One of the largest department stores in our nation took on a commercial adventure that proved to be disastrously unsuccessful. It was a doll in the form of the baby Jesus. It was advertised as being unbreakable, washable, and cuddly. It was packaged in straw with a satin crib and … More
There is only one way to experience salvation and become a child of God and that is through God’s power (v. 12). There are three ways by which you cannot become a child of God (v. 13).
John states that though Jesus created the world, the world did not recognize Him. Though He came to His own, His own did not receive Him (vv. 10-11). God came to the world for acceptance and relationship. Those who accept the Light, who believe in the message Christ proclaimed about Himself, are given the “right to become the children of God” (v. 12). To be born into the kingdom of God is not something achieved by human energy (v. 13) but by the grace of the living God through Christ Jesus (Eph 2:8-9). This is to be balanced by the emphasis on the need to “receive” Christ. Though we bring nothing to God and contribute nothing to our salvation, the gift itself is dependent on our willingness to receive it from the one who offers it.
There are many people who are personally trusting they are going to heaven when they die by one or all of the ways that verse 13 says is impossible to be a Christian. Lord, help me to be able to show people in a loving way that salvation is through grace alone.
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John 1:1-9Snapshots of the Lord’s Life
John 1:10-14Only One Way to Experience Salvation
John 1:15-18The Incarnation of Christ
John 1:19-28John was asked "Why baptize?”
John 1:29-34Jesus The Lamb of God
John 1:35-42The First Disciples
John 1:43-51God Calls Philip And Nathaniel
John 2:1-12Changing Water into Wine
John 2:13-25Jesus Turns Over the Tables
John 3:1-12How to be Born Again
John 3:13-24What does it mean to believe?
John 3:22-30Confusion About The New Birth
John 3:25-36John’s Final Eulogy
John 4:1-15Jesus Meets the Samaritan Women
John 4:16-30It is not Where You Worship But How
John 4:31-42The Harvest is Ready
John 4:43-54Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son