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"To Become"

(The Gospel of John)

The Apostle John miraculously governed by the penmanship of the Holy Spirit (14:16) wrote concerning accountable individuals with intellectual capability, “as many as received Him” (1:12). And Who did these souls receive you might ask? Well, Christ Jesus of course. Most Jews and Gentiles certainly did not “receive Him” but rather rejected Him (1:5,11). However, “as many as” did take His spiritual nourishment to them was given “the right to become children of God.” The same opportunity for salvation was extended to believing minds (12).

John clearly writes that a person who receives and believes in Christ has not yet attained forgiveness, but rather qualifies “to become” pardoned. And so the honest student of the Bible must ask “at what precise moment did these receivers and believers indeed become children of God?” Very important question, thanks for asking. Verse 13 answers the query. When receiving believers were “born of God.” This spiritual birth is different than blood (family ancestry), flesh (natural law for procreation), and man (freewill copulation between male and female).

This new birth would be further explained by Christ Himself in John 3:3,5, “born again out of water and the Spirit.” You see the words of the Holy Spirit (1 Pt. 1:23, Lk. 8:11) command a receiving believer’s necessity to submit to being immersed into water for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), calling on His name (Acts 22:16). And so when the receiving believer obeys the words of the Holy Spirit he or she humbly yields to the work of God (6:29, Col. 2:12). Never to meritoriously earning one’s salvation, nothing to boast about (Eph. 2:8-9). But rather our show of love for Christ (14:15) as being “saved by grace through faith” (Gal. 3:26-27).

Any rational noble minded person quick to honestly study the rightly handled Scriptures will come to the common salvation once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). In these spiritual caverns we find peace for the mind and purpose for our lives, pleasing God. Our Master is good and salvation is found in no other (Acts 4:12). We be wise to follow the instructions of His Spirit, correct?


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The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,




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