

Everyone who sins beaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Sin Removal

 The lawlessness of sin – Romans 6:23

• Brings condemnation

• Brings consequences

Romans 6:23a (NIV)

The wages of sin is death…

Sin Removal

 The lawlessness of sin – Romans 6:23

• Brings condemnation

• Brings consequences

 Jesus paid for our sins – Romans 5:8

• He was perfect and sinless

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Sin Removal

 The lawlessness of sin – Romans 6:23

• Brings condemnation

• Brings consequences

 Jesus paid for our sins – Romans 5:8

• He was perfect and sinless

 We experience a change of heart – 2 Corinthians 3:18

• The desire to habitually sin is removed

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

1 John 3:7-10 (NIV)

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Satan – The Father of Sin

 Satan has a depraved sin nature

 Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil

 Actions are the evidence of the heart

The Devil’s Children

 Continue to blatantly sin

 Have no love for their brother

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