But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.…
I. A WONDERFUL AND AN INEXPLICABLE PRIVILEGE. What an honour (Proverbs 17:6)! What an advantage (Romans 8:17)! In this name we have —
1. A spiritual right to all the creatures of God (1 Corinthians 3:21-23).
2. An interest in God Himself (Isaiah 49:15, 16; 1 John 4:16).
3. The service and guardianship of angels (Psalm 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14).
4. A certain and infallible claim to eternal glory (Colossians 1:12; Matthew 25:34).
II. THE MEANS OF THE ENJOYMENT OF THIS PRIVILEGE.
1. This privilege is not natural to man. By nature we are
(1) children of this world (Luke 16:8); or worse,
(2) a seed of falsehood (Isaiah 57:4); or yet worse,
(3) children of unrighteousness and darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5); or yet worse,
(4) sons of wilful disobedience (Ephesians 2:3); or worst of all,
(5) children of wrath (Ephesians 2:2).
2. This enjoyment may be obtained by
(1) Adoption (Ephesians 1:5);
(2) Regeneration; not of water only, so we are all sacramentally regenerated; but of the Holy Ghost (1 John 1:12, 13; John 3:5).
3. Union with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 4:15; James 1:18).
4. By means of faith as saith the text.
III. HOW SHALL WE KNOW THAT WE ENJOY THIS PRIVILEGE. Every child of God is —
1. Like his Father (1 Peter 1:15, 16);
(1) He is merciful; are we cruel?
(2) He is righteous; are we unjust?
(3) He is slow to anger; are we furious?
(4) He is abhorrent of evil; do we take pleasure in wickedness?
2. Bears a filial answering to a paternal love.
3. Reverences his Father (Malachi 1:6).
4. Is obedient to his Father.
5. But beyond this there is the witness and guidance of the Holy Spirit of our Father.
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