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I Am Adopted

My Position In Christ  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  1:04:04
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Positional Truths that come with accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

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2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Cori
I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe.
I believe the WORD of God!
The victory is mine! I have it now! I can see it through the eyes of my faith!
Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Ephesians 1:3–14 NKJV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 1:3-14
God's blessings are heavenly blessings!
God's blessings are spiritual and heavenly, not talking about material blessings. Throughout history God has used two methods of blessings to deal with man. Before Christ, God dealt with man by blessing him with material blessings. He promised Abraham and Israel land and wealth and fame. But Israel misused and hoarded the material blessings. Instead of sharing its blessings with other nations, Israel isolated itself and claimed superiority and God-given rights over other nations of the earth. However, since Christ, God deals with man spiritually, blessing him with spiritual blessings.
Five things about Spiritual Blessings
1. Spiritual blessings are of the Spirit. It is the Spirit that controls you and the circumstances that surround you. You may feel bad; he may be down, depressed and oppressed; but if your spirit is strong, you learn to rise and conquers your feelings. You control and overcome the harassing circumstances, and you live a victorious day. But if your spirit is weak, whether at work or at play, you often stumble around in self-pity, grumbling and griping and living a defeated day. And too often the days stretch into weeks and months until your life is down more than it is up—all because the spirit is too weak to conquer. The Positional Truth as a Christ follower is the spiritual blessings of God enable a person to control his life.
2. Spiritual blessings are the very opposite of material blessings. Positional Truth – You are blessed in the inner man, the blessings of the immortal. But of all blessings, Spiritual Blessings are the most glorious and satisfying. They are the blessings that erase the loneliness, alienation, and purposelessness of man. Positional Truth – Spiritual blessings give you an over-abundance of life.
3. Spiritual blessings are vastly superior to material blessings. They are permanent and perfect and eternal, lasting forever. They are of the very same nature as God Himself. Spiritual blessings exist and can be experienced both upon earth and in heaven.
4. Spiritual blessings are found only in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God the Father. He is in heaven, surrounded by all the heavenly atmosphere and blessings. All heavenly blessings are His; He is Lord and Possessor of all blessings. Positional Truth you experience the spiritual blessings, because you are in Christ.
When you believe in Christ, truly believes, God takes your faith and counts it as righteousness. God counts you to be righteous and acceptable. In God's mind faith in Christ makes a you: holy and righteous and acceptable for heaven.
Positional Truth to be in Christ means to believe in God's Son so much that God becomes elated—elated so much that He counts you to be just: acceptable and worthy to be blessed with all the blessings of heaven.
5. God dealt with mankind in material blessings first because mankind had to learn several things.
a. A worldly inheritance does not last. It is subject to being lost or stolen. We either watch our material possessions deteriorate or else we leave our material possessions behind for others.
b. A worldly nation all about material inheritance cannot bring peace and security. Peace and security are of the spirit. Material things are of the earth, of a corruptible nature. That is why material things do not solve the spiritual struggle that man has within.
c. Mankind has within its inner being a basic selfishness and greed. Mankind finds a tendency, an unregulated urge that desires and seeks the material and desires the corruptible to the neglect of the spiritual.
d. Mankind must undergo a basic change of character to be freed of this urge, this tendency that causes so much bondage, disruption, and division within one's self and between men. You must be born again, made into a new creation, created into a new man—spiritually, permanently, perfectly, eternally. And such a spiritual creation must be performed by “Someone” much greater than himself. Man must be recreated by the hand of God Himself.
Ephesians 1:4 NKJV
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
God determined before the world was ever created that He would have a people...
1. Who would be "in Him," that is, in His Son, Jesus Christ.
2. Who would be "holy and without blame."
3. Who would live "before Him in love"—forever and ever.
Truth - God wants us to be with Him. God does not want us separated from Him, gripped by sin and shame, sorrow and pain, death and hell. God wants us to live forever and ever with Him.
He has "chosen us to live with Him.
No amount of rebellion and rejection, cursing and denial of Him will stop His purpose and plan. God will have a people who will live with Him, and He will continue to choose us until He has the number He has purposed.
Ephesians 1:4 NKJV
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Positional Truth - God has chosen you and I to be perfect. But note: Our perfection is in Christ and in Christ alone.
No one can live a perfect and sinless life. No man, woman, boy or girl is righteous by his or her self.
Jesus Christ is the only Person who has ever lived a sinless and perfect life; therefore, He is the only Person who has the right to live with God. Our only hope of ever living with God is to believe in Jesus Christ—believe so much that God will take our faith and count it as the righteousness of Christ. This is the gospel: God loves us so much that He has accepted us in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. He has taken our faith in Christ and counted it as the righteousness of Christ. Therefore, we are acceptable to God because we trust in Christ and in His righteousness
Ephesians 1:5 NKJV
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Ephesians 1:5 The Message
5 Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)
Ephesians 1:6 NKJV
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:6 The Message
6 He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
· It was predestinated, that is, foreordained.
· It was the pleasure of God to adopt us—the good pleasure of His will. And it was His purpose to adopt us, and His purpose and His pleasure and His will were all good.
This is amazing when we consider how sinful we are and how much we have cursed, rebelled, and rejected God. The fact that God wills and finds pleasure in adopting us and that He counts it as good.
1. The word "foreordained" does not mean that God chooses some persons for salvation and everyone else for eternal punishment.
Scripture teaches the exact opposite.
John 3:16 NKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
1 Timothy 2:3–4 NKJV
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:5–6 NKJV
5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
2 Peter 3:9 NKJV
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
1 John 2:2 The Message
2 When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.
The word "predestination" means to destine or appoint before, to foreordain, to predetermine. The basic Greek word (proorizo) means to mark off or to set off the boundaries of something.
Positional Truth as a believer. The boundary is marked and set for you: the boundary of being adopted as a child of God. As a believer you will be adopted, made just like Christ and conformed to His very likeness and image. Nothing can stop God's purpose for the believer. It is predestinated, set and marked off.
As a believer you may struggle and suffer through the sin and shame of this world; you may even stumble and fall or become discouraged and down-hearted. But if you are a genuine child of God, you will not be defeated, not totally. You will soon arise from your fall and begin to follow Christ again. You are predestinated to be a brother or sister of Jesus Christ, to worship and serve Jesus throughout all eternity. And Jesus will not be disappointed. God loves His Son too much to allow Him to be disappointed by losing a single brother or sister.
Jesus Christ will have His joy fulfilled; He will see every brother and sister of His adopted and conformed perfectly to His image.
He will have the worship and service of every person chosen to be His by God. As a believer our eternal destiny, that of being an adopted brother or sister to the Lord Jesus, is determined.
Positional Truth – As a believer God has predestinated you to be delivered from the suffering and struggling of this sinful world.
Ephesians 1:4–5 The Message
4 Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. 5 Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)
Ephesians 3:11–12 The Message
11 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. 12 When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go.
The word "adoption" means to place as a son or daughter
Spiritual adoption is by Jesus Christ and by Him alone. God accepts us because we believe and trust His Son Jesus Christ. He tells us plainly that He wants His Son to have many brothers and sisters who will love, worship, and serve Him both now and forever. Therefore, when a person wants to live for Jesus Christ—wants to live for Him so much that he entrusts all he is and has to Christ—God takes that person's trust and adopts him, makes him a brother or sister to Jesus Christ
Romans 8:28 NKJV
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Positional Truth - God's purpose in adoption is that we might live forever—live to the praise of the glory of His grace.
Ephesians 2:7 NKJV
7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
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