God or Us?

Born of God

John 1:12-13

 NASV (12) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (13) who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 If you have grown up in the church, you undoubtedly have often heard John 1:12 quoted in conjunction with evangelism efforts. Moreover, we should trumpet the fantastic promise given to men, “believe and be saved.” What a simple glorious truth!

However, how often have you heard verse 13? It too is equally incredible, yet rarely quoted. Think about it – the people who believe and become children of God are in retrospect described to be “born of God”.  Clearly, God produces the birth! This crescendo reaches its peak with “born of God.”  Follow a literal rendering to see this – the ones not out of blood and not out of will of flesh and not out of will of man but out of God were born. I put the word “but” in bold letters in order to indicate the extreme contrast between the phrase. The new birth decidedly is not a product of human descent or human decision or family ties. Rather, it is a supernatural and mysterious work of God that defies logical explanation!

So let’s not flatter ourselves. Let’s do praise God.

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