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June 22, 2016



1 John 3:1 


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.




The Holy Spirit’s production of righteous behavior in abiding Christians is evidence of God’s “great love” for us. John used love language more frequently in 1 John and in his Gospel than any other New Testament writer. Paul used it the third most frequently, in Ephesians. Scripture calls us God’s “children” because that is what He has made us. The name simply expresses the reality. Unbelievers cannot fully comprehend the children of God. The reason for this lack of perception is their failure to comprehend God fully. Since they do not “know” the Parent, they do not “know” the children, either.

All creation will be set free into the glorious liberty of the children of God. It is yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. God has revealed these things to us, not so that we will fall in love with stars, but so that we will see something of the magnitude of his love. See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God. And if children, then heirs, heirs of all things. Not for the sake of all things, but for the sake of comprehending the love of God.
Memory Verse: Colossians 3:21

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