BCL Grow: Children of God — 1 John 3:1

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1 John 3:1 (Adoption)

Bible Passage

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. — 1 John 3:1


Q. “Why is he called God’s “only begotten Son” when we also are God’s children?

A. Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God—adopted by grace for the sake of Christ.” Heidelberg Catechism, Question 33.

“By nature, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. By nature, we are creatures—sinful ones! The only way we can be children of God is if God makes us his children—and that is just what he has done. He adopts his people to be his children even though they don’t deserve it. God adopts us by grace. He gives us what we don’t deserve and could never earn.” — Starr Meade, Comforting Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Heidelberg Catechism, p. 75.

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: What does it mean to be given the gift of adoption and be God’s child? 

2. Remember: Because you are an adopted child of God, you can cry out to him as your heavenly Father. Through faith in your only mediator, Christ Jesus, he hears your prayers and grants his eternal blessings to you. 

3. Rejoice: In Christ Jesus you are an heir of God’s promises. Rejoice that you have been redeemed from slavery to the law and are forever your heavenly Father’s child—and this is all of grace.

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