OUR RIGHTS IN THE LORD
Leslie M. John
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13)
As the new year dawns upon us let us meditate from the Scriptures the rights and privileges we are given to enjoy in the Lord. Just as we were driving the other day it came to my mind what if people did not know their rights and privileges on the road.
Indeed, it is hard for people in certain countries to understand or follow the concept of ‘right-of-way’ while driving.
Where there is no such ‘right-of-way’ law or where there is violation of such law, the consequences are catastrophic, immediate and long-lasting.
Is it not worth pondering on our rights and privileges which God gave to us? There is a ‘right of way’ given for those who believe in Jesus. The believers in Jesus have great rights and privileges. John the Gospel writer describes God, His Word, and the rights and privileges of born-again children. The very first verse of the first chapter of John’s Gospel contains unfathomable knowledge.
The verse reads…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1)
The LORD is Almighty God and He says…
“And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them?” (Isaiah 44:7)
Bible does not say that “the Word was a god” but firmly states that “The Word was God”. It is not a common article used but a definite one i.e., “the” is used. He was with the God and He was in the beginning. What was the beginning then? Genesis 1:1 reads…
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)
We have no information as to when that “beginning” was and from what point it should be understood as “the beginning”. God is eternal, He existed, He now exists and He will exist. He called His name as “I AM that I AM”. He is always in the present tense.
It is clear from John 1:1-2 and Philippians 2:6-7 that Jesus was with the Father partaking of the divine glory. In His incarnation He came down in the form of servant and in the likeness of man relinquishing His glory.
God created light before he created Sun and Moon, which He put them in their respective positions to distinguish the time and seasons, days and years.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4)
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14)
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:9-13)
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:2-5)
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”. (John 1:3-5)
Darkness in a room flees immediately when a speck of light flashes into it. Darkness did not comprehend the power of the light.
Darkness tried to be reigning, but when the light came in, the darkness disappeared. When God breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of man, made of dust of the ground, the man became a living soul.
The Father is the source of life, and as the Father has life in Him, so does He gave to the Son to have life in Him, and the Son came down from heaven and gave life into the world. (cf. John 5:26; 33)
Jesus said: “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6)
Those who are unaware of “Trinity” will get confused as to who the Father is, who the Son of God is, and who the Holy Spirit is! There are several references in the Bible that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are One. They are not three Gods but One in Three, co-equal, co-existent.
Jesus said: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30)
To as many as (not few or select few), but all who believe in Jesus, He gave the power to become the sons of God. What a great privilege is given to those who believe in Lord Jesus Christ! They are given the power to become the sons of God. The children of children are not grandchildren of God but they too are the ‘sons of God’.
All those who believe in the Lord will become ‘the sons of God’. It certainly does not mean they will become equal with God or Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is the begotten ‘Son of God’; nevertheless when the Lord comes all those who are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ will be conformed to His image.
It speaks of spiritual relationship and not of human/fleshly relationship. They are not born of blood, or according to the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. It is the Royal gift conferred on them, and it is absolutely divine.
Lord Jesus Christ is the ‘Son of God’ and He was not made to be so, but He is eternal. God sent His only Son into this world in order that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)
The “Word” was made flesh and He lived among us and John and others saw His glory, which was full of grace and truth.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14)
The Lord was in the world, which was made by Him but the world did not know Him. He came to His own but they rejected Him.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:10-11)
Inasmuch as we are the children of light and the children of the day, and not in darkness that that day should overtake us, nor are we children of darkness let us respond, in the New Year, to the Lord, who said “…Surely I come quickly”, by saying “…Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus…” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 and Revelation 22:20-21)
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