May 16, 2021 – Monday
1 John 5:1 NIV
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
1 John 5:1 CJB
Everyone who believes that Yeshua is the Messiah has God as his father, and everyone who loves a father loves his offspring too
There is a reason we pray not only to Almighty God, but also to our Heavenly Father. The reason is found in the verse above for those who believe Jesus is the Messiah or Christ is born of God, has God as his father. How does it feel to be adopted into God’s family with Jesus as our ‘big brother’ and God as our Heavenly Father? If you are like me, it feels awesome, amazing, and intimidating as well.
It is intimidating because as a member of this Family, much is expected of me (of us). When I recall (every single day) Jesus literally died for my sins, I am humbled to be brought into this family. I also know my ‘big brother’ Jesus, is also my Lord and Savior. Without Him and His Grace, I would be condemned to Hell. Instead, I am able to call God my Heavenly Father.
How does this happen? How do we become born of God or have God as our father? Plainly, it is a result of a belief, a living faith, believing in the divine truth that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the true Messiah, the only begotten Son of God. Jesus is the begotten Son of God and we are the adopted sons and daughters of God.
We were born again as His sons and daughters and 1 Peter 1:23 tells us how it happened, For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. And we know that Jesus is the word of God made flesh as told to us in John 1:14a, The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
You may have wondered or questioned why love was mentioned twice in this verse? If you had, you will find an answer to your wondering or questioning in the following from the Cambridge Bible Commentary (last sentence), To believe that Jesus is the Christ is to believe that One who was known as a man fulfilled a known and Divine commission; that He who was born and was crucified is the Anointed, the Messiah of Israel, the Saviour of the world. To believe this is to accept both the Old and the New Testaments; it is to believe that Jesus is what He claimed to be, One who is equal with the Father, and as such demands of every believer the absolute surrender of self to Him. Belief without love is, as S. Augustine remarks, the belief of a demon. This is backed up by James 2:19, You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. We are called to love as well as to believe. Galatians 5:6b says, The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to always remember to love all my brothers and sisters in Christ, not just the ones with whom I seldom have a disagreement with, but also to love those with whom I have plenty of disagreements. We are all adopted through Your Son’s Grace. Thank you for blessing me so much. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.