Two Viewpoints

dove2I see two viewpoints regarding our relationship with Father God being proclaimed by Christians. One that sees us, even as followers of Christ, as slaves. We are to work to do the will of God and be obedient servants. We are sinners saved by grace who perform to be acceptable and valuable. It may not be stated quite so bluntly, but that is the gist of it.

The other viewpoint is that Father loved us so much, he sent his son, Jesus, to buy us out of slavery. We were purchased with a great price and then adopted as sons.

So which viewpoint is correct? Paul clearly states that Christ was the firstborn of many sons of God. He also says that all of creation groans waiting for the sons of God to be revealed (Romans 8). In Galatians 4:6-7 Paul states, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

So are we slaves/servants or sons/daughters? Seems clear that Jesus made it possible for us to be sons and daughters of the most high God. Jesus made it possible for us to call God, “Abba (Daddy), Father. The slave/servant mentality is the attitude of the older brother in the parable of the Good Father (a.k.a the Prodigal Son).

What I see in myself and in other Christians is a tendency to not understand that Jesus made a way for us to be children of God living from Father’s inheritance. When we act and teach from the viewpoint of the slave, we dishonor Jesus. To be truly victorious, we have to fully grasp that we are children of God, adopted into His family, living from inheritance, and hidden in Christ. Father has freely given us all things in Christ Jesus. Let us not dishonor Him by acting and believing like the older brother.

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Pursuit

explosionWhen God pursues man and man pursues God a phenomenal collision takes place, and in an exhilarating explosion a new creation is birthed in the spirit. When it happens, we enter the Kingdom of God.
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

Getting Started

I’ve decided that I need to start writing again.  At one time in my life, my dream was to be a writer.  That dream was set aside, because I was encouraged to be more practical.  So after many years of not writing anything except work related documents and a few Facebook posts, I am going to try to dust off those writer brain cells to see if they work.  Naturally my grammar and sentence structure have suffered years of neglect, but practice and kind feedback will surely improve them.  So my goal is to post at least one blog per week.  As the name of my blog suggests, my overall subject is the great love of our Daddy God.  My prayer is that some one will be encouraged, feel loved, encounter our savior at a deeper level, and be blessed by my simple thoughts that result when I spend time with Father.