The Spirit of Adoption
Luke 15:17-24 (NLT) 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
“If the feelings and thoughts you have ABOUT God don’t draw you TO Him then they are not FROM him.”
21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
From Death to Life
1.Come to our senses & head home
2. Confess our condition
Romans 3:10 (NIV) There is no one righteous, not even one.
Colossians 2:13 (NLT) You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
1 John 1:8-9 (NIV) 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
“Bring me the finest Rob…In the house.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Regeneration: “He was dead now he is alive”
3. Be Reborn
John 3:3-6(NIV) "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
“To enter a supernatural relationship in a supernatural kingdom we have to have a supernatural birth.”
We must simply Accept our Acceptance.
John 1:12 (NIV) Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
The Spirit of Adoption
Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
1. You are Worth it
Jesus didn’t come to measure your worth but to reveal it.
2. You are Approved
Jesus didn’t just change the score he changed the game.
Galatians 4:4-7(NLT) When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
3. You are Wanted
Chosen: Eklektos- Elected, selected/chose by implication of favorite.
4. You are Embraced
James 1:18 (NLT2) He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
5. You are never alone