The second gospel identity I shared in my message last Sunday was that of a child of God.
John 1:12-13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Ephesians 1:5 In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
When Jesus saves us we are adopted as full sons. In the ancient world daughters had no legal rights of inheritance, but in God’s kingdom all who who come to Jesus become full members of His family (Col 3:11). We have full acceptance with the One that really matters. That’s means we don’t have to jockey for position in the hierarchies of humanity. We don’t have to look to non-gods for what only God can give—real identity and purpose! The fact that we are children of God should fend off the constant assault of idolatry that emerges from within. And that fact that we are children of God should spawn gratitude motivated and grace empowered obedience. Because we are children of God we are freed to obey out of our acceptance and not for it! We are also reminded by being children of God of our family responsibilities. As brothers and sisters we are to care for each other, work through issues, love each other, and be faithful to each other. The Christian family is not going to be the Cleavers but we are to be cleavers because we have a Daddy who delights in us all through the work of the Son of His love!