The Father's Love
Passage: 1 John 2:28–3:10
The Father's Love
I. Adoption starts in the heart of the father.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (3:1).”
“…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 to himself as sons through Jesus Christ…(Eph. 1:4-5a).”
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).”
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II. Adoption changes the life of a child.
“No one who abides in him keeps on sinning (6).”
1. The adoptive love of the Father is power to convince us we are wanted!
“…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world...In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ… (Eph. 1:4a.5a).”
2. The adoptive love of the Father provides the attachment needed to grow up.
“Economics and culture today no longer provide the context for the natural attachment of children to their nurturing adults.” Gordon Neufeld, and Gabor Maté, "Hold On to Your Kids"
"Only recently have the psychological attachment patterns of children been well charted and understood. Absolutely clear is that children were meant to revolve around their parents and the other adults responsible for them, just as the planets revolve around the sun. And yet more and more children are now orbiting around each other.” Gordon Neufeld, and Gabor Maté, "Hold On to Your Kids"
3. The adoptive love of the Father provides a safe place to practice faithfulness.
“…you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him (2:29).”
"4) Teach your children to care for others and set high ethical expectations. 5) Encourage kids to practice appreciation and gratitude."
4. The adoptive love of the Father provides a context of much needed discipline.
III. Adopted Children Are Born of the Father.
"Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother (8-10)."
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (Jn. 8:44).”
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 7:24-25)!”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (Jn. 3:3).”
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him (I Jn. 5:1).”