The New Birth (3)

John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”

When we think about the born again experience, we ought not limit it to just going to church or making heaven. A vital part of the New Birth is the life we live here and now on the earth. There are so many benefits that are available to the believing Christian, but the ultimate and most important is the fact that you can be called a son of God. The idea of this concept is only limited to whatever personal revelation we have of God, because as a son of God, all that belongs to God is available to us.

Did we ever stop to think that God created the heavens and the earth, the vast expanse of the universe?  He did it by His outstretched arm and great power. All that we need in this world cannot be compared to the resources used in creating this universe. Did we ever stop to think that the challenges we face in life are simply challenging because we don’t have the know-how (wisdom) to go about the situation, yet we have an All Wise God as a father? All it requires is a moment of His counsel and the problem will be solved. It’s worth the exercise for every one of us to stop and reflect on who God is, and what He is capable of doing, and at the end of it all, end with the thought “I am a son of God”. Phew…what thrill this is!

His fatherhood is born out of complete love for His family, Paul in His prayer for the Church in Ephesians 3:14-19 calls God the Father “from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” Meaning every son of God bears the name of the Father. This means the authority and access of the Father. So when we say Jehovah Jireh, it’s not so we see ourselves separate from God, but rather it’s a name that we ought to identify with because it’s the name of our Father in heaven, whose name we bear. He goes on to pray that we may “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge”. The idea that we bear His name, having rights to access and authority is foreign to many because of their concept of fatherhood. You may have had a runaway father, or a father who never supported you, or gave you rights to his access and authority, but this does not define God’s fatherhood. He is the author of fatherhood, and His is born out of love. It’s love that goes beyond natural comprehension. It is love that is divine. Meditate on these truths as God being your father, you bearing His name, you having access to His authority, and you being a son.

Scriptures to Meditate: 1 John 1:1-3, John 14:13, Rom.8:29, John 15:7, 1John 4:8, Eph.1:3,6-7

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