It is written, “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— 13 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],” (John 1:12-14, AMP).
Today’s word is something more of an encouragement than a message. It is a simple reminder that through Christ, not only us but the world is able to be made whole. He does this by exchanging our ugliness for His righteousness. When this exchange happens by the repentance of our sins and our acceptance of who Jesus is (as the Son of God), we are spiritually reborn. It is said best in John 1:12-14 because it paints us all a picture that we can understand. As we receive Christ’s righteousness for our sinfulness, we are also given “the authority and the privilege” to become adopted children of God Himself. The creator of the heavens and the earth is now our adopted Father thanks to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to do this He requires one thing from humanity. This one thing is to accept Jesus for who He is. To recognize his divine and human nature, and to understand the cost He paid for all of us on that cross.
After we can do this, we are reborn in the spirit. John states that we are not merely born in the flesh anymore but in the Spirit of God. This simply means that once we have accepted Christ in our lives that we are now partakers of God’s Holy Spirit. This allows us to be able to walk in the Spirit, which spiritually transforms us (like a caterpillar to a wonderful butterfly), and renews us. We are no longer who we used to be, a slave to our sin nature but we are now allowed to have His guidance in the spiritual (through the illumination of the Holy Spirit in our lives). This is what allows us to have conviction when we are doing something wrong and encouragement when we are doing something well.
You see God has laid out the salvation for all of humanity in a manner that anyone could be saved, however, the reason why so many people are never saved is that they have trust issues. They have been lied to and let down so many times in their lives. They have seen “religious” people acting worse than the sinners that they have been called before. However, what will help a person trust Christ is the basic understanding that He died for us all by name. He died for all of humanity because He cares about each and every one of us. With this understanding, we can understand that salvation is not about a religious movement but a personal relationship with Jesus. We can trust Him because hasn’t He already proved Himself to us on that cross? So, if you are like one of those millions of people out there in the world lost and feeling like you are missing something in life but you cannot put your finger on it, guess what, you are. You are missing the salvation that can only come through the atonement of Jesus Christ. That thing you are missing is trusting in Jesus. Believe me, He will never let you down. This is why I say that the path to salvation is easy but the trust it takes is not.
So please, if you have not yet made Jesus the Lord of your life, take some time alone somewhere quiet. Make a simple prayer to Him and ask Him to reveal Himself in your life. As you start to feel the peace in your heart, and the calmness in your mind, you will understand that you can trust in Him not only for salvation but the fulfillment of every promise spoken in His Word. So please, try this approach and watch how your life will begin to be transformed for the better.