"But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
By giving us His power to become the sons of God, Jesus Christ gives us the highest right or the greatest privilege we can ever experience in this world. But in order to receive that power, we must receive Him. We must believe on Him and His name as the only means by which we can reach Heaven.
“He who is made a child of God enjoys the greatest privilege which the Divine Being can confer on this side eternity. Those who accept Jesus Christ, as he is offered to them in the Gospel, have, through His blood, a right to this sonship; for by that sacrifice this blessing was purchased; and the fullest promises of God confirm it to all who believe.” Adam Clarke
We cannot reach Heaven of our own power or ability. Titus 3:5 tells us that “Not by works of righteousness…” Heaven can’t be earned. Heaven can’t be bought by worldly goods. Heaven is free to those who believe on Jesus Christ and His finished work; but Heaven is costly. It cost God the Father His only begotten Son. It cost Jesus Christ His life here on earth. But the privilege of being a child of God is free… to all who receive Him and believe on His name.
In verses 10 & 11, we see that though He came, some didn’t know Him. Some, even of His own, knew Him; but didn’t receive Him. Isn’t that much like the world today? Some have never heard the Gospel message; and many, having heard the Gospel, have not received Him and believed on His name.
Lots of people know of who Jesus is, but many of them don’t know Him as their personal Saviour. Do you know someone who knows of Jesus, but doesn’t know Him? Pray for them today. Pray that God would work in their heart. Pray that God would give you an opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
“The only unsuccessful Gospel witness is the one not given.” Unknown
Genesis 33-34 | John 17 | Proverbs 17
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