Children of an Amazing God
"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." - Jn. 1:12,13
Here in two verses we see the amazing and mysterious means of our salvation. While there is a human component (receive and believe), the essential component is God himself. You were not born again by something you inherited (by blood) or by anything that is in you (body or mind). Nothing you did, thought or felt made any difference at all. God's love didn't just create possibilities. He brought salvation into your life.
It is a good thing that we were not left in control of this. If a salvation decision were left up to us alone, we would mess it all up or have second thoughts about it. But God we can count on to do what he says he will do, and finish what he's already done. It is in the mystical process of believing that Jesus's self-sacrificing work beat death and sin, and by receiving that shared gift of victory, we become children of God.
God didn't have to create a universe, but He did. Once that magnificent event was done, He didn't have to reveal Himself to us, but He did. God didn't even have to love mankind, but He did that too. However, He went even further than that. He made us His children, someone different than we were before, or ever could become on our own - members of His very own family. And we are not poor beggar children. We are children who are heirs, heirs to all things.
Yes, the inner workings of God's love and salvation are beyond us, but wouldn't that be exactly what you would expect from a God who has done so much that He never had to? How can such a thing be explained? We can only in light of this gift, a standing so great we can't explain, just thank Him for it and live as the faithful sons and daughters He made us to be.
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