In the first Chapter of John’s Gospel, we find these amazing words,
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The New International Version. (2011). (Jn 1:9–13).
Here we find that the eternal Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ came into this world to be its Saviour. As God he gives liight to everyone who is born into this world. Sin has caused us to live in darkness and many in the world do not recognise him for who he is. What is really sad is that his own people did not recognise him, they had less excuse than the pagan nations as they had the witness of Scripture that ponted them to who Jesus really was and is. We cannot point our fingers at the Jews without also having to reflect that we also have lived in the darkness of sin. Sin has a had pervasive effect on all of humankind.
The good news is that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ he gives us the right to become Children of God. The good news does not stop there however because we are told that those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ do so because of the new birth.This is not something that we bring about rather it is God’s action in us which gives us new life. The Apostle John makes it quite clear that just as we do not give ourselves birth when we are born the first time, neither can we give ourselves birth spiritually. The whole of being a child of God shows that we have a change of status before we become children of God we are slaves to sin, now we have been set free. Yet, it is not only a matter of being set free but also coming into a close relationship with the living God through Jesus. A child can come and speak to his Father and know that he has good purposes for us. with a human Father the relationship is always broken and flawed by sin but with God we have a perfect heavenly Father.