I JOHN 5:1

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“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves, the Father loves the child born of Him.” 

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I find this fascinating.  This is written by John, the young beloved apostle to whom Jesus charged to take care of His mother.  Did she relate who the father was in her teenage unmarried pregnancy?  It was in fact God Himself.  Jesus the Christ is born of God.  In fact, “the Father loves the child born of Him.”   Indeed, whoever loves shares His love.  Mary also probably described the divine birth in the stable, the manger, the shepherds, then the star, the Wise Men.  But it is more.  The verse is a picture of God as the Father who loves all those born of Him in new birth.

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Adam Clarke said, “‘Whosoever believeth’ Expressions of this kind are to be taken in connection with the subjects necessarily implied in them.  He that believeth that Jesus is the Messiah, and confides in Him for the remission of sins, is begotten of God; and they who are pardoned and begotten of God, love Him in return for His love, and love all those who are His children.”

Just as Mary could describe when Jesus was born, so can we born of God know when we became His child.  Even in adoption, a new birth certificate is made out to prove to whom the child now belongs.  

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One last thing, I love the “WHOEVER BELIEVES,” or in the King James, “WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH.”  This is a special wording that shows it is an open invitation to all who desire to become His child.  Just believe in God’s Son.  The WHOSOEVERS of the world refutes the opinion that Christians can only be Christians because they are one of the Elect, a select society that none can enter by choice while the rest go to hell.  It is also repeated in the apostle’s John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES or WHOSOEVER BELIEVITH, shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  This is free will as opposed to being one of the Elect.  Praise God, I am a whosoever.  Are you?

 

 

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