Posted by: missionventureministries | January 6, 2013

God’s question is…Will you be My child? – John 1:12-13

John 1 vs 12-13

To all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13)

John gives us the marvelous promise of God that anyone who receives Christ will be born again and enters the family of God. This is a spiritual birth from God, not a physical birth that depends on human nature.

To receive Jesus means to believe in His name. His name is who He is; that is, His person. Jesus is God as well as man; He is the Lamb of God our Savior who takes away the sin of the world. All those who believe in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior are given the right to be children of God. All who believe in the Person of Christ are spiritually born of God.

Verse 12 contains important words for those who receive Christ. He gave, to those who opened their life to Him; the free gift of redemption. Salvation is by grace alone. It is a free gift and never a human achievement. Yet the imparting of the gift is dependent on man’s acceptance of Christ.

God transforms us from children of darkness and sin to His holy children when, we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, (the absolute ruler of our lives) and when we understand that Jesus paid our sin debt in full when He bore them upon Himself and died for us on the Cross.

The moment that we confess our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we pass from death into life (John 5:24), from children of darkness into children of light. God gives the Holy Spirit to impart this new and holy life to His true children; the Holy Spirit actually comes to live in our physical bodies when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord. The Bible states that the indwelling Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome sin and to stop sinning as a way of life. Romans 8:1-2 states; “Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are alive in Christ Jesus…”

Sin no longer has the forceful control over our lives that it did before we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives. Sins power and control was broken and shattered by Jesus on the cross, when He stated those magnificent, powerful, life changing words, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

Children of God means we became partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). When we received Jesus Christ as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our lives we were born again and are part of God’s family. The gift, the privilege and the birth are for those who receive Jesus Christ into their life.

The definition of those who believe in His name is provided by equating it with receive Him. John uses the verb believe 98 times and he never used it as a noun. It is clear that he thought of faith as an activity, as something men do that moves or changes them rather than a motionless state. When we truly believe we yield ourselves up to be possessed and changed by Jesus Christ.

Many people are confused about how they can be sure God has forgiven them and will welcome them into heaven. They don’t know what it means to receive, to believe in, or to accept Christ.

There is a simple story of a teacher that offered a ten dollar bill to any student that wanted it. As he held it up, the students all yelled out “I want it, I want it.” After a few moments, the teacher asked again who wants this ten dollar bill and finally one of the students got up and walked up to the teacher and took the bill. The ten dollar bill was not his until he took it. The same is true of salvation, being forgiven and going to heaven. Although Jesus has provided salvation for us through His death on the cross, what He accomplished there will do us no good unless we accepted Him into our life.

Verse 13 speaks of the only One who can perform or bring about the new birth. “Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

This is a supernatural spiritual birth. No person can earn it and no person deserves it. It is not of blood, as with physical birth, it is a spiritual birth. It is not by the will of the flesh, it cannot be obtained through self discipline or a diligent effort to adhere to a set of religious rules. Nor is it by the will of man. Nobody becomes a child of God by participating in a religious ceremony, or by following church traditions. It is entirely God’s doing: “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)

Although spiritual birth is brought about by God, rather than by man, each of us must decide either to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Just as the student chose to get up and take the ten dollar bill, we need to move and make the decision to accept Jesus as our Savior and to make Him Lord of our lives. Be assured, and comforted, that God wants you to know Him, He wants you to receive Christ, be spiritually born again and be a part of His family.

Jesus said: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Jesus gave His life for us so that we could have His life in us and be His children. Are you His child? Have you let Him in? If you would like to know more follow this link.

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