The children of God
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1, NIV.
In Greek, these words speak of kind of love that is strange and unbelievable for the fallen humankind. The humankind became God’s enemy, by sinning in the garden of Eden. We joined the God’s enemy, the Satan, in rebellion against God. However, God loved us so much that He spared nothing to restore us to Him in Jesus Christ. That God would do so much for His enemies, the sinners, is beyond belief and incomprehensible for fallen humans.
Those who do not share, or do not participate, in Christ neither know Him nor the Father and, therefore, they cannot understand the God’s selfless love. The “agape,” as it is called in the Bible, is strange and is out of place for the lovers of self. Those who first and foremost love themselves do not know God, that is why they do not understand the God’s love. They do not know God because they do not share in Christ. Accordingly, they misunderstand and misrepresent Christ by sowing doubt in the minds of believers concerning the God’s love for us. John, therefore, cautions the believers to be on guard against those who behave as antichrists.
The yielded believers are in Christ; therefore, they not only understand the God’s selfless love, but they also project it to the self-loving world. The anointing we have received teaches us that God not only made us His children, but He also has much more in store for us in eternity. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” 1 John 3:2, 3, NIV.
Why should we love God and one another? Read the next blog.