Wednesday, October 27, 2010

God is not your heavenly father unless you are one of His children

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters….” Isaiah 55:1-2
The artist's pic of Christ's Parable of the Lost
Son and the Loving Father. Luke 15:11-32. The
Bible says that he repented of his sin:  "He
came to himself," acknowledging his sin. He
then acted upon that resolve, confessing:
"Father, I have sinned against heaven, and
 in thy sight, and am no more worthy to
be called thy son."  [KJV] Luke 15:21

A most common misconception of today’s politically correct culture is the idea that God is everyone’s father. To be sure, the Triune God is Creator God. Without Him you would not be able to either hear or read this message. He created you. [Genesis 1:1-31 ; Colossians 1:13-20] But since sin entered the world through our distant ancestor, "Adam," we are consequently, all "sinners." [Romans 5:12] Hence, in our natural, sinful state, we are not "children of God," but rather, "children of Adam."

One of the most misunderstood of Christ’s parables is that of the “Prodigal [Lost] Son.” [Luke 15:11-32] It is a false notion to believe that the God of the Hebrew and Christian [historical] Scriptures is a “'friend' of sinners." Surely, God, loves all sinners – and, He wills for all of them to “be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” [1 Timothy 2:3-6] But in the same token, God is angry with sinners everyday. Psalm 7:11

The son in Christ’s parable of the “Prodigal [Lost] Son,” had left the family. He no longer wished to be part, but in headstrong fashion, moved out and demanded his share of the inheritance. He then in profligate fashion, wasted that monetary inheritance in sinful living. Finally, he came to his [spiritual] senses and ended up repenting. His decision of turn-around was [on the surface] prompted by his own self made deprivation and near destruction. He came home, fully admitting his sinful shame and was welcomed by a loving father.

How many of you have shared similar traits of “The Lost Son?”

You, who have been brought up by good and, perhaps, godly parents – have you rejected them and their religious values? Have you been taught some basic “Christian” values only to have embraced ever changing cultural values and norms? Have you wandered from your simple childlike faith in Christ and allowed your interests to be enamored with [supposed] Darwinian “scientific” “truths?” Have you allowed a certain cultural lifestyle to siphon away any semblance of shame as you march independently headstrong into what you think is fashionable living to be admired by all?

If you have shared some traits, such as the Prodigal Son, there is hope for you. You can return to a loving heavenly father who yearns for your return. He will not force you to return. He will not take back the free moral agency which he has granted you. He will respect your “right” to deny him and pave your personal way to perdition.

You – who have not known the Loving Father and His family:

Some segments of Christianity
erroneously attempt to simplify
that which is God the Holy Spirit's
work of bringing the sinner to
 repentance and faith in Christ.
Gospel of John 3:1-21    
How can one return to a loving Father and loving family if one has never belonged? Such is an impossibility. You find yourself grappling with life’s umpteen problems and overwhelming cares and concerns. You are like the proverbial, canoeist, up the creek, without a paddle. And, you are being pushed and forced by an overwhelming current, downstream to a certain waterfall death.

I wish I could be as assuring as some “Christian” preachers who give step by step instructions and lay out a prescriptive “Salvation” plan for your sinful soul, which apart from Christ’s forgiveness, and God, the Holy Spirit's action [John 3:8] will speed its way to certain hell. Matthew 7:13-29 ; Luke 16:19-31

Nowhere in the Scriptures will you honestly find a self-help manual for you to pull yourself up by your own sinful bootstraps and make your sinful soul clean before a sinless (holy) God. The Triune God will not allow His heaven to be contaminated by sin. You are either cleansed in the precious sacrificial forgiving blood of the sinless Christ or you are headed for an eternity without God and without all that is holy and perfect. 

The Scriptures declare: “Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep [treasure] it.” [Luke 11:27-28] May you make it a point to expose your thoughts and life to the Scriptures. Only in the Triune God's Revelation gift, will you discover the faith to believe. Romans 10:17 ; Romans 1:16 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; James 1:18


Not the labor of my hands; can fulfill Thy law’s demands.
Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow.
All for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone.

[Hymn lyric verse from “Rock of Ages” - TLH ; CPH - c. 1941]

Please note for reference:  “How to” (step by step) formula driven, prescription Christianity

This author's short story of his mother's Christian "testimony:"

My one persistent family member once pressed my (now sainted mother) - demanding of her, to answer 2 of his Christian denomination's favorite questions:

"When did you become 'saved?'" 
"How do you know that you are 'saved?'"

My wife & I witnessed the conversation - and, I was about to step in and call a halt to the assault upon my mother. But, Mom needed no defender. Her answer stymied the family interrogator, stiff as a poker, in his holier-than-thou tracks:

Mom firmly answered:

"How do I know that I'm saved? Because I believe God's promises!"

That Scriptural promise from John 3:16 is most blessed! It's sealed in the Savior's blood. It's not dependent upon our own will and doing - Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:2-13, James 1:18. It's a divine guaranteed promise for believers because it is dependent upon holy heavenly Father! 

This Week’s Related Scriptures -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament:

Psalm 51:1-19 – King David’s Psalm of contrition and confession over his many sins

New Testament

Luke 18:9-14 – The proud Pharisee and the humble and contrite Publican [Tax collector]

James 1:18 – The Heavenly Father “begetting” his own dear children

John 1:1-18 – Especially, - 1 John 1:13 –The Divine process of believing initiates with God, Himself

Ephesians 2: 8-10 – The Scripture's description of the "saving" process


Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Note for further reference and understanding:

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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Note: The above sermon message (with minor editing) was previously posted online (6/21/09)

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