But those who did welcome Him, those who believed in His name, He authorized to become God’s children, born not from blood nor from human desire or passion, but born from God. (John 1:12-13, CEB)
This verse is part of John’s discussion of the acceptance of the Word made flesh (Jesus). Not all were accepting of the man-God in his time — in fact, we find in these and preceding passages that He was being shut out by the majority of his people. He was acknowledged by a few, however, and He regenerated them with his own strength and power — and giving them the rights associated with being children of the Father.
I have undertaken a journey to move from relying on temporal things being a determinant of #WhoIAm to relying on God’s promises. Thus, my expectation is that #WhoIAm will become fully a function of Whose I am — and I am His — a child with full expectations for unconditional love and support, and sharing in the rights and benefits inherent in his promises.
I have His Word, in writing:
I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:18)
Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces. (2 Peter 1:4)
God never promised a life without pain,
Laughter without tears; or sun without rain.
But He did promise strength for the day,
Comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
For those who believe in His Heaven above;
He rewards their faith with His everlasting love. (Author Unknown)
In addition to his uncompromising love and support, as a child of God — I am an heir, with standing to inherit.
Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if you are his child, then you are also an heir through God. (Galatians 4:6-7)
in my temple and courts, I will give them a monument and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give to them an enduring name that won’t be removed. (Isaiah 56:5, CEB)
The path and the end-result are the same no matter who we are, what we have done, or where we come from. Through faith and trust in the Divine Truth.
How?: through the Son and the Spirit — You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26); and All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. (Romans 8:14)