by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
The deeper we go in this series, the better it gets. That is definitely true as we take up our next attribute of God: He is a God Who adopts. If justification means not only “just as if I had never sinned” but “just as if I had always obeyed,” adoption is even greater. Adopted means, “as loved as Jesus.” He has great things to show you today.
Take a few minutes and get into an undistracted place. Ask the Lord to speak to you through His Word.
The apostle John spent three years with Jesus. He wrote more closely about the love of God and of His son than anyone.
Read 1 John 3:1-3, three times.
V.1 With what kind of love does God love us, according to John?
What is a father’s love like… especially a good one? List 10 words that describe a good father. He is…
As you look over this list, do these words ring true as a description of God?
Earlier, John told us that while Jesus was in the world, “the world did not recognize Him” (John 1:12). Here in 1 John, we learn that the world does not know that we are adopted children of God. What do you make of that?
V. 2 What is our future?
What will be the “transformative event” that will bring about this change?
What does that tell us about Jesus that “seeing” Him will, by itself, make us completely new?
V.3 How does dwelling on this future change the way you live your life today?
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the adopting love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!