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. The Father Heart of God (Part 7)

THE FATHER HEART OF GOD (PART 7)

 

 

Introduction

 

Today we get to my last sermon on the Father Heart of God based on John 3:16. You cannot look at the divine gift, the divine plan, the divine choice, the divine deliverance and the divine promise without having a deep sense of the Love of God. We sang that beautiful song this morning that says “we have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows role, fastened to the rock which cannot move, fastened firm and deep in the Saviour’s love”. I trust that this sermon series will truly be an anchor in your life and that you will hold onto God’s divine plan from heaven which is a revelation of the Father Heart of God for you. Remember, that God love you while you were an enemy of His, how much more that you are now a child of God, will He not love you still? I get sick and tired of a Christianity that creates an impression that Christians daily live under the wrath of God. God’s wrath was poured out upon Christ on the cross, and that is the only reason you and I could become children of God, but God is not our enemy, He is our Father. Sure, He disciplines those whom He loves, but His love remains the umbrella under which He acts in our lives, because God is love.

 

Last Sunday we started looking at God’s Divine promise to us. His promise is that we “should not perish but have eternal life. We asked the question “what is eternal life?” What does it look like? The real question is, what God says about eternal life. And we have seen the following so far.

 

5.1 Eternal life is new life.

5.2 Eternal life is a work of God

5.3 Eternal life is a great change.

5.4 Eternal life abides within us.

5.5 Eternal life is fellowship with God.

 

We then get to our sixth one today.

 

5.6 Eternal life is found in the Son of God.

 

We see that in John 3:16 don’t we? God gave His Son so that we can have this life. Apart from the Son of God there is no restoration to life. You have to believe in Christ to have this life. You have to come to Christ to have this life which is eternal life and it is found only in God’s Son. John 5:39-40 (ESV) 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”

 

Jesus said that you can read your Bible all you want to and you can try and obey it all you want to and if you don’t come to me as a result of all your study you won’t have life. The Bible does not give you life apart from the Son. The Bible only brings you to life when it brings you to the Son of God. The Bible testifies about Him. Listen what Jesus has to say about it in John 10:28 (ESV) 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Do we ever stand still and listen to the astounding statements that Jesus was making when He was on this earth. Remember for them He was just a man, and here is this Jewish man standing and saying, ‘I give them eternal life’. What a claim. 1 John 5:11-13 (ESV) 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

 

How do you know if you have eternal life? If you have the Son you have life. This life is found in Him alone, that’s why we sing ‘In Christ alone, my hope is found’.

 

Now remember this. Coming to the Son is not just found in belief. You don’t agree to a doctrinal statement and now you have life. You don’t stand in front of a congregation and answer a few simple questions regarding your belief and now you have life. To come to the Son of God is to come to Him personally. It is for the Son of God to take up residence in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. If the Spirit of God is not in you, you do not have life. If He has not taken up residence in you, if He does not abide in you, you do not have life. God made us alive in union with His Son.

 

His Son had to win our deliverance through His death, burial and resurrection. And now He is all our righteousness and we stand complete in Him alone. We had to be made alive with Christ. Colossians 2:13 (ESV) “13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,…” God does not make any man alive apart from Jesus. He makes someone alive, together with His Son, joins them with His Son. 1 Corinthians 6:17 (ESV) “17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him….”

 

Do we realise the implications of this statement? There is a vital union between us and Christ that the world cannot understand. One of the most dynamic verses that explains this great spiritual truth is John 17:21-23 (ESV) “21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, ….” Think of the implications of this as far as our sermon series is concerned. How does the Father love the children of God?  In exactly the same way He loves His Son.

 

So what does it mean to be a child of God? You are one with the Father and the Son. We are in Him and He is in us. It is a positional truth, but it is also a truth concerning a vital union, a living union. Romans 8:8-11 (ESV)8 Those who are in the flesh (that is someone, just as they were from birth, born into sin) cannot please God. 9 You, however, (Paul wants you to know what has happened to you) are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, (there is still indwelling sin in this unredeemed body. This is a body of death. One day we will be rid of it) the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Though you are in an unredeemed body, you will be sanctified now.)

 

If Christ dwells in you, if the Spirit of God tabernacles in you, if God lives in you all of this is true of you. That is why Paul can say in Galatians 2:20 (ESV) 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Where is Jesus Christ in your life if you are a believer? He is in you. This is why belief in the Lord Jesus is described in such radical and personal terms by Jesus Himself.

 

What does it mean to believe in Him? It means you receive Him in the most personal way possible.   It means you love Him and enjoy Him as your supreme desire. John 6:51&53 (ESV) 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

It is not just an agreement to some doctrinal statement. It is a personal commitment of one’s life to Christ Jesus. It is having the Son of God take up residence in you. That’s what it means to have eternal life. Nothing less. John 6:54-56 (ESV) 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” You did not just eat once and drink once. You have to go on living out of this relationship with the Son of God. He is your life. For you to live is Jesus and only then can you say, that to die is gain.

You cannot say that death is gain until you can say that living is Jesus. Is this you? Is this what you believe? Is this what you call faith? Is it a relationship with the Son of God that is the most important relationship of your whole life?

 

5.7 Eternal life is the realization of man’s true purpose.

 

Why did God make us? What does the shorter catechism say? What is the chief duty of man? It is to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever’”.

 

To have eternal life is to be taken out of a realm of death and to be brought into the realm of life and to be made alive means that now I have it in my soul, this desire to live for His name. What is important to me in terms of my existence is that I might know Him and follow Him and please Him and enjoy Him forever. If that’s true in you, I know something about you. You are not thirsty anymore; you are not hungry any more. Before we knew Christ we were an empty people. Empty people are always dissatisfied, always grasping for something more, always chasing after the next fad. They feel like Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastics, ‘meaningless, meaningless’, everything under the sun is meaningless. But I have good news for you today and that is that everything under the Son has meaning. I try learning and that does not satisfy me, I try money and that does not satisfy me, I try drink and that does not satisfy me, I try women and that does not satisfy me, I have position and power, influence and reputation and I am still empty. That’s man’s story, but that’s not what he was made for. Man was made for God, to know God and love God and to glorify God and to enjoy God and till you have experienced that, until He is at the centre of your life you are one empty person.

 

John 4:14 (ESV) 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Isn’t that a wonderful verse? That’s why the song ‘Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord’ is not a song for believers. You might say today that at times you do feel unfulfilled, but let’s face it people, that is our struggle with sin when we are not living what we were made for.

 

But praise God, we saw in the last sermon that He will not leave us there. We will not perish because He will bring us back to what He has made us for.

 

5.8 Eternal life is living forever.

 

We have so far mostly talked about the quality of life that we are enjoying, but do you realise that this quality of life will be our joy forever. I’ve been made alive, but now the life that I have been given in the Son of God will never go away. I will never go back to being spiritually dead, I will never go back to being spiritually blind, I will never go back to being in bondage to sin, Satan and self. I will never go back to being under the wrath and condemnation of God, I will never perish. I will have this life that comes from God’s Son for ever and ever and ever and it will go on as long as there is a God. John 11:26 (ESV) 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

5.9 Eternal life is living forever in another world.

 

The Scriptures do not only speak of eternal life as something we are given but something we will be given. We already have the life of God, we have new life, but it is in an unredeemed world, and in an unredeemed body. Praise the Lord that one day we will have this same life but in a new body where there is no struggle with sin and no competition with the flesh. And guess what, we will have those new bodies in a new world. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. That’s why eternal life is something we will inherit.

 

There is a sense in which we have already experienced the most radical change we will ever experience in our lives. You cannot get any more radical than going from death to life. But there is still a great change that awaits us. We wait for the new heaven and the new earth; we wait to see our Saviour face to face. Do you realise that we love someone we have never seen, but one day we will see Him face to face. Matthew 19:29 (ESV) 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 25:46 (ESV) 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Romans 6:22 (ESV) 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” That’s Glory now and Glory hereafter.

 

So we already have it. But one day it is going to be a new life in a new world in a new physical condition and it is going to go on forever and ever and ever. Do you believe this?

 

Implications:

 

Let me ask you some questions as I did over the past few weeks. When does someone receive this life? The moment you believe on the Son of God. Remember,whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.Who receives this life? Whoever believes on the Son of God?

What happens to those who don’t have this life? If they die without Jesus they perish forever. John 3:18 tells us that they are already judged, why? Because they chose darkness over the light. What a judgment that will be when men had to face the truth. They have light set before them, but they chose darkness. They have Christ presented to them, but they chose their friends. They had Christ presented to them, but they chose money. They had Christ presented to them but they chose the deeds of the flesh, worldly pleasure and the like. Do you realise that if you walk out here this morning without knowing Jesus that you have no excuse. You have heard the gospel, loud and clear. Why will you not come to Jesus? He takes no pleasure in the perishing of wicked people. Why will you perish?

 

My prayer for you today is that you will turn from your sins and be saved IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY. What can ever take away this life? Nothing, nothing now and nothing that will ever be. Then there is another critical question. Have you received this life?

 

If your answer is no I have one more question for you. Will you come to Jesus today?

 

I mean right now. Will you turn from you sins now and trust in the Son of God? Will you eat of His flesh and drink of His blood? Will you receive Him for yourself? Will you throw away every confidence you have ever had in yourself? Will you disavow anything that stands between you and God right now? Do you realise if your answer is not yes the only person to blame is you? God has made a promise that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

 

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church:- 26 October 2014