I’m Not an Orphan, I’m a Child of God

Nov 24 2019
Pastor Richard Welsh
I’m not an orphan, I’m a child of God

John 14:16,18
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth… I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
約翰福音 14:16,18
(16) 我要請求父,他就會賜給你們另一位保惠師,使他跟你們永遠在一起......
(18) 我不會撇下你們為孤兒,我要回到你們這裡來。

Romans 8:15
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’
羅馬書 8:15 CCB

1. Orphans compete, while sons know they are accepted.
1. 孤兒競爭,但兒女知道他們被接受

1 Corinthians 12:8,18-20 ERV
[8] The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. And the same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. [18-19] If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But as it is, God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. He made a place for each one. [20] So there are many parts, but only one body.
哥林多前書 12:18-20 CCB
(8)這人從聖靈領受智言,那人從聖靈領受知識;(18) 但事實上,上帝按自己的旨意將各個肢體安置在身體上了。 (19) 如果全身只有一個肢體,還會是身體嗎? (20) 如今肢體雖多,但身體只有一個。

2. Orphans will isolate, while sons love to be together
2. 孤兒會孤立,但兒女喜愛在一起

Ephesians 1:5 ERV
And before the world was made, God decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased him to do it.
以弗所書 1:5 CCB

3. Orphans focus on performance, while sons walk in grace
3. 孤兒專注在表現,但兒女行在恩典中

Our Father’s invitation is to experience the fullness of His undeserved grace and favour.

Ephesians 1:6 ERV
[6] And this brings praise to God because of his wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely. He gave us that grace in Christ, the one he loves.
以弗所書 1:6 CCB

The Father’s Invitation

John 1:12
‘Yet to all who did receive [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’
約翰福音 1:12 CCB