Thursday, January 27, 2011

Born of God

John 1:12-13

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:   13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  

Who is a son or daughter of God?

The nation of Israel took pride in having Abraham as their father, and having the law and the prophets as their heritage. They believed that this was sufficient in being right with God.

But God said in Mathew 3:9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Only God can breathe eternal life into us. Only He can give us a new birth. Only through Him can we be sure that we have the gift promised.

Many go to church and hope that this is sufficient. Many depend on their families Christian heritage, or their good works, or their national pride.

Many depend on what they give, their goodness, their tolerance, and their view of themselves.

But none of this will open the door. Only God can.

Who do you say that Jesus is?

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