We are Transferred by Transformation.
Colossians 1:13 “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.”
This Transformation called being Born again
Being Born again is what enables us to be children of God.
“For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”
2. We Have a New “Super” Nature
We are spiritually dead without Christ. In Christ we have a living Spirit.
Although It may be our “new nature” it is our predominant nature.
We are Primarily Spirit.
“We are not humans with a spirit, rather we are spirits beings living in physical human bodies.”
John 3:5-6 "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
We struggle when we see our selves simply as people and then we have a spiritual life.
We learn a lot about Our New Nature in Jesus.
Jesus wasn't born again because he IS living spirit. God is spirit. John 4:24
In a sense Jesus’ second birth was when he was born physically.
100% God & 100% Man. Always God...Then born a Man.
He Showed us what it is like to be a Son in the Kingdom Filled & motivated by God Spirit.
“The life of Jesus is a prototype of What Spirit filled sons in the Kingdom look like.”
“His Spirit, the Spirit that raise Jesus from the dead that indwelled and empowered Jesus now dwells in you. You have the same Spirit!
Being children of God Enables & Empowers Us.
This mystery thing of God living in a temple while a select group of people get to meet with him is old and outdate.
God is into you knowing him and experiencing him...HE is in fact YOUR FATHER.
You have access to him as much as any other believer.
B. Empowers us for greatness
John 1:10 He gave the right(Power: Exousia) to become children of God.
God Qualifies you through adopting you.
We need to start acting like Royalty, Jesus Royalty with humble & meek confidence.
Galatians 4:4-7 But 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.
Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “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! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “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. 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.’ “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. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 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. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”
THE NATURE OF ABBA
1. ABBA is Intimate & Personal
- “... And while he was still a long way off. his father saw him coming.” Shows that the father was longing and waiting for the return of his son.
- ABBA Aramaic, slaves & servants were forbidden to address the head of the family by this title. “Abba Is the word framed by the lips of infants, indicating absolute trust; "father" expresses an intelligent apprehension of the relationship. The two together express the love and intelligent confidence of the child.
- Mark 14:36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
2. ABBA is FILLED with Love & Compassion
- I John 4:8 God is love.
- “Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son.”
- Psalm 145:8-10 The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
All of your works will thank you, LORD, and your faithful followers will praise you.
3. ABBA is Affectionate…
“Embraced him, and kissed him…”
He had been living among the “unclean pigs” Stinky filthy.
Those pigs ate and pooped in the same spot.
Ephesians 1:5-8 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. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered(Lavished) his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
4. ABBA Restores & Repositions
“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.’ “But his father said...
You’re Not going to be a slave….
GET THE FINEST ROBE...Probably his own Robe...covering up the PIG filled uncleanliness
PUT A RING ON HIS FINGER... Sign of Wealth & possible A family signet ring?—a symbol of reinstatement to sonship.
SNDALS FOR HIS FEET. Slaves did not normally wear sandals, though they carried and tied a master’s sandals.
KILL THE FATTENED CALF- The ONE WE HAVE BEEN FATTENING!
5. ABBA is a Rejoicer, He Likes to Party
- “We must celebrate with a feast, 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.…”
- God is mostly happy!
- Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
- Isaiah 62:5 As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.