Child of God—Anyone, But Not in Any Way

| Mon, Jan 17, 2011 | Set 1 Week 3

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Reading the Bible is such an interesting adventure. Just when you might think the text is going to zig, it often zags. In John 1:12-13 we have the unqualified promise of the Gospel joined with the specific work of God necessary for someone to be saved.

Everyone who receives Jesus Christ for who He really is (Savior, Lord, Treasure) will become a child of God. What wonderful simplicity! There are no additional hoops to jump through, no laws to keep, no degree to attain, no praise or accolade of man to seek— simply receive.

There has never been a person who received Jesus Christ who did not become a child of God! One might think the next verse would talk about how smart or great are the people who receive Christ. However, the person who receives is one who has been “born of God.” To make it crystal clear John excludes other ways one might be born— it’s not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man). God must work in the heart of a spiritually dead person to make them spiritually alive so that they will believe (Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13).

So, let us pray for those we love who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord, Savior and Treasure. Let us pray that they might believe in his name and receive him. And let us who are saved glorify and praise God because we have been born of him!

Meditate, Discuss, Apply

  • Is everyone a child of God?
  • How does someone become a child of God?
  • What can we share from this verse with our friends and family who don’t know God?
  • How does this verse lead us in praise to God?

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