“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:”
John 1:12 NKJV
The most famous verse quoted about salvation is John 3:16. Some people read this verse and assume that all you get when you believe in Jesus Christ is to live happily ever after in heaven.
Thus, they spend their time trying to secure this eternal bliss. Contrary to this line of thought, Scripture tells us that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9) and are sealed by His Spirit until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:14). But that isn’t the end of the story.
Our anchor text highlights another meaningful gift in salvation – our sonship. John explains that those who believe in the name of Jesus receive the power to become the sons of God.
This is essential to note because, before Jesus, no other person referred to God as Father. The Jews were so angry at Him for calling God Father that they wanted to kill Him for doing so.
But, when Jesus rose from the dead, He said to Mary, “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “since I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
John 20:17 CSB
Following His resurrection, He called the disciples His brothers and called God their Father. So, what changed?
Hebrews 2:10 explains and tells us that by His sufferings (death, burial, and resurrection), He made way for us to be called sons. Therefore, when we receive the life of Christ, we also receive His sonship.
It’s not a position we hope to attain, but it is a right given to us in Christ. Scripture tells us that:
“God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children—this was his pleasure and purpose.”
Ephesians 1:5 GNT
“When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir.”
Galatians 4:4-7 CSB
Beloved, boast in this today. You are a son or daughter of God. You have the Spirit of God dwelling in you as a witness.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 10:11-21, I John 2:18-23, Job 11, Ezekiel 31-32