The Son of God became the Son of man
We already reviewed the fact that Jesus Christ created the world but this passage that I will be reviewing starts out by saying that the true Messiah who is Jesus Christ came unto His own and His own received Him not so a little into the article I will explain what the Bible is talking about regarding the reality that took place in the first century. In fact the principal is still happening today.
Then verse twelve says as many as received Him to these people He gave power to become the sons of God because they believed on the power of His Name. Verse thirteen clearly says that salvation is of God and God alone. The apostle John gives three earthly examples where redemption through Jesus Christ is not from God. I will explain this later but the writer of this gospel says our salvation through Jesus Christ in the natural is not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man.
(11) "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. (12) 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: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:11 - 13.
O.K lets break this passage down and righty discern it based on what the Holy Spirit originally intended this to mean so we can apply this to our lives. When the Bible says Jesus came unto His own this is referring to the Jewish people. When the Bible says Jesus came to earth we need to understand the three S's. (1) Sent (2) Seek (3) Save.
For God so loved the world that He sent His Son is a basic reality that the Bible talks about regarding our salvation. I do not believe anyone on this earth understands the love that God the Father had when He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth. Knowing that His Son would be tortured in the worst possible way and killed in the worst possible way known to man yet we needed salvation through the Son of man. If God the Father did not send His Son to earth then we would all be going to hell.
The second S is Seek. When we seek someone we desire to get to know them. Jesus wanted to get to know us so it is obvious that seeking is before saving.
The third S is salvation. This is only through Jesus Christ. The Son of God is Jewish because if we were to read Matthew chapter one the lineage is all Jewish from the Old Testament to Jesus Christ. For the most part the Jewish people rejected Him but there is always a remnant. There was a small portion of Jewish people that embraced salvation through Jesus Christ. When I listened to some Jewish Messianic testimonies I was really surprised that in their witness for Jesus Christ they did not even know He was a Jewish man. Of course now they do but this just goes to show us that the Holy Spirit has to spiritually open up our eyes.
There are two reasons a person will not accept Jesus Christ into his or her heart. (1) I want my sin. (2) I do not want Jesus Christ to have full reign over my life. It could just be one or it could be both.
The remnant that were faithful to Jesus Christ were those that received Him. They received Christ and believed on His Name but just remember the Greek word for "Believe" is in the present tense which means a continually believing. It is not a one time, "I believe" and then go about our own business without God. When we understand the love and grace of God through Jesus Christ our affections are on the Son of God. They are not in our despair, anger, lust or any sin which causes us and other people harm. This will not lead to Godly behavior which was the original intention from heaven for us so we can give this love back to Him.
… "To them gave he the power to become the sons of God" … which goes straight to the biblical principal of adoption. This was originally for the Jewish people; however, in this age of grace the Bible says God loves us so much that both Jew and Gentile can come to Jesus Christ through the loving adoption of God. (5) "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Je'sus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will," Ephesians 1: 5. These people are referred to as the body of Christ. Notice the word "Adoption." After the rapture of the church the salvation message goes back to the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world. To be adopted into the family of God is pure love from God. This happened because the Son of God became the Son of man so that people could become the sons and daughters of God Almighty.
The apostle John gives three human examples of how we did not get redeemed through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Being born in a certain family, our flesh which has absolutely nothing to do with God or the will of man. Being saved through the grace of God is called regeneration. (8) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2: 8 - 9. We were not saved by any works on our own but solely by the grace of God. This is called regeneration from God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Our salvation is by the grace of God but our ordination is found in verse ten. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Je'sus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10. Once we are saved we are ordained for good works because we have the empowering grace of God working through us so it is important that we at least try to understand the love that God has for us so we can show Him love through our obedience to Him all the while serving other people for the kingdom of God.
Perhaps some people out there want salvation from Jesus Christ. Now may be a good time to accept Jesus Christ into your heart as personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and inviting the Son of God into your life. The Son of God became the Son of man so we could have salvation through Him.
God bless you,