Children of God

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive 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.

John 1:10-13

When I was a youth, these verses changed everything for me; this is where I began to comprehend the truth of Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I believed in Him before that, but simple belief isn’t the same as comprehension, and though my comprehension was not, and for that matter still is not as complete as I might like, this was the turning point for me. Yet again, simple John took a major theological concept and boiled it down to a few simple sentences that anyone can understand; it is clear and simple. This “light” who is also the Word-God, came into this world of darkness, and even though He made the world, the world simply didn’t recognize Him for who He really was. He even came amongst his own covenant people, the ones who had received the message of the prophets concerning Him and His coming, yet they for the most part, didn’t recognize Him any more than they recognized the prophets when they came. Yet, for those who did see Him for who He was, He made it possible for them to be reborn as children of God.


What could be simpler?

The interesting thing about a text like this is that while I’d like to write on and on, I’m pretty sure that I would either resort to being redundant, or I would translate simplicity into complexity, and neither of those are very good outcomes. Accordingly, I think I’ll just leave you with…


What could be simpler?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to Children of God

  1. mzpresser says:

    It makes me so sad that my own people missed Him, God daily breaks my heart for them and I pray He uses me to evangelize to my people one day. God bless!

  2. Well put. Thanks for sharing!

  3. trotter387 says:

    Interesting – A light bulb moment for me as a young man also because it helped me to understand the state of humanity alienated from God.

    Adam chose to withdraw from God’s support and because of that we all exist in darkness. Through the promise of God that he would do something we can trace his actions through the Bible – first through Noah, then to Abram, then to King David and from there to the Messiah and his birth.

    So we have a logical progression – the rebellious steps of Adam to the sacrifice of Jesus perfect human body, as James and John explain the sacrifice that covers all our sins, but you have to ask for what purpose?

    The Apostle Paul explains in Romans 8:18 to 25 and then I Corinthians 15: we have become reconciled, regain what was lost by Adam.

    As you say very simply put and logically explains why the bible refers to Human futility and darkness – we can not direct our own steps because we can’t see the whole picture so we learn from the revealed truth – the light shone through the bible.

    Great series of posts I hope you don’t mind my comments as they don’t align with yours, this is also a key passage of scripture as it was a key part of my personal journey.

    • Don Merritt says:

      I always appreciate your comments whether we agree entirely or not; the readers will decide how they see things and that’s great. I figure my job is to put some thoughts out there to encourage everybody to think and seek His guidance

  4. musicbymelissa says:

    I love how you can find parallel stories through various cultures that open the door to this simple message. Like have you ever read Bruce Olson’s account (the book is called Bruchko) of how this became real for the Motilone Indians? They had a story in their culture of a man who became an ant to show the ants how to live; and that before that man did so, the ants were afraid of him and couldn’t be helped by him until he became an ant like them. To me, the care – and sacrifice – that our Creator takes to open our eyes to what He has for us is so amazing! How awesome is our God, and how much He loves us.

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