(We’re Legal And Vital Children Of God)
TO THE BIBLE – 1 John 3:1
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”
The Christian is the legal and vital child of God—a bona fide child of God. In 1 Corinthians 6:20, the Apostle Paul declared, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” That’s the legal aspect of redemption: you’re bought with a price. And now, God has brought us to live in His class of being, and has poured Himself into us, thereby making our physical bodies His tabernacle of witness; His living temple: “…Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). This is the vital aspect. The legal aspect made the vital experience of the God-life possible!
Some still think that what we have is just a legal righteousness, no; we have a vital righteousness. God has given us His righteousness, and now, you have the ability to stand in His presence without guilt, condemnation, or inferiority. In 1 John 3:1-2 KJV, the Apostle John cried out: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God….” This isn’t a promise, neither is it a prophecy. It’s a declaration of reality, a present-hour truth.
The vital aspect of our sonship is that when you were born again, you were born of the Spirit of God (1 Peter 1:23). Now, you have the life of God in you; you have ceased to be an ordinary person; you live a supernatural life. In 1 John 3:1, the Apostle John carefully chose the word, “teknon,” to explain that we’re vital sons of God; we’re born of Him NOW, not someday, or when we get to heaven, but now! It happened immediately you were born again. Glory!
1 John 3:1-2 CEV; John 1:12-13
Dear Father, thank you for the legal aspect of redemption which made the vital experience of eternal life possible. You’ve made me a partaker of the divine nature, an associate of the God-kind. I’m full of life, and I live victoriously to your glory and praise, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 4:14-44, Deuteronomy 22-24
Matthew 24:45-51, Exodus 31
Meditate on Galatians 4:6.
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