The Father I Never Knew
Scripture: I John 3:2, Romans 8:15
Theme: We are adopted into sonship by God through the redemptive sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. We have an eternal Father who loves us infinitely and eternally.
- Depending on translation, the term "Father" is used approximately 1050 times in Scripture.
- The term 'Abba" has 3 connotations: "the Father", "my Father", "our Father"
- Huiothesia (adoption) means literally "to place as a son" and bestows on that person all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a fully endowed member of the new family
- My birth father is unknown to me except for scattered facts and scraps of information that were permitted in the adoption process in the 50's.
- I inherited from him my basic makeup and genetic patterns that can be seen and experienced. His love in surrendering me is a puzzle that I will only understand when eternity comes into play.
- My adoptive father took this raw material and shaped and formed it into the person I am today. With his unfailing love and guidance I came to know that there was yet another father who loved me even more than my birth father and my "Daddy" did and who was willing to adopt me into His family.
- My promised inheritance is to to be like Him and becoming conformed to the glorious body of Christ in my eternal home with my ultimate Father.
Pentacost and the Believer
There was the most miraculous event 50 days after Christ returned to the Father. The third person of the trinity was poured out on his followers, filling them with what He had promised them.
The set up was very particular - they were gathered together; they were praising God continually and everybody in Jerusalem was aware of them and their belief and behavior; they were showing devotion to the proper things. All this had to be in place prior to the Spirit coming
A personal Pentacost is the birthright of every believer if they seek and surrender. The results are Power, Purity of Heart, and Effective Prayer.