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Children of God: What it means

July 31, 2016

John 1-12

The Verse of the Day for July 31, 2016 describes what it means to be children of God:

John 1:12-13 (AMP):

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

1 John 3:1-3 also points out the difference between the children of God and the children of the world:

3 See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).

Verse 9 speaks of those who are “born of God” as being “born again.”

1 John 3:9 (AMP)

No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.

In reflecting on the distinction between those who are born of the flesh and those who are born again of the spirit of God, I thought of comments and a poem posted this past Father’s Day when I made reference to the statement “Spirit is thicker than blood.” Here is an excerpt from that post:

The statement “Spirit is thicker than blood” . . . I first heard more than 30 years by the late Skip Mesquite, celebrated saxophonist and songwriter, who performed with Tower of Power and other prominent musicians and singers back in the day. When I learned of his falling asleep in Christ, I commented about one of his songs: “Hey, Brother,” the composition written for his brother by blood, trying to explain why he was closer to his brothers in the spirit than to his own “flesh and blood.” I was so moved by his performance that I was inspired to write “We Be Brothers” which I dedicated to Skip. Since first completing the poem, I have read it countless times, expressing the bond of brotherhood shared with fellow believers.

We Be Brothers

“Spirit is thicker than blood.

Oh, yes, it is, brother.”

Skip Mesquite,

songwriter, saxophonist

         

men born again in brotherhood

beyond thin skinship of the soul

not blood but spirit makes us kin

we be true brothers, brother-man

 

I dig your gig, so rap to me

and play the sounds I need to hear

tune me in and play my number

just call me on your saxophone

 

soothe my soul with those mellow notes

flowing from your horn of plenty

man, make your heart-song melt my dark

and paint my skies in sunrise hues

 

I can escape the basement gloom

to scale the palace stairs with you

we climb to where the air is rare

we be true brothers, brother-man

The Verse of the Day and related scriptures reinforce the distinction made between those born of the spirit and those born of the flesh:

Listen to “Born Again” by Third Day

Looking for the children of God

July 31, 2015

john1-12The Verse of the Day for July 31, 2015 speaks of the concept of “the sons of God,” as expressed in John 1:12-13 (Authorized King James Version):

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: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The designation as “the sons of God” in the King James Version is translated “the children of God” in other versions: The verses are rendered this way in the New Living Translation:

12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

1 John 3:1 speaks of the source of our being called His children:

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.

From a spiritual perspective, those who are designated as sons of God, take on the character or the spiritual nature of their Father. “Like father, like son,” so goes the familiar expression. Jesus Christ whose very nature embodies the fullness of God is the Son of God, and those who receive him have obtained the power to partake of his nature, being born again. Romans 8:14 declares:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

The New Living Translation offers this statement:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

Although our presence as children of God makes a critical difference in the world today, the fullness of who were are is yet to be totally realized. 1 John 3:2 points out the difference between what we see now and what we shall see in the future:

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Romans 8:19 in the Amplified Bible speaks of this sense of anticipation:

For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are., the disclosing of their sonship].

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.

Many believe that future day is close at hand.

To round out our discussion, John 1:12 is the inspiration for the following scripture memory song: