The power to become children of God

I was reading through the gospel of John for class (#seminarianlife) and I came across this line in John 1:12…

12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

The focus of the text here is crucial…

Power isn’t about BEING or BECOMING God (or even GOD-LIKE)…

Human power is to BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD. 

Our power isn’t found in our active individualistic human will of blood and flesh…

Turns out, in the Johannine sense anyway, human power isn’t an active thing. It’s an utterly passive one. 

God, the Logos, is what animates and moves us.

But the human mind can’t see this. We see this power coming from our flesh, but it doesn’t. Flesh and blood is rotting material. Something is living us but our minds are wired to not be able to see it. 

This is where faith comes in… 

We can’t believe this or even conceptualize it in a practical sense from our human perspective.

From the egoic sense, we are the source and center of life. This is the nature of sin - failing to see that every iota of life itself is a divine gift, not a right. 

We have to know that it is so
without being certain that it is so. 

Lord, help my faith.

Amen.

Grace & Godspeed,
Jonas