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The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance in the Saints Week 11. Westminster Larger Catechism Q57-89 [Q79-80: Perseverance and Assurance of Believers]. Our theme for the next several weeks:. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance in the SaintsWeek 11Westminster Larger Catechism Q57-89[Q79-80: Perseverance and Assurance of Believers]For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,(Eph 1:15-19)Our theme for the next several weeks:QuestionTopicWeek57, 58 The benefits of redemption & how applied110/13/201359, 60 Who are the recipients?210/20/2013 Justification and Sanctification: Whats the difference?Dr. David Van Drunen10/27/201361-63 The Visible Church311/3/201364-65 The Invisible Church411/10/201366-68 Union with Christ511/17/201366-68 Effectual Call611/24/201369-71 Communion in Grace with Christ Justification12/1/201372-73 Justifying Faith712/8/201374 Communion in Grace with Christ Adoption812/15/201375-78 Communion in Grace with Christ Sanctification912/22/201379-81Perseverance and Assurance of Believers1012/29/201382-83Communion in Glory with Christ in this life111/5/201384-87Communion in Glory with Christ after death121/12/201488-89The Final Judgment131/19/2013Where are we going?3Q. 74. What is adoption?A. Adoption is an act of the free grace of God, in and for his only Son Jesus Christ, whereby all those that are justified are received into the number of his children, have his name put upon them, the Spirit of his Son given to them, are under his fatherly care and dispensations, admitted to all the liberties and privileges of the sons of God, made heirs of all the promises, and fellow heirs with Christ in glory.4The Richest Picture of God FatherIs God the Father of all men?Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:43-44, ESV)among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:3, ESV)Is God called Father in the OT? Where is God called Father first?Then you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, Let my son go that he may serve me. If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son. (Exodus 4:22-23, ESV)Do you thus repay the Lord,you foolish and senseless people?Is not he your father, who created you,who made you and established you? (Deuteronomy 32:6, ESV)For you are our Father,though Abraham does not know us,and Israel does not acknowledge us;you, O Lord, are our Father,our Redeemer from of old is your name. (Isaiah 63:16, ESV)

The Essence of ChristianityHe came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 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. (John 1:11-13, ESV)Adoption in the Sermon on the Mount: a Family CodeBut I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:44-48, ESV)In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, ESV)Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1, ESV)

Adoption in the Sermon on the Mount: Basis for PrayerPray then like this:Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9, ESV)Adoption in the Sermon on the Mount: Basis of FaithTherefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26, ESV)Benefits of Adoption: Privileges of the Sons of GodHow does Paul portray our new adoptive relationship here?I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:1-7, ESV)

Q. 75. What is sanctification?A. Sanctification is a work of Gods grace, whereby they whom God hath, before the foundation of the world, chosen to be holy, are in time, through the powerful operation of his Spirit applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto them, renewed in their whole man after the image of God; having the seeds of repentance unto life, and all other saving graces, put into their hearts, and those graces so stirred up, increased, and strengthened, as that they more and more die unto sin, and rise unto newness of life.11Are we holy or are we being made holy?YES!We are holy ones (i.e., saints)Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 1:1 ESV)to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:12 ESV)To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:2)We are to become holybut as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16, ESV)Since we have these promises, beloved, jlet us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body1 and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2 Cor 7:1 ESV)For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7, ESV)Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14, ESV)12How do we become more holy?Remember the part of the catechism answer:by the Holy Spirit applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto themthrough implanting and stirring up the saving graces (repentance, confession, etc.)enabling them to more and more die unto sin, and rise unto newness of life (i.e., put off sin and put on Christ)The saving gracesFaithConfessionRepentanceQ. 76. What is repentance unto life?A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit and Word of God, whereby, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, and upon the apprehension of Gods mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, he so grieves for and hates his sins, as that he turns from them all to God, purposing and endeavouring constantly to walk with him in all the ways of new obedience.14So what do I DO?Confession: (to agree with, say the same thing as)If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9, ESV)I acknowledged my sin to you,and I did not cover my iniquity;I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (Psalm 32:5, ESV)For I know my transgressions,and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51:3, ESV)Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13, ESV)So what do I DO?Repentance: (to turn away from sin and turn to God; do an about face)For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, ESV)Paul calls it putting off and putting onThe night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:12-14, ESV)They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the liken

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