1 John 2:29-36
Today we continue with the 1st letter of John. In it John tells us how we know that we have been begotten of God—we do not sin and we live a life that is righteous.
Then John asks us to reflect upon the love that has been lavished upon us, that we have been made children of God. Now we have accepted this fact for so long that we have lost the real power of the statement, ‘we have been made children of God.’
When we stop and think that no other material creature is elevated to the level of being a child of God we begin to realise the dignity that God has given to us. In our natural state we can never become the supernatural creature that God has destined us to be, to live forever in his presence and to enjoy the sight of the glory of God. This mode of living is above our human nature and is beyond our natural ability.
But when Jesus came into the world, when God joined himself to human nature he changed the whole order of creation and raised human nature to a new level: when Jesus became man, human nature took on a whole new potential, the potential to become a child of God.
There is enough in that one statement alone to last us a lifetime. We can ponder what it means for a child to be born in Bethlehem, we can think of how his coming affects us all. There is no greater moment in history than the birth of Jesus, for in that moment we all became God’s children.