Reflection on Joh 1:12-13Post date: 2017-10-07
Reflection on Joh 1:12-13
«But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of the man, but of God.»
These words of God, which have been given to us through the Apostle John, are a great treasure for us. It is said that if we have received Jesus by faith and believed that He died for our sins, and moreover, committed our life into His hands and to His will, then according to the right established by God we have become children of God. This truth is also connected with our belief in His name. The name of God is Isus in Greek and Ukrainian, Jesus in English, Jezus in Polish, but the full name in the original language is Yehoshua. This very name reveals that God who created the world and man – the Triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – is my salvation. And the Scripture also says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. God revealed His name to Moses in the wilderness only partly. Yahweh means that God is He who is, who always was, who is the Most High and who is the Creator. The full name of God was only revealed in Jesus. This name has a personal relationship to us and expresses that God is my salvation. The entire Trinity participates in both my and your salvation. The Father gave His Son because He loved you. The Son assumed our human nature through the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin. Because Jesus loved you, too, He took upon Himself your sins and iniquities, that after this short earthly pilgrimage you may obtain eternal life in heavenly glory. The Holy Spirit was present in the work of creation, as Scripture says – the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Jesus accomplished the work of salvation, and the Holy Spirit fulfils the mystery of God’s love and salvation through faith and through the sacraments in the life of everyone who cooperates with Him by the obedience of faith. And moreover, as Scripture says, we are the temple of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit.
So the Word of life confirms that as many as received Jesus and believe in His name – this is the condition – to them He gave the right to become children of God. Ask yourself: Am I a child of God? Whether you understand it or not, whether you feel it or not, if you have received Jesus by faith and believe in His name, you are a child of God. This is the truth revealed by God, and you believe the testimony of God.
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