Intimacy With Christ: Born from Above
“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. 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.”
I heard on a radio broadcast years ago an interview with parents and a poll asking, “If you knew then what you know now, would you have had children?” I thought the answer would have a resounding “yes!” However, it turned out to be around 50% said, “yes” and around 38-50% said, “no.” I heard all the reasons why and I was fascinated from that day onward. I thought then, “lots of ‘no’ answers- ‘who would have thunk it?”
To my knowledge at this moment there really is no deeper intimacy with God than being Regenerated slash Made spiritually alive to God the Father (Son and Holy Spirit and His Word that is breathed by the Holy Spirit) to become his sons and daughters.
The author of this text goes through some of the errors people may have held in their misunderstanding of “born-again” and says: A. We are not born again by any blood-line on this planet.
B. We are not born into God’s family through any effort on our part (yes, our willingness is involved to believing-ly trust Jesus authentically ). Even if we flapped our arms and made loud noises and apologies to God- still, by our own effort (all the religious duties of good works in the universe) we would remain according to Jesus Apostle-Messenger John not “born from above.” I tenderly wonder reader, is “trust in, fully rely upon, and put your belief in what God wants and trust the Lord Jesus Christ” complex to you or simple as simple can be? Believe and be saved or go to the grave and not believe and nor trust in the Lord Jesus. To the last nano-second we have a choice to make.
C. We are not made God’s children just because someone else’s will willed us so apart from the Magnetically and Fiery Drawing of God to Himself through Jesus Christ. I’ve seen plenty of parents who really desire their children to place their faith firmly in Divinity by trusting Jesus to Save and Rule and Reign as King- and rightfully so- they looked for any hick-up on the linear line of Space and Time where little or older Johnny gave any kind of sign of being born into God’s family. They may have even led in a little prayer only to discover that little Johnny believed not on the Name of the Only Begotten (Unique as Divinity is) Son- really. I’ve spoken to these people on both sides of the track (parents with children who have no interest in the Lord and parents who do have children who love Jesus and serve Him.
C. Finally, John makes it plain- no human can say- “I am are now born again” just because they want to say so for whatever reason. only God has that right to witness with our newly-alive-to-God heart, soul, and spirit that it is indeed true- that we have passed into a whole new plane of existence.
To be born into God’s Family- Jesus’ Christ’s Kingdom “You must be born again” of God and from above. We learn these truths from the teachings of the Precious Lord Jesus…He didn’t want us running in circles trying to get in only our own power to Heaven to be with Jesus. Rather He explained the good news clearly that faith in Him = faith in God…but, not the reverse because there is what I call a whole religion of its own out there- godianity- not Christianity because it requires no Christ or Savior).
John the Beloved Apostle said in 1 John, “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him [God/Jesus Christ on an intimately-intimate level] not.”Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
When I began this page in this series, I began with an example that not all parents wanted their children at the end of the day and if they could turn the clock back they would have had zero children. Yet, the verse above points us to the Father heart of God and presents to us a Joyous Father who is Love. “God is Love.” He says, 100% of the time- “I love my children with an Everlasting love.” “And to all who came to Him and believed on Jesus Name- He gave them the highest privilege to become His kids”- His family and so brought us into a love that will never end. This is intimacy with Christ- the New Birth, or the Regeneration of a heart/soul/spirit alive to God by Christ’s Resurrection and Resurrection Power to make a spirit alive to God’s Will and Work. He says to His kids, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He says to His Kids, “There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” (Deut. 1:31)