Father's Day (Ephesians 1:4-6, Galatians 4:5, 1 John 3:1-2, Galatians 4:1-7, Romans 8:22, 2 Corinthians 5:2, Ephesians 1:13-14)

Jack Graham, 06/18/2017
Part of the Holidays & Observances series, preached at a Sunday Morning service



Sunday (AM) June 18, 2017

Quote: "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to be around him, But when I got to twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years," Mark Twain

Quote: "the greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad!" Anon. Only if all children could say this from the heart!

The sweetest words a child can hear that's in foster care is, "a family wants to adopt you".

What does the Bible say about adoption?
Ephesians 1:4-6. This is great news, worth shouting out!
Galatians 4:5
1 John 3:1-2: What manner of Love?

Galatians 4:1-7
We enter into God's family by regeneration. Adoption as written in the New Testament means "to place as an adult son",

Romans 8:22-24
We learn from Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:2, "For this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven."

Ephesians 1:13-14
Paul lays out in these two verses the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1. The sinner hears the Word,
2. He believes the Word.
3, He receives the Holy Spirit.
4. He is sealed with the Holy Spirit

Our guarantee, "the down payment" is Jesus:
1. You have been redeemed (bought) through your faith.
2. You are being redeemed (purchased) as the Spirit works in your life.
3. You shall be redeemed (made whole) when Christ comes again,


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Ephesians 1:4-6

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV)

Galatians 4:5

to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (ESV)

1 John 3:1-2

3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (ESV)

Galatians 4:1-7

4:1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (ESV)

Romans 8:22

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:2

For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, (ESV)

Ephesians 1:13-14

13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

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