“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 man, but of God.” – John 1:12, 13.
He gave us the right to become children of God because we have believed on and received Him as the Son of God, Who could give us life, eternal life. He birthed us into His family.
Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” ~ John 10:14-30.
Jesus, The Good Shepherd, is now in our midst. He is with us because He knows us, His sheep. We surround Him because we know Him as our own. We hear His voice. He knows us, and so we follow Him, our True Shepherd. He gives us eternal life. He promises that we “shall never perish”; “neither shall anyone snatch” us out of His hand.
The Father has given us to Him. The Father is greater than all. Hence, no one is able to snatch us out of the Father’s hand. Jesus and the Father are one in intent and purpose. They are one. Since we are His, we have surrendered our will to Him. Now, we are subject to Him and do His will. He is our Father and we are His children. Thus we are family; in His household.
Jesus said: For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” ~ Matthew 12:50.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” ~ John 6:38, 40.
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. ~ Ephesians 2:19.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:15, 16.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6.
For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, Hebrews 2:11.
Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters. For this reason we count Him worthy of great respect and adoration. To us He is more than just a brother or friend. He is our Lord and Savior, Redeemer and God.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” – Titus 2:11-14.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.