Today we’re moving to the book of John. — This is what God gave me today in His word:
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:11-13)
Notice the clarifies John makes here, when referring to the Christians new birth. He says, “not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man” This is key, as it tells us something not many people seem to understand: you simply can’t be born again, as a child of God and not of man, through the flesh. Wanting to become a child of God, and becoming one, are two very different matters; no matter how much man “wills” to become born again, action is still needed… But, what action? What do we need to do to supplement what Jesus did?
That’s the exact type of question (i.e. what do we need to do to supplement what Jesus did?) John is addressing here. All we need to do, according to John, is receive Jesus. We do this, by believing in Him. Our flesh wills to work for our salvation, yet working for our salvation won’t do anything for us. However, with that said, Christians do indeed have a new nature. A nature which should desire to show its belief by its action. James tells us that faith without works is dead; so, in fact, true Christians will always try to do something for Christ. We could even go so far as to say that if someone isn’t doing something for Christ, they don’t actually have faith, and are merely professing Christians. As Jesus Himself said:
15 (F)“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are (G)ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them (H)by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, (I)every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. (Matthew 7:15-17)
The point being this: we aren’t born again by our flesh’s will to do something for salvation, but by simply believing in Jesus’ name; by receiving Him. However, as a result of our salvation, we should be doing whatever we can to further the cause of the Gospel.
You are Loved!