Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 March 2017
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
In verse 13, John firstly tells us that we become God’s children not by any physical means or physical process. He wants us to know that it is entirely a spiritual matter.
John tells us that God’s children “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man.” The phrase “not of blood” indicates that no one becomes a child of God through any physical descent. In other words, no blood relationship guarantees us the right to become a child of God. This truth is further emphasized in the following expression — “nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man.” The desire of a man and sexual relationship that lead to natural birth of a child, do not guarantee the spiritual birth of their children.
After explaining that none becomes a child of God by virtue of human relationship, John declares that one can be born into God’s family only because “of God” Himself. A person can become a child of God only through God’s supernatural work in his/her heart. God alone can bring about this spiritual birth. No human effort can make us God’s children.
It is by God’s gracious work in our hearts that we believe in His name to become God’s children. When the Gospel is preached to us, it is God who gives us the ability to believe in Him and be saved that we may become His children.
How gracious is our God who grants us an eternal blessing that even our compassionate and loving parents cannot give! This divine grace toward us shines even brighter when we consider that it was while we were still His enemies, He loved and called us to be His children!
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God!” (1 Jn 3:1)
Precious Father, I love Thee, for Thou hast loved me so greatly.