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Summary: In this passage we learn what we have in common that makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.

Introduction

When I went back to the United States in March I was privileged to see all 4 of my brothers and sisters

As brothers and sisters we have a common history and heritage, that shared experience creates an uncommon bond between us, we are family. We share something special. Only at my family gatherings can the phrase "kick your own shoe" elicit howls of laughter. You wouldn’t understand even if I explained it to you, It’s a Caley family thing. We understand because we have a history together

Proposition: As members of God’s family we also share a very special bond.

Interrogative: So what exactly is it that binds us together? What do we have in common as sons and daughters of God?

Transition: There are three important things that Paul notes about our common heritage in our text today. The first is the most obvious thing that brothers and sisters always share. We have the same...

I. Parent

1. We are sons and daughters of God

3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

It has been popular for sometime to talk about the universal brotherhood of man and the universal fatherhood of God, The problem is that this concept isn’t biblical. According to this verse (and others) we become the children of God through our faith in Christ.

Our faith in Jesus makes us recipients of God’s grace and causes us to be adopted by our heavenly Father.

If you have put your trust in Christ for salvation you are my brother or sister, If you haven’t, then you can be.

A natural result of being adopted by our loving father is that...

2. We love our "Daddy"

4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."

ILLUSTRATION: A minister was speaking to the Sunday school about the things money can’t buy. "It can’t buy laughter and it can’t buy love" he told them. Driving his point home he said, "What would you do if I offered you $1,000 not to love your mother and father?" Stunned silence ensued. Finally a small voice queried, "How much would you give me not to love my big sister?"

The point the preacher meant to make was that loving our parents is a natural thing. So natural in fact that with earthly parents who don’t deserve that love children are incapable of not loving them.

Paul says that the Spirit of Christ or the Spirit of adoption cries out Abba, Father. Abba is the Hebrew for "my father" roughly equivalent to "Daddy." It’s natural to feel an affectionate bond toward our Father.

We should expect to feel that way and we should express it both in worship and in service, living our lives to reflect the image of our Father.

So the first thing we share as Brothers and sisters is a Parent the second is...

II. Parity

3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Notice I didn’t say equality, I said Parity--I know what your thinking, "because it starts with a ’P.’" Well, not so this time, Parity is the right word. Equality would imply sameness, and I don’t think that’s what the Scripture is saying, what it’s saying is that we have the same status as children of God. We’re not all the same, we have different needs, challenges and abilities, but none of us is more a son or daughter than another.


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