The Gospel of Jesus - Lesson 03
by Dr. Ray Self
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Benefits of Salvation
Adoption as a Son or daughter of God
Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!
Because we are adopted as children of God we have the privilege of now calling God "Father."
Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Adoption comes through our faith in Jesus Christ as part of our salvation.
The sons of God are revealed through their faith in Jesus Christ and are known by their works.
John 15:8 "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples."
An enormous benefit of being adopted is that you become a descendent of Abraham and have inherited the promises that God gave Abraham.
Galatians 3:29 and if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.
Galatians 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
Adoption makes you a seed of Abraham in Christ.
As a child of God, the promises made to Abraham include you. This is a part of your salvation.
These promises are activated through faith in Jesus Christ.
Faith must have an object. In other words faith requires something to believe in. Knowledge of God is critical.
Knowing or understanding what is rightfully yours gives objective for your faith.
Two promises related to knowledge —
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
2 Peter 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
Some of blessings of Abraham —
Genesis 18:18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
Genesis 12:2-3 - "And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
Genesis 24:1 - Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.
It is a child of the King of Kings we have been given great benefits. But these benefits come through knowledge which builds faith.
Everything with God comes by His grace through our faith. That is His unchanging principle.
Knowledge gives you something to believe in. Knowledge of God gives you the truth to believe in.
In today's world it is very important that we step up and take our position as children of God. Romans 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
God has blessed us in order to give us power, authority and the ability to be a blessing to others. This is a great responsibility.
It is up to us to make the choice to exercise our Godly authority and to stand in faith what God has given us and be a testimony to the lost world.
Satan loves to conceal and God loves to reveal.
Satan wants to conceal your true identity and position.
God wants to reveal your true identity and position.
Satan desires to replace your true identity with an ever-changing worldly value.
God has given you true value, and your true identity as a child of the King of Kings,
The moment you were born again you were re-created as a child of the King.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
You have a new life, a new identity, new authority, new blessings and new responsibility.
If you do not know what it means to be a child of the King the only identity you have to fall back on is your old identity.
Salvation causes us to be born again as an entirely new creation. It is the person you are intended to be from the beginning of time.