Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

– John 1:12-13 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

What an amazing promise. Those who surrender to Jesus as the One who brings us back to the Father gain a new identity as a child of God. As a result, we have supernatural rights, a new heritage. My children don’t have to beg for dinner—it is part of being in the family. They have my name and therefore have access to all that our family owns. This is what John is trying to get across to us—it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us His kingdom.

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