From my notes:

Gary taught some things this morning that were really impressive but one, of several, that stood out above the rest (FOR ME) was in his teaching about one of God’s Truth & Principles; that He is Savior and came to seek and save those who were lost and bring them into the family of God as adopted sons. And then he said, “Jesus went through a whole, complex legal process to get us adopted into the family of God. “ Now I don’t know everything that that would entail but I heard the Truth in that statement. It made me think about it.
In speculating about this and this is speculation,

For it is true that our God is a covenant-keeping God and there might have been stipulations on both sides of the contract between Jesus and God, His Father. That God had contracted with Jesus, before the worlds were formed, and Jesus would have agreed , concurred and be of the same mind that since God knew all things and knew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb that we would eventually and absolutely need a Savior, a Redeemer. And Jesus agreed to the terms and conditions of the compact among the Father, Son and Spirit to suffer a horrid and tragic death for the prize set before Him; that is, the resurrection from the dead, the throne of glory at His Father’s right hand and the bringing of many sons to glory.
Gary said something like, ‘we think it has become a complicated process for natural persons to adopt children in this world,’ but I stopped to consider what rules and regulations and promises and stipulations Jesus Christ went through when He had to be rejected, humiliated, despised, suffer torturous affliction and die for the sins of the world so that we may be called sons of God.
I thank God that Jesus paid the price for me. The least I can do is to (as Gary taught) respond to the revelation of what God has done for us and given us in His Word: to trust and obey, to have faith and worship Him, to pray and praise Him and to submit to Him and serve Him with all my heart.

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5 thoughts on “From my notes:

  1. Yes, Sara, and verse 20 says: “Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

  2. And John 15 says we can’t even bear the fruit of the Lord Jesus unless we are in Him, obeying Him, submitted to Him.

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

    “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” John 15:16

  3. The point is we can watch the lives of soothsayer Christians (including our own) and see if we are who we say we are by our fruit.

    I think Gary made his lecture pretty clear by saying we should have godliness flowing out of us. Not trying to wear a jacket of vain imagination made from our head to prove our godliness.

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