Reckless | Week 3
Position, Power, and Purpose
Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)—Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Grace is more than a one-time gift from God that gives me access to heaven after I die.
Grace is God’s desire, His willingness to work on your behalf—NOW.
Grace doesn’t just give me full access to heaven; it gives me full access to God—SON.
John 1:11-12 (NKJV) He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Galatians 3:26, 29; 4:4-7 (NKJV)—For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed (part of God’s family), and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 4:4-7 (NKJV)—God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)—For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Luke 15:11-32 (NIV)
11 “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living (we’ve all made mistakes and poor choices). 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
The robe represents the honor of the father and the reinstating of the son.
Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)—We are all like an unclean thing. All our righteousness is like filthy rags;
2 Corinthians 5:21(NKJV)—For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The robe tells the son and everyone else that his position as a son was restored.
The ring represents the delegation of authority. The father is saying, “All that I have is yours.”
Genesis 41:37-44 (NLT)40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.” 41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.”42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”
As a child of God, we not only have access to the manifold grace of God, we have a right to the manifold grace of God—God wants His grace to impact our lives.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJV)—His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [a]corruption that is in the world through lust.
Servants did not wear shoes—shoes were reserved for those in the family.
Shoes are for movement, motion, travel, for going somewhere.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)—And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”
Forgiveness would be empty without restoration to the privileges forfeited by sin.
God placed a robe on you, showing you and everyone else that you are a son.
God placed a ring on your finger, giving you the authority and right to access all that God has.
God placed shoes on your feet, affirming your assignment.
Your position gives you access to power, and power enables you to accomplish your purpose.