Being a Child of God

Hello, everyone! I haven’t been very WordPress-active recently, but spiritually my relationship with Abba, Father has been very happy and peaceful. He has given me the basic, simple, and much-desired concentration and longing I need to read His word. Am reminded of “whatever you ask ACCORDING TO HIS WILL He hears and will give you.” My will should be His. I have asked for spiritual desire and understanding and Be is giving me that taste of His word so that I am hungry for more.

The main reason of my posting tonight is I wanted to share with C. Spurgeon’s on Romans 8:17. I’ve often notice Spurgeon would preached based on the text but usually not exactly the words and meaning of the text. In this he does and it is very refreshing!

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The joint heirs and their divine portion

‘Joint heirs with Christ.’ Romans 8:17

Suggested Further Reading: Galatians 3:23–4:7

The apostle has proceeded through a simple but exceedingly forcible train of reasoning till he gains this glorious point—‘Joint heirs with Christ.’ He begins thus—‘Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.’ This is a fact which he takes for granted because he has perceived it in the hearts of believers. We do cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ From this he infers that if God has given us the Spirit whereby we call him ‘Father,’ then we are his children, which is plain, fair, and clear reasoning. Then he adds—‘If children, then heirs’—though this does not hold true in all families, because all children are not heirs; frequently the first-born may take all the estate; but with God so long as they are children they have equal rights—‘If children then heirs.’ He goes on to say, ‘Heirs of God;’ for if they are heirs they inherit their Father’s property. God is their Father; they are therefore God’s heirs! Well, but God has another Son, one who is the first-born of every creature. Exactly so, therefore if we be heirs, as Christ Jesus is the heir of all things, we are ‘joint heirs with Christ.’ I think you will see that, like links in a chain, these different truths draw each other on—the spirit of adoption proves the fact of adoption; by the act of adoption we are children; if children then heirs; if heirs, heirs of God; but since there is another heir, we must therefore be joint heirs with Christ Jesus. Blessed is the man to whom this reasoning is not abstract, but experimental. Happy is he who can follow the apostle step by step.

For meditation: Christ has been appointed ‘heir of all things’ (Hebrews 1:2). His joint-heirs inherit, among other things, the earth (Matthew 5:5), everlasting life (Matthew 19:29), the kingdom (Matthew 25:34James 2:5), salvation (Hebrews 1:14), the promises (Hebrews 6:12), righteousness by faith (Hebrews 11:7), and the grace of life (1 Peter 3:7). Are all things yours in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:21–23)?

Sermon no. 402
28 July (1861)

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Is God the Father Harsh?

I love reading God’s word. It is such an intimate part of my relationship with God. I can feel the Holy Spirit working in me, helping me understand and groaning inside me with groans that cannot be uttered. I know Christ, my Savior, is mediating for me and that God, the sovereign Father is listening. But sometimes, despite this spiritual reality,  I can grow confused with my “practical” sinful thoughts in the horribly beautiful world tainted with man’s wretchedness. I think as God the Father as harsh. Stern. An incompassionate judge. A daddy who is distant, overbearing, and always frowning. I then think of Jesus as the compassionate One. Lastly, and equally as heinously, I count the Holy Spirit as comparativly insignificant. How can confuse reality so? How can I read that God the Father sent His only Son to die for me who never loved Him, and never would unless Christ died for me, and think such terrible things? God didn’t need me. Jesus wasn’t forced to die, but He wanted to. For me. The Holy Spirit doesn’t have to groan for me, sanctifying me. But he does.

Understanding what I already know at least in tiny part–that God the Father is NOT cold, and the whole council of God, the Trinity, works together in perfect unity–is still difficult for me to wrap my head around. In Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening (I think these are abridged.) today he speaks on this. I wasn’t planning on reading it, and definitely not tonight, but I did. It is extremely helpful, so I am going to share it with you.

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“Jude 1

“Sanctified in Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 1:2

“Through sanctification of the Spirit.”

1 Peter 1:2

Mark the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if he were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but destitute of kindness. Equally wrong are those who magnify the decree of the Father, and the atonement of the Son, so as to depreciate the work of the Spirit. In deeds of grace none of the Persons of the Trinity act apart from the rest. They are as united in their deeds as in their essence. In their love towards the chosen they are one, and in the actions which flow from that great central source they are still undivided. Specially notice this in the matter of sanctification. While we may without mistake speak of sanctification as the work of the Spirit, yet we must take heed that we do not view it as if the Father and the Son had no part therein. It is correct to speak of sanctification as the work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit. Still doth Jehovah say, “Let us make man in our own image after our likeness,” and thus we are “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in the Trinity are represented as co-working to produce a Church without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” And you, believer, as the follower of Christ, must also set a high value on holiness–upon purity of life and godliness of conversation. Value the blood of Christ as the foundation of your hope, but never speak disparagingly of the work of the Spirit which is your meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light. This day let us so live as to manifest the work of the Triune God in us.”