1 John 5:1-5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (4) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (5) Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
I’m convinced that there are many religious people who will pass into eternity lost because of one simple fact: They are not born of God, or Born Again. They have relied on something or someone other than faith, or total reliance upon Jesus as their Savior to earn their “salvation”. There’s a Biblical problem with that: Jesus said, “Ye must be born again”.
Too many people are looking for some relief of guilt, relief of the symptoms of their problem (sin), rather than seeking the cure for sin, the new birth that can only be found in Christ Jesus. This passage of scripture gives us a look at who the new birth is available to, how it can be obtained, and then the evidence that one has been born of God.
Thank God that redemption is freely available to whosoever will receive it. God does not discriminate. Period. Every man, woman, boy, and girl is equally guilty of sin, and every man, woman, boy, and girl is equally invited to receive the new birth and to be freely given eternal life.
This belief is not simply believing that Jesus existed, or even exists today. This is not the same kind of belief as in when someone believes in Santa Claus. No, this belief is Faith. It means to surrender our will to the will of Christ. To completely trust in HIM as our only hope for salvation, because He paid the only acceptable price for our sin: His own blood. His death purchased our pardon, and His resurrection purchased our eternal life. This childlike faith trusts completely in Jesus, and surrenders to the changes that God wants to make in us to make us clean by giving us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
There are some characteristics of someone who has been born again that serve to prove to us that we are God’s children. The presence of these characteristics following our conversion is proof that we are born of God. They are our birthmarks.
Love For God And His People
“every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.”
When we are born of God, we are filled with His Spirit, who places in us an overwhelming love for God AND for the people of God. We love God, we love the things of God, we love the things God loves, including His people, His church, His ways, His word. Our love transfers from the things of the world to heavenly things.
We also love God’s people. We don’t attack and tear down God’s people. We love them enough to forgive them, restore them, and to help them through troubles. We pray for them instead of talk about them. We sacrifice for their good. We provide for their welfare. We love in deed, and not just in word.
Longing to Serve God
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
Those born of God have a desire to please God. We want to keep God’s law because our wants change. Our desires become Spiritual more than natural. We honestly want with our whole hearts to do the things that we know will please our Father. We don’t see service to Christ as a duty, but a privilege, and an honor.
Those born of God overcome the world. They don’t fall back into the world, never to return to the fold. Those who fall away and don’t get back into the church, but remain in the world with no conviction or chastisement are simply not God’s children. Those who are born of God WILL persevere. They will fall, but they will also get up. They may stray, but they will get back on the right course. They may get weak, but they will regain their strength. Their faith is true faith, and they will overcome.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
So, my question for you, friend, is this: Are you born of God?