Power to become children of God

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. -John 1:9-13 NRSV

The creator became the created. It is so amazing. Who could have ever believed that God would come to us in this way. It is beyond comprehension that the Almighty would stoop down and become one of us. Yet this is the miracle of the gospel. This is the secret veiled since the beginning of time. This is the beginning of the greatest story ever told.

And we who receive him, who believe in his name, are a part of that story. As God the Spirit fathered the baby Jesus, so this very same Holy Spirit has fathered us. It is not a matter of human will or human power. For God comes to us when we are humanly most weak. He comes in power birthing in us a new creation and giving us power to be his children.

We confess that we believe in you Jesus. Empower us to be like you today.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. I think that is one of the most amazing verses! What manner of love is this that we should be called the children of God?

    1. Nonnie; To be called the daughter of God is your birthright. The Lord said (and I paraphrase) that 'to everyone who believes, He gives them the power to become the sons and daughters of God.' It's a matter of 'working out the salvation that is in you 'with fear and trembling.' May the Holy Spirit help you to this end.


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