Born of God

2561252071_0af988f93f_z“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”
-1 John 5:18

At first glance this passage stretches the mind. Who are the subjects of anyone born of God, the one who was born of God, and him? I think the best way to answer that is: me, Jesus, and me. We have all been born of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we confess Jesus is Lord. This gives new life directed by the Spirit. Are we sinless? No. But when we do sin the Spirit convicts us in our hearts and we turn to God in repentance. We stop and do not continue to sin. Then we look to Jesus our Savior and He forgives.

The one who was born of God is separate from us and that is Jesus. He was born the Son of God and the Son of Mary. He was never born again because He was and always is the eternal Son of God. The Spirit came upon Jesus at His Baptism and God the Father spoke from heaven and called Him his beloved Son yet He was always that even as he was born. Angels, and Wise men and Shepherds proclaimed this truth.

Jesus then promises to be with us always and that we have nothing to fear from the evil one. This reminds me of the last verse of the Lord’s Prayer. It can be translated “deliver us from evil” or “deliver us from the evil one.” We have nothing to fear from the evil one because Jesus has conquered him. We are a people blessed in ways that we do not always understand, but remember, Jesus stands next to you and me.

Pastor Dave

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