7546 - Born Of God

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We’re so glad you’re with us. Today we want to talk about being “Born of God”.

With this study we enter chapter 5 of the First Letter of John. Verse 1 says, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well.”

John begins this chapter with another truth designed to cut the rug out from under the false teachers. The Greeks were famous for stressing the use of intellect. These false teachers had trouble accepting the spiritual dimension regarding Jesus. They denied the deity of Jesus and rejected the truth that He was the anointed One of Old Testament prophesy.

John boldly speaks that Jesus is the Christ and that everyone who believes this truth is born of God. This is a statement of faith and not intellect. There is no evidence to be gained by experiment or observation, which proves that Jesus is the Christ to the intellect.

Make no mistake, there is a great deal of evidence that Jesus is the Christ and that His entry into a life changes it forever.

But, the major truth John is stressing to the doubter is that these people who come under the authority of Jesus and whose life is radically and eternally changed are “born of God.” They have come under the power of God and experienced His supernatural work in their life.

This miraculous event is also called “born again” by both John and Peter, while John also uses the phrase “born of the Spirit” in chapter three of his gospel.

All of these terms: “Born of God”, “Born of the Spirit,” and “Born again” refer to the same spiritual miracle produced in the life of a person who expresses faith in Jesus Christ.

In John’s Gospel, chapter 3, a member of the Jewish Council, who was named Nicodemus came to Jesus to seek to understand. They had a discussion in which Jesus told Nicodemus that a man had to be born again in order to see and know about the kingdom of God. Nicodemus had trouble comprehending, so Jesus pointed out the mystery of where the wind comes from and where it goes, to seek to get him over the obstacle of full intellectual understanding. You see, the wind blows even though we do not understand all about the dynamic principles, which God designed and controls over the wind.

Jesus was saying to Nicodemus that Spiritual birth is a real experience of life, even though man has no control over it, and cannot intellectually explain what takes place.

In John 1:13 it is explained that such a spiritual child is not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or even of parental desire, but by the will and power of God.

In many cases the Word of God has a great part in bringing Spiritual birth. 1 Peter 1:23 relates: “For you have been born again not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

In some cases God may use a person to explain what the Word of God means so that the seeker may understand; but, often times the Holy Spirit Himself is the interpreter who works in the heart of a seeker so that they understand how they may respond to the invitation from the Lord to become His child.

Just think, to be “Born of God” the only thing required of an individual is to come to agreement with God that we are indeed sinners, and then by faith surrender control to Jesus. Trinity God does everything else. He’s the one who loves us (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8). He’s the one who paid the penalty for our sins (1 John 4:10). He’s the one who brings conviction of sin and doom (John 16:8). He’s the one who woos and draws us to Himself (John 6:44). He’s the one who sends the Spirit to explain and give understanding (1 Cor. 2:12-14).

But God does not invade our will. We must personally, by faith, yield authority to Him and invite Jesus Christ to become our Lord and Savior.