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Intro:

what are the blessings of being a pastor is I hope the opportunity to marry people. And part of the process is to uncover family dynamics. Two different family styles. Some families to focus more on birthdays, while others maybe focus more on holidays. Some families or or more time conscience or others are more relational he focused. Neither of these are right or wrong, they are just realities of two different families that are joining together to form a marital union. You are a product of your upbringing.
Transition: For those of us that are in Christ, who have been brought into a family. And the family will have an affect on us. So what are some of the dynamics that take place for those that are in the family of God.

Abide

This means to remain and it is used earlier in chapter 2. This idea of abiding is found in John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Call to abide is a call to remain faithful. To pursue faith hope and love.

Abiding is not a one time act

It is continual faithfulness. Just as marriage is an ongoing relationship. When a child is able to get dressed and make breakfast they don’t just say…okay I got this. See you later. They remain. They stay. Likewise, our faith which is the instrument for remaining is not a one time response but a continual dependency on Christ for everything! Abiding acknowledges apart from Christ we can do nothing. Do you believe that?

What might abiding look like?

Union with Christ. Faith. are ways you develop your faith.

Abiding brings Confidence:

When you are pursuing faith, hope, and love you don’t fear the return of Christ. You become more sure of God‘s love for you.
This is what John is getting at. Gospel Resiliency. You have nothing to fear, in fact you long for Jesus’ return. You don’t dread it. Parent coming home is that dread or delight?

Abiding bears righteousness

As you remain connected to the vine, you are nourished and strengthened and produce fruit. You are declared righteous in the gospel but God is as work in you to make you righteous too. This is evidence, and fruit of a lively faith. It demonstrates that you have born or him.

What does righteousness look like

Jesus is our model. Luke 7:36-50
Luke 7:36–50 ESV
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Fruits of righteousness - are you loving to unlovable. Those on the outside he pursued and forgave. Those on the inside called out. We can’t let our culture - whether conservative or progressive dictate what is righteous. It is Jesus who lived to the glory of the Father that shows us true righteousness. He is the model. Are we pursuing his righteousness or the cultures? How will you know if you don’t know him?

Adoption is firmly rooted in God’s deep love for you

Adoption is God’s pattern. It again first with Adam. He was called to obey God, and if he did he would be declared an obedient son and would have been glorified. Israel too was adopted (Exodus 4:22-23), but they were disobedient and failed. They could not live up to the requirements of sonship. It’s only in Christ, where he obeyed as the obedient son in our human flesh. That is essential. As a man, not some other being and not Merely as God. Romans 1:4 “and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,” He accomplished this adoption through his resurrection.

Being his child means family dynamics

Justification and sanctification

Being his child means the world won’t recognize us

Illustration: The early church understood that they couldn’t love both the Father and the world. So how did a small insignificant Jewish sect gain so much influence that in just a few hundred years, they became the official religion of the Roman empire. It wasn’t because the Christian faith was relevant. It wasnt’ becauase they were entertaining. it wasn’t because they were the most strategic. It was because they didn’t give into the way of the world.
They didn’t participate in the worship of Romes gods. Now we don’t have the same type of gods as the Rome, but what if we didn’t participate in our nations idolatry of celebrity, materialism, political power, etc.
They were willing to sacrifice their reputation for declaring Jesus as Lord. They were faithful to the Lord and it came at a cost.
They were hospitable. All types were welcome in the church.
They knew the faith. They read and wrote books to defend the Christian faith. To counter the love of the world.
The only box you put the early church in is the Christian box. They were distinct, yet not separatist. They weren’t vying for power or influence. They were just faithful

A call to purify

2 Cor 7:1 “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”
Your hope is a future not yet realized. And the hope is the reality of our adoption. This being a child means that we are to be like a family member. To be pure, to be holy as he is holy. This is the call to be holy. You are called holy, now live out that truth in your lives by the power of the Spirit. we do this by saying no to sin and yes to God. John Owens says be killing sin or sin will be killing you. So we put to death sin in our lives by starving it and we invest in good. Now remember, this is spirit empowered living. We don’t do this in our own strength or might.

If this is God’s Work, why do I have to do anything?

His working in us does not override our liberty. This is not like a computer virus that comes in and takes over completely. Rather he works in us and with us, not against us or without us. So to do this, we again need the abiding of the vine.
The divine dance. He leads and we fallow.

Now what or so what?

do you resemble the father?
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