Mmmm Chinese Char Siew (BBQ Pork) Mmmm
In Sydney, we have delicious Roasted Chinese Meats as good as anywhere in Asia!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba Father”. So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Galatians 3:26 – 4:7
We have just celebrated “Father’s Day” in Australia.
Christianity is unique in describing God with the familial term “Father”.
Other religions depict their gods as distant, unknowable and impersonal beings.
In stark contrast, we see in the above Bible passage that Christians are called “sons of God”.
Christians are part of God’s family and enjoy a close relationship with Him.
Christians call Him “Abba” which is an affectionate term like “Daddy”.
Followers of other religions would never dream of calling their gods “Daddy”.
So how do you get to call God “Daddy”?
How do you get to be in God’s family?
2,000 years ago a person’s place in religion was determined by race, class and gender.
The New Testament passage above was revolutionary and counter-cultural at that time.
Amazingly, Christianity was not limited to a particular racial, cultural or social grouping.
This remains the same today: anyone of any race, class or gender can become Christian.
Christianity is not a “White-man’s religion” or an “Upper-class religion”.
Christians are male & female coming from all races on Earth and classes in society.
We are all one and the same in Christ Jesus.
Anyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour can be part of God’s family.
God sent Jesus into our world to free people from the slavery of sin.
Jesus died on a cross and rose again conquering death which was the penalty for sin.
So those who trust Jesus with their lives are no longer slaves, they are sons of God.
Since we are now sons, we are now heirs of God’s Kingdom and eternal life.
We have bright hope for the future and look forward to our inheritance.
Christians speak to God as Dad when they pray.
Christians listen to God as Dad when they read the Bible.
Christians have a real relationship with God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Do you dare to draw close to God and call him “Daddy”?
Are you part of God’s family?
When was the last time you had a close & loving conversation with God?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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