“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
-1 John 5:1-4
This passage of scripture covers the ever-so-popularized “faith based salvation doctrine” by our oh-so-inclusive modern church, which by all accounts no one in sound doctrine denies that to be true, but lets be ultimately clear that the “big picture” of genuine salvation of a Christian, throughout all scripture, expresses it’s validity through the integrity of God’s commandments.
To summarize this single “pixel” from the entire “screen” of salvation (technical analogy, I know):
“If you love and believe Him, you are born of Him; if you are born of Him, you will and do overcome the world.”
Today’s manna has two fold intentions: Recognizing that one, if you say you believe and/or love God, then it is understood scripturally that you are “born of God”. Secondly, that being born of God you “overcome the world.”
*Now while I recognize you may have a different experience in the natural, for all intensive purposes, I’ll use the following to illustrate a point:
I love my dad. My dad has proven himself to me while growing up time and time again. When he tells me to do something, whether I understand it or not, I have enough “faith” in him to know I should listen and obey. Crucially because I have been “born of him” (quite literally speaking), I have naturally inherited traits from him that equip me to look, sound, and act just like him. We need to take this to a very real and deep spiritual understanding. While we know God, He is “Our Father,” many times this parallel escapes us to understanding true sanctification in the life of a REAL Christian.
Many people claim a lot of things, but one thing is for certain, just like you can’t fake genetics, you can’t expect to fake spiritual genetics with God. He will not be taken for a fool. He knows His children.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matthew 7:21-23
Anyone (in the natural), can claim that they are “my brother,” and/or a “son” or “daughter” of my dad, but “when the rubber meets the road,” (as my dad always says), they cannot fake genetics.
Think about this: When Jesus told Nicodemus you must be born of water and of spirit, He was telling him that you not only need be born naturally, but born spiritually! That meaning, to be “born again,” We know the water was referring to a physical natural birth, not water baptism, because Nicodemus asked Jesus, “How can I enter in again to my mother’s womb?” (John 3:5) Being born of water AND of spirit was the response: That is to be “Born Again” of the spirit. If we understand the genetic traits in the natural to be passed down to the “offspring,” then we can understand why the scripture tells us that WE, in like manner, need to be “born again” of the spirit so we too can carry our “Father’s” spiritual-genetic traits that reflect the validity or soundness of our “spiritual relation” to our Father in heaven.
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” -Galatians 4:6-7
“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” 1 John 3:5-10
The key here is the word “commit,” which in context, is a perfect-present tense, grammatically speaking, referring to a willful, current, continual, and unchanging path of sin. Heavy, yes… But this is a reality we desperately need to come to terms with, to awaken the masses of spiritually dead people in our churches today thinking that they are “saved” while living (key word) in continual, unapologetic-unrepentant sin. If we don’t repent we shall all perish (Luke 13:5; Romans 6:1-2)
If this is you today, repent. Turn to God wholeheartedly abandoning your sinful lifestyle and God promises you that His GRACE will equip you to walk in His ways. God doesn’t leave you stranded after a sincere call to Him willing to forsake your sinful ways. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-14)
Real fathers take care of their children. Don’t wait to turn to God. If choose to continue to reject His gift of salvation (or adoption) through Jesus Christ slipping into your grave, God will remain your Judge… Repent today and God will become your FATHER!