But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12

If you are a Christian then you are a child of God, you have been adopted into His family. This adoption does not happen due to us living in such a way that earns God’s favor. It is not like God walks through the spiritual orphanage and sees us looking cute, being sweet, or displaying obedience causing Him to take us home. We do not become His children because we follow some laws in faith and want to be like Jesus. We become His children solely based off the the works of Jesus, trusting in Him to save us from our sins. None of us are worthy, but through Jesus we receive our worth and rights as God’s children.

I think it is important to know that our standing as children of God is all of grace. I don’t deserve all the rights of a child of the King of all, I deserve all the rights of a sinner, the right to receive the wrath of God. GRACE!

As I look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, I am full of gratitude and joy. I am not saved by my works, but I am saved because of the works of Jesus and faith in Him alone. God has adopted us to display His awesome love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, power, and so many other things that brings delightful worship. God has adopted us to show us and the world His worthy Son. God has adopted us to live through us in the person of the Holy Spirit. In Christ, I am a son of God, a child of God. May I never insult Him by thinking my works add to what Jesus did for me on the cross, giving me some credit for this privilege of sonship.

In Christ alone am I a child of God.

in Christ alone
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  • February 24, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Preach! Brother, Preach!

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