“But to all who did receive him, who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12 & 13
BORN OF GOD
Adam was born of God. From the dust of the ground a creature was formed and God’s Spirit breathed life into man and created a being in His own image. Regrettably, because of the freedom necessitated by love, man chose to disregard God’s command to avoid the “Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
The consequence of death reigned over humanity until the Savior came “in the fullness of time.” He was born of God without the “will of the flesh.”
This time Messiah passed the test which Adam failed and opened the door for a new family of God. The path to fellowship with God was opened. The veil of the Temple was rent. The presence of God was available to all “who believe in his name.” These receive the right to “become children of God” because they are born of God.
Like Adam and Messiah, the believer is “born of the Spirit.” Unlike Messiah we are still sinners, yet we, “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in the Messiah Jesus.”
We are the Christmas people. We live in the light of the star. “The true light which enlightens everyone” has come, and we are privileged to live in that light because we believe and are “BORN OF GOD.”
–William H. Scarle, Jr.