Father-like Sons & Daughters? John 5:19-27

 Text:  "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily (truly), verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
John 5:19. 
          Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he/she do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:12-13.

Good morning, Father-like Christian sons and daughters!  Being born again of the Spirit of God; through faith in the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross at Calvary - you and I have, by God great grace, become sons and daughters of the Living Lord God.  Hallelujah!  Now this is indeed an exciting thought!

Wherefore come out from among them (the world), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

Did you notice exactly Who is speaking in this verse from 2 Corinthians quoted?  It is not some mere man like Paul, the inspired human instrument used of God to pen these words.  No.  It is the Voice of ‘…the Lord Almighty!  Hallelujah!  Gods Word on the matter is good enough for me!

Blessed (blessed with blessings) be the Lord, that hath given rest unto His people Israel, according to all that He promised; there hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant.  (1 Kings 8:56)

Todays study in Johns Gospel teaches us a wonderful practical truth: the Lord Jesus sought at all times to imitate the works of His Heavenly Father.

“…Verily, verily I say unto you (the Jews), The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.  (John 5:19)

Christ Jesus came to do the will of God the Father in Heaven - and He did that Divine will, and was victorious in all He said and done.  Praise God.

We latter-day children of God are called to be Christian; Christ like in all our words, thoughts, and deeds, to the very best of our abilities, and aided by the power of God the Holy Spirit.  (Isaiah 41:10)

We are to be like Christ, as Christ was like His Father in Heaven!

 A Heavenly Father desires to sire and enjoy fellowship with Heavenly-minded sons and daughters.  If we are born again of the Lord God, then we must learn to bear the family resemblance. 

But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation (entire lifestyle); because it is written, Be ye Holy; for I am Holy.  (1 Peter 1:15-16)

We who call ourselves Christian must therefore seek to be Christ like to the very best of our abilities.  Our Heavenly Father is pleased when we act, speak and resemble His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is displeased when we do not!

And lo a Voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.  (Matthew 3:17)

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth (cleanses us and continues to cleanse) us from all sin.  (1 John 1:6-7)

You and I were once  ‘…dead in trespasses and sins…’; on our way to a Christ-rejecters Hell; this was our well deserved doom.  (Ephesians 2:1) 

However, ‘…God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were DEAD in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  (Ephesians 2:4-6)

For you and me, ‘…the hour…’ has come, ‘…when the DEAD shall hear the Voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.  (V.25)  Hallelujah!

Thought:  IF we have become Christian sons and daughters of the Lord God - let us try to think, speak, and act like Gods Son, the risen Christ Jesus.

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