Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John 1:12-13

John 1:12-13 – Yet to all who received 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.

        Believe. That is all it takes. When you are born into the world it is based on the decision and actions of two individuals. Then your lineage is determined by your father and his father and so on.
        When you are born again it is not dependent on anyone else. It doesn’t matter what your father or mother believe, it is up to you. You have to make a decision; you have to decide what you believe. When you believe in Christ your life is transformed and made new, hence the term ‘born again.’ Being ‘Born Again’ is a spiritual birth into the kingdom of God.
        So let’s go back a few steps and look at how this new birth is even possible. Christ paved the way and made it possible, in fact, He is the Way. To sum it up, He came to earth, lived as a man, never sinned, was crucified and buried and then on the third day rose again to conquer sin, death and the grave. Jesus took the punishment we deserve upon Himself. Now it is done, it is finished.
       All that’s left is for you to receive Him and believe in what He did. After that we become God’s children. To truly understand what Christ did for us we must look at how this verse is worded. Notice that it does not say we have the ‘privilege’ of becoming children of God. Once we believe in Christ it becomes our right. We are entitled to it and no one can take it away.
       If you have not made the decision to accept Christ, do it now. Go to Christ. Receive Him and believe in His name and take your rightful place as a child of God.

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