I’m a child of God….now what?
You are free to live the Christian life and mature:
God offers freedom from the guilt and punishment of sin to all who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:1). As one who has believed in Jesus Christ for these things, you are now assured of His acceptance of you as member of His eternal family (John 10:27-29). Now that you are His child and a Christian, it is important to know the fundamental truths of Christianity so that you may grow to spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18).
The Bible is our instruction manual for life:
The Bible is the written revelation of the Living Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). It has been inspired by the Holy Spirit so that human authors wrote down exactly what He led them to write. We are invited to let His Word richly dwell in us (Colossians 3:16) so that we may be able to do that which is pleasing in His sight (2 Corinthians 5:9).
God consists of three Persons:
This is known as “The Trinity.” The Father is the Planner, the Son is the One who carries out the Father’s Plan, and the Holy Spirit is the Revealer of the Plan (John 16:13-15). They are three persons in one being. Jesus is the “exact representation” of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:3) meaning that He is the part of the Godhead that became visible.
As a child of God you have obtained:
The Father’s love that made you His child.
1 John 3:1
The guarantee of a new body with the ability to see God’s glory for eternity.
1 John 3:2
The power through reliance on the Holy Spirit to identify false spirits (which are views of the world that are not of God).
1 John 4:1-4
The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to lead us as evidence of our regeneration, (which means we have been born again).
The sealing, or spiritual mark of approval, of the Holy Spirit who guaranteed our inheritance.
An inheritance of heavenly blessings that will last forever.
The Glory of being a child of The King.
The power to be “above reproach,” meaning to live by God’s standards in your culture and era.
A never-ending spiritual life, so that you may have courage in this life.
How then should I live as a child of God?
By confessing your sins to God and thus allowing your relationship with Him to develop.
1 John 1:9
By not “grieving,” or disappointing, the Holy Spirit through sin in your life by consistently examining yourself.
By not “quenching” the Holy Spirit, which means to reject His leading by living in ongoing sin, with no desire to stop sinful activity.
1 Thessalonians 5:19
By praying at all times to the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Name of the Son.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
By the endurance of suffering as a good soldier, prepared for spiritual battle.
2 Timothy 2:3
By recognizing discipline from God and making adjustments to your life.
By seeking to be a “doer” of the Word and not just a “hearer” of it.
By diligently studying the Scriptures to show yourself approved seeking to accurately interpret His Word and apply it to life.
2 Timothy 2:15
By growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18
By going to make disciples, or students of the Word of God who seek to live its truths, by teaching them to observe all that He commands. Matthew 28:18-20
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