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Title: Grasping the Benefits of Having the Son
this evening I want to read to you from the Scriptures about what the Ultimate Father did for each and everyone of us
our text for this evening is the all familiar
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I would like to propose to you that those who receive the Father's gift, receives all the Father has.
The Bible gives us this wonderful truth, in
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
You and I are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The benefits of being a child of God are many.
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,
So that we can know Him and walk in step with the Holy Spirit.
That kind of love has got to be treasured;
someone may give their life for a friend, co-worker, a loved one or possibly in service of their country.
But Christ died for those who despised Him
It has got to be remembered, when we accepted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we were not only adopted into the Fathers family as sons and daughters, we were drafted in the war for the souls of mankind.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
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.'
We'll you know that With the sins of the world on the way to destroy all of mankind, Jesus, sacrificed His life on the cross so we could receive eternal life.
He is the Friend who gave His life for us.
Second we have
2.) The benefit of Grace.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,