CHILDREN OF GOD! 4-27-2014

posted Apr 27, 2014, 1:22 PM by Dale Barnes

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God...Beloved, now we are the children of God…” (1Jn.3:1,2 NKJV)  

What an amazing declaration of truth from the apostle John!  God’s love is so great that we are now the children of God.  We are not only forgiven of many sins against God, but we are related to him by a new birth. (Jn.3:3,5)  

How did this come about? Again John tells plainly. “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born...of God.” (Jn.1:12 NKJV) It was not by any special work on our part.  We were not good enough to obtain this wonderful privilege.  We only responded to the Good News that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead to live in and with us forever.  It was a love gift from God.

John continues to minister assurance to us and to all who will listen. “And this  is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (1Jn.3:24 NIV)  “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given to us of his Spirit.” (1Jn.4:13 NIV)  There is a reality, an assurance, that Christ gives us by the Holy Spirit.  It is not just a new set of rules and rituals, but a true relationship with the living God.  Forgiven of a sinful past, born anew by the Spirit of God, and led step by step into a full life in following Christ; fulfilling his will. This wonderful, eternal life is available to all who will come to Christ and receive him as savior and Lord.