torsdag 16. mars 2017

I am born of God!

NORSK
This is a strong statement, but there is biblical evidence for the claim. I sometimes wonder why many believers seem to find it easier to confess “I am created in God's image”, than to say “I am born of God”.

In the prologue of John's Gospel, it is often the 12th verse many believers learn by heart:

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
John 1:12
I use this verse very often, and a couple of days back I used it as the biblical foundation for praying the ‘prayer for salvation’. When I prayed this prayer, I became a child of God, and John concludes that who do that are:
children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:13
Being a child of God implies that I am born of God. It pushes the limit of what can be grasped by my human reason, and it is possible that is the reason why some believers find the claim threatening. It's okay to confess that: “I believe”, “I am a Christian” - even that “I am a child of God”, but many are struggling to say “I am born again” or “I am born of God”- at least in Norway. Therefor Norwegians have created the odd term “personal Christian” to distinguish him from a nominal Christian who does not confess a faith, but has a membership in a church .

I have already written – John is crystal clear: A child of God is born of God. However, it is still I who decide if I will define myself as a child of God - and the condition is unchanged: I become his child through receiving him and believe. More about the journey to the place of birth tomorrow.

‘Manna’ for today:

I am born of God!
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