The Price Of Love (1 of 4) by Jerry Branch

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The Price of Love (1 of 4)
Kingdom of God Series
Jerry Branch
1 John 3:1-3
10-27-02

I am starting a new series this morning, which should help us focus in on the Kingdom of God.In the Bible, this exact phrase occurs 66 times. When we add in the other phrase, Kingdom of Heaven, which is used interchangeably with Kingdom of God, we add another 32 occurrences... which means there are at least 98 times this phrase appears.

Obviously, we use this phrase a lot in church...but what does it really mean?

Is it just some church lingo? Is it just some words we see every once in a while in our Bible Studies or as we read our Bibles? I would like you to keep this phrase in mind today, and the next few weeks.

So, today I want us to deal with the starting point for the Christian in his or her becoming a part of the Kingdom of God and what that means to us.

I believe there is both a GREAT encouragement, as well as a GREAT Challenge to the believer.

Listen first to the text...

1 John 3:1-3

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

Three things I see here...

#1...if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then YOU ARE SPECIAL...in other words, you BELONG...A child of God!

#2...to become a part of the Kingdom of God, is more than anybody can pay...so God paid your admission price... in other words, God ADOPTED you...How great is the LOVE! and

#3...if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then YOU WILL LIVE your LIFE differently... in other words, you will not COMPROMISE God's Values... Purity!

Ok...so, Folks...IF each one of you sitti ...


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