AS A CHILD OF GOD
What is a significant status that can tell the difference between a child of God, and the opposing nature of a person of this world? We know that its not church goers, or religious philosopher’s, or even those that appear to be fanatics of religion, who in my eyes all tend to be hypocrites, who are not even close to be considered a child of God.
We all know what it truly takes to be a child of God, because we are the children of God. We not only made the necessary changes in our lives, which includes obeying to his every commandments, specially to the one where we replenish our spirit through baptism, and we do everything possible to make that living sacrifice that our Heavenly Father which He requires of us to have, and do in accordance to his glorious will (Ro.12:1,2) I beseech you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable [spiritual] service. And be not conformed [fashioned according] to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. We therefore do this not only on the first day of the week, but everyday of our lives, until the day we die or the day we worship him in our heavenly home (1Pe.2:5) You also, as lively [living] stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
As a child of God, I offer my advice to any who thinks of making the decision of returning to God, that we must leave the life we once lived and commit to God more than it is expected of ourselves. Anyone can assume that the sacrifice is but a one time thing, but in reality is a lifetime thing, day after day, night after night, in other words 247365 till infinity.
This childhood can not be bought with anything other than ourselves, and we know this because we have read about this in the Holy Scriptures, about a certain man named Simon the sorcerer (Acts8:13-24) the gall and bitterness of anyone who would assume such ignorance. Lets not be naïve about this, because it may also be in relation with the idea for those who give generously or perhaps help the poor, thinking that this is their ticket to enter heaven, a terrible misconception of God’s will.
Lets consider the one fact concerning everything that surrounds a child of God, in order to make sense of it all, and it is really that simple “Everything that belongs to God belongs to God without a doubt, so this means that as a child of God we belong to him, but only if this is done in accordance with his glorious will, with no doubt in mind, no going back and forth, no veering off the right path, but being of strong sound mind. We do everything possible to correct, reproof, and make all necessary changes using the word of God as our guide, and the word of God is what molds us to his pleasure (2Ti.3:16,17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine [teaching], for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect [complete], thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
This is something that we as a child of God is already aware of because we have read this many times over, apart from the many verses that are written, and I’m sure that a true yokefellow can concur with me on this. Going back to the surety of our knowledge that we do belong to our Heavenly Father should be a safe assumption that we do not mingle with the affairs of this world or this life, because it is not who we are anymore, and we no longer belong to ourselves. We have become soldiers of Christ (2Ti.2:3,4) Thou therefore endure hardness [suffer hardship with me], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that is at war [no soldier on service] entangles himself with the affairs of this life: that he may please him who has chosen [enrolled] him to be a soldier.
We all know exactly what this means, that is, we do not fraternize with the enemy, because the enemy is always there: that can and will pull us away from what we are known as, or should be known as, children of God, again what belongs to God; belongs to God, unless we or anyone wishes not to be a part of God. Lets face it there is absolutely no room for hypocrisy in the glorious kingdom of God. As a child of God the only affiliation that we must have with this world, is to teach this world about Jesus Christ, to pray for all men and women alike, to reprove all evildoers, and to shine as lights in the world using the word of God as our gavel.
As it is written, redeeming the time, and life is but a gas, it is a vapor and vanishes in thin air. Well, the key word to everything that consists in a child of God is obedience. As I have said many times before, we all know that sin still lingers within us, but we as children of God take that extra step to ensure our own fate, simply by living a daily sacrifice in our honor towards God. We at times force ourselves to do the right thing, not to please anybody but God. Let’s consider the ultimate example that we have, and the ultimate sacrifice that was made for our behalf; that was offered once, and once and for all (Heb.10:10) By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Paul told the Philippians, by exhorting them to unity and humility, by example in Christ on this matter as becoming children of God(Ph.2:3-8) that being in a lowliness of mind, and regarding the next person better that yourself is not a bad thing. Also that being faithful, and obedient is all part of the same sacrifice that we need to always have in our frame of mind.
One thing that comes out of the mouth of every human, when they are told this very issue, is that how can we be as he was (Jesus Christ), knowing that he came from God pure and holy, blameless, spotless, and no guile in his mouth; and we being just the opposite of who Christ was or is? Assuming that they are right to a specific point, and that there is no comparison as far as our sin’s are concerned, yet he was still in human form as we are; and did suffer more than we have even come close to the suffering that he over came. All is inexcusable, because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, that we all can be as one as they are, in his intercessory prayer to our heavenly Father in (Jo.17:16-26). I tell you what every time I read John 17, which is our Lords intercessory prayer for us; it always beings tears to my eyes, and is very comforting, puts hope where it belongs, in our heart, and spirit. Its quite visible that the example that our Lord sets for us, is that we to should always pray for each other, and to become as one with them as well.
No greater sacrifice has ever been done for anyone than the one that has been done for the whole world. We all know this, and the whole world is aware of this as well, and the true sacrifice that was done, was by God to give his only begotten Son to die for the world.
As well as the sacrifice that Jesus made for all, so that we all may be saved through him. Other examples of sacrifices that were made, were made by the Apostles and the first century Christians, who with the assistance of God’s Holy Spirit established the Church and wrote the Holy Scriptures, that we now have this day in time. If we are to look at anything up close, and for certain as these are all examples for us to see is what it takes to be a child of God, and to be as a child of God. Many times I have spoken in my lessons about the Scriptures, how they are there for us to read and learn everything that pertains to our Heavenly Father, and how it is used to mold us to the way our Father in Heaven is pleased. I truly believe and have all the faith that exists within myself, if we are being molded by the word of God is because it’s the Holy Spirit of God that is working in us, for us, and towards us to be that better child for our Heavenly Father. I am sure that every day we can see changes in our lives that weren’t there before, and we know why, and have read it many times before (Mat.19:26) With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Another reason as to why we should believe that we are his, he disciplines us to his favor (He.12:5-8) verses 5-7 speaks directly as to what I am speaking about, if we are a child of God, we are dealt as a child of God. In verse 8 it also unfolds the reality of the ones that do not belong to God.
I myself concur with everything that has been said thus far. Reason being is that we are here, listening to the word of God, admonishing and edifying each other with spiritual, hymns, and songs worshiping our Heavenly Father, doing everything that is commanded of us.
Even if we sacrifice what ever, and everything that gets in the way or what ever tries to hold us back. Listen here and observe in the words of encouragement that are unfolded from, and within the Word of God; just as the words that written and spoken are guided by the Holy Spirit of God.
As a child of God we need to always rely on his help for everything, that is from the biggest to the smallest thing, even of what troubles us, or what He can do for us! As we know that there isn’t nothing that is out there that God can do, and also gives some us the power of prayer to be a righteous man, and through this prayer they can avail plenty, seeing that: that person is, as a child of God!
As a child of God we win the victory over death.
As a child of God we prevail in our faithful life to please God.
As child of God we have become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
As a child of God we are living life after death.
I say we are living life after death because we died in our baptism; being buried with Christ, and we were resurrected a new being as a child of God. So, then if we be as a child of God we are obligated to obey all of God commandments: as we are also called the elect through the sanctifying Spirit and the precious blood of Christ which purifies us to be holy in the presences of God.
After all it’s the glorious wisdom of God that fulfills the inner man as we put into practice (James3:17,18)But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
So, to end this lesson it is good to around those who truly show the love that God has bestowed in each and everyone of us as becoming a child of God!