We build on the notion that we are adopted as sons of the living God. You would think that if we are adopted as sons that we would be equal to Christ. How can we be called co-heirs with Christ Jesus, but still call Christ our Lord?
There are two motivations or orientations to consciously living out our faith. The first way is living as a slave which results in our being afraid of God. This is not necessarily far off the mark as the Apostle Paul does speak of us as being slaves of righteousness in Romans 6. Paul himself is a slave of Christ as he opens the book of Romans. However, the other way to live out the call of the Gospel is as a son. Why would Paul make a distinction between sonship and slavery if he identifies himself as a slave of Christ?
When we talk about the work of Christ we can talk about Christ securing us, or Christ redeeming us, or Christ paying the debt so we can be righteous. However, is the work of Christ complete enough to save us until the end? How do we know that we will partake of Christ’s work making Christ’s work our work?
One of the main consequences of the fall is that we do not want God to rule over us. We might think that God’s ruling over us is going to limit our fun, our joy, and our contentment in this life. However, what if God’s ruling over us by his providence actually secures our fun, our joy, and our contentment? How do we find contentment in the Lord as he rules over us?
The Lord rules over this creation and over this world. When we survey this creation and different challenges that we face in our day to day lives we might question the Lord’s competence. There is unrest, turmoil, and there is trouble in this world so why do we want our God to be sovereign? It would seem better if we could try out hand at ruling the world. So, why is it a good thing that God is sovereign and we are not sovereign?
Christians are very familiar with Hebrews 11 which is sometimes called the “Heroes of the faith.” There is no doubt that they suffered on account of their convictions, but what moved them? Is the point that they believed or is the point that they walked in the faith? What does it mean that they walked in the faith?
The Apostle Paul uses this strange language that Christ was made sin. How can a holy God be made sin? Is the Apostle Paul just trying to shock us for no reason? Is Paul laying out some sort of heresy? What can the Apostle possibly mean by this language?
We are a sinful people confirmed in sin and have no hope apart from the Grace of God. It is a blessing that the Lord shows his grace to us, but how do we know that his grace in enough? How do we know that the promises of the Gospel are enough to save? How do we know that having Christ as our priest is enough for our entrance into heaven?
If we were left with the news that we are a people who naturally hate God and our neighbor then there is no reason to continue to move forward in life. In fact, our lives would be meaningless without any purpose at all. However, the message of the gospel is not something where we just hope we will arrive. If we are sinful, if we naturally hate God and our neighbor, then how do we really turn to the Lord?
Our catechism uses strong language that we naturally hate God and our neighbor. Do we really want to say that we naturally hate God? Do we really want to say that we naturally hate all people? Are we really that sinful? How can we find any way out of this sinful way of life?