BCL Grow: A Father's Child — 1 John 3:1

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1 John 3:1 (God)

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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. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” - 1 John 3:1

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“The Father, then, is not about sprinkling blessings from afar, and his salvation is not about being kept at a distance, merely pitied and forgiven by our Creator. Instead, he pours all his blessing out on his Son, and then sends him that we might share his glorious fullness. The Father so loves that he desires to catch us up into that loving fellowship he enjoys with the Son. And that means I can know God as he truly is: as Father. In fact, I can know the Father as my Father.” — Michael Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity, p. 100.

3 Steps to Take

Ponder: How do you generally think of God? Far off? Observing from the clouds? Distant? Removed? Judging? Rather Christians are to think of God as their Father: close, nurturing, deeply loving, caring, compassionate, healing, understanding.

Remember: Here are some of the blessings that children of the Father have as listed in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost [Spirit], increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end [being brought into the New Heavens and New Earth at the Last Day].” (WSC Questions 36). Can you think of others?

Rejoice: You have a Father who has greatly blessed you in Christ and desires to continue blessing you in his Son. He is close and loving.

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