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I Am a Child of God

January 3, 2017

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I Am a Child of God

Yah,  really!     How can that be?     Am I being rather arrogant  and maybe a bit snooty  to assume  such a title?     While rolling their eyes,  some might think so.     Whatever could make me think such a thing?

It’s God’s word.     The Bible assures me  in so many places.     One verse specifically  in mind  is John 1:11-13,

He (Jesus) came to His own,  and those  who were His own  did not receive Him.     But  as many as received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become children  of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name,  who were born  not of blood,  nor  of the will  of the flesh,  nor  of the will  of man,  but of God.

Jesus, who is LORD of lords,  was born a Jew  according to the prophesied family tree,  but so many  of His own people,  especially the leaders,  did not receive Him  or welcome Him.     When their sins  were exposed,  they became filled  with bitter hatred  instead of the sorrow  they should have experienced.     Rather than believing  what Jesus preached  about a full and free salvation  through faith,  they called Him  a blasphemer  and had Him crucified.

But,  there were many Jews  and a growing number  of Gentiles  who did receive Jesus.     How did they “receive” Him?     They believed  what Jesus preached.     They believed  Jesus had the power  to forgive  all their sins.     They gladly  and seriously started living  the way  Jesus taught  because they could see  how beautifully right  it was.     That’s repentance.

They welcomed Jesus’ gospel,  His good news,  into their hearts.     Upon seeing how Jesus lived,  the truths  He preached,  and the miracles  He worked,  they were absolutely  totally assured  in their hearts  that this was  the promised Redeemer  prophesied  throughout the Old Testament.

And so,  they accepted all  that Jesus is  into their hearts  and allowed Him  to change their lives.     That’s “receiving” Christ.

In John 1:11-13  it says that Jesus gives those who receive Him  “the right  to become children  of God”.     That word  “right”  can be rendered  “power”.     So,  what’s that saying?

Before,  we were not  the children  of God.     We might have been described according to  1 John 3:10“By this the children  of God  and the children  of the devil  are obvious:  any one  who does not practice  righteousness  is not  of God,  nor the one  who does not love  his brother.”     So,  there is such a thing as  “children  of the devil”  and that might be  what  we once were.

But  we don’t have to remain  that way  because 1 John 4:4 says,  “You are  from God,  little children,  and have overcome them;  because  greater is He  who is in you  than he who is  in the world.”     That means  that when we believe  in Jesus,  He lives  in us  and He will grant us  the power  to overcome temptation  and to be strengthened  to live  in the truth.

Especially note  in John 1:11-13  above,  that it is only the “believers”  who  “become”  children of God.     We weren’t God’s children beforehand,  but when we believe  in Jesus,  we  “become”  God’s children.

John really emphasized this “becoming” aspect  by pointing out some details  in verse 13.     First,  we were not born  of any special blood line.     So,  you don’t have to be  a Jew  to be a child  of God.     All you have to do  is believe.

Secondly,  we don’t have to  be born  of any particular parents.     It does not matter  who our parents are  or what happened  in our childhood.     All we have to do  is believe.

Thirdly,  nobody  has to willfully force us  into a Christian faith.     Nobody  can  “make”  another person really believe.     It’s all God’s work.     God presents  His word  to each  of us  in many different ways.     We see  and hear it.     Then we either personally accept  or reject it.

That’s so marvelous.     People from all sorts  of backgrounds  can become  a child  of God.     We don’t have to worry  about our past  or our family’s past.     And,  our salvation  does not depend  on any  other person.     Only  faith  in Christ’s sacrifice  on the cross  saves us.

Just look  at what Jesus has done.     Check out His credentials  in the Bible.     I don’t need more proof.

I’ve gladly received Jesus  as my Lord,  God,  and Savior.     I’m a child  of God.

( P.S.     I wrote this post  in June 2006  for another website  that does not keep  an online archive. )

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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