Wherever God sends us, He comes alongside us
“He came unto His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood not of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:11-14 (NASB)
People become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, who came to reveal His Father. The Gospel offers relationship with God. The God who created all things by His Word brought the possibility of a new form of existence by that same Word who became flesh. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is an expression of the character of the kind of God who would create a world and continue to care about it. The problems of this world derive from humanity’s lack of faith in its Creator, but salvation comes through faith in that Creator who reveals Himself fully through His Son.
“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, and the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:13-16 (HCSB)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:8-10 (NASB)
Even when we were enemies to God — wicked, lost, hopeless and without strength, dead in trespasses and sin — Christ died for the ungodly. Even though sin brought us under the condemnation of a holy God, through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ we can become children of God, accepted by Him. Through justification, our hearts can be made pure, filled with peace, joy unspeakable and full of glory.
I have peace because there is none to accuse. I have joy because there is none to condemn. I have hope because there is nothing that can separate me from the love of God. I am His, He bought me, He paid the purchase price of my redemption. He justified me through the shed blood of the spotless Lamb. I am His and He is mine — forever and forever.
“And He was saying, ‘That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.'” Mark 7:20 (NASB)
The Greek word translated “defiles” means “to make common.” That is, to reduce to the same condition as the rest of mankind. Believers are not to be as other men are. This is not a holier-than-thou attitude or spirit. It is a Bible fact, because believers belong to the family of God, while unbelievers belong to the family of the devil, and certainly these two families do not have anything in common. They are as different as daylight is from midnight.
Any respectable father wants his children to be honest, upright, clean and pure. How much more does God want His children to be respectable because we bear the name of Christ. We belong to God, the Father of our Savior Jesus Christ. We are children of God through the miracle of the new birth made possible through the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God. Therefore God does not want His children to sin (1 John 1:2). He wants us to be living examples of faith.