Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Children of God

One of the tools that I am using in 2016 to help me to store up God’s word in my heart (Ps. 119:11) is the Fighter Verse program. In addition to memorizing larger chunks of Scripture, this tool provides smaller passages around different themes in the Bible so that I might fight the fight of faith. This week, it takes us to John’s story of Jesus, beginning this way:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
(The Holy Bible: English Standard Version; Jn 1:1–11)

And then this marvelous conjunction — 'BUT.'

Some did not know him. Some did not receive him. They remained in darkness, not delivered by the True Light into the beauty and glory and joy of the light.

BUT…our fighter verse passage:

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (Jn 1:12–13)

There are some, who, at the choosing of GOD, and God alone, are able to see and comprehend who Jesus is. Their eyes are opened. Light pours in. They receive him, they believe in His name, and when they do, he gives them the right to become the children of God! They are born again (John 3:1-15).

It is a glorious facet of the Good News that in the midst of a dark and dangerous and scary world, when we could and can do nothing for ourselves, God moved through his Spirit (John 3:6-8) to give us life so that we might apprehend the beauty of Christ, and be born into the family of God, transferring us from a kingdom of darkness into the glorious kingdom of light.

If you’d like to meditate further, here is an eighteen minute devotional to assist you.

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