Children of God (1 of 4)

John 1:10‭-‬13 KJV
He was in the world,
and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.

The Word was now in the world. God had made the world through him. But the people in the world did not know who he was. He came to the place that was his own. But his own people did not accept him. But some people did accept him. They did believe in him. He gave authority to those people to become God’s children. They did not become God’s children in the usual human way. They were not born because of what any people wanted. They were not born because of what any man decided. No! They were born from God.

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He was in the world,
The person of the Word was made manifest even at that time when the world was made.
“The world,” in the first two clauses, plainly means the created world, into which He came, says John 1:9 ; “in it He was,” says this verse.
By His Incarnation, He became an inhabitant of it, and bound up with it.

The world was made by him,
(John 1:3-5).

The world knew him not.
“The world that knew Him not” ( 1 John 3:1 ) is of course the intelligent world of mankind.

Like many people today, the people in those days had knowledge of God, and knowledge about God, but they didn’t know God.
Taking the first two clauses as one statement, we try to apprehend it by thinking
• of the infant Christ conceived in the womb and born in the arms of His own creature,
• and of the Man Christ Jesus breathing His own air, treading His own ground, supported by substances to which He Himself gave being, and the Creator of the very men whom He came to save.

The great Maker, Ruler, and Redeemer of the world was in it, and few or none of the inhabitants of the world were aware of it. The ox knows his owner, but the more brutish world did not.

• They did not bid Him welcome, because they did not know Him; 
• and they did not know him because he did not make himself known in the way that they expected — in external glory and majesty.

To be continued

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