John 1:12,13 – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John seems to be rushing to the very point of his gospel in the opening lines, and why not; the unthinkable has become our privilege. We who were rascals, scalawags, liars, thieves, and worse are now called sons and daughters. John unveiled the greatness of the Eternal Son and then immediately talks about why He became man; He came to make us sons. John also begins to go beyond all of the other gospels in these opening verses, he says that as many as receive Him, John was describing the new birth. Receiving Christ, not performance or sacrifice or an intricate belief system but simply receiving Christ. This was the stumbling stone that caused much of the Jewish world to reject Him. He came for all, anyone could receive Christ. Here is how one of our Puritan fathers, Matthew Henry describes the privilege of adoption.
“The privilege of adoption, which takes them into the number of God’s children: To them gave he power to become the sons of God. Hitherto, the adoption pertained to the Jews only but now, by faith in Christ, Gentiles are the children of God. They have power, exousian—authority; for no man taketh this power to himself, but he who is authorized by the gospel charter. To them gave he a right; to them gave he this pre-eminence. This power have all the saints.It is the unspeakable privilege of all good Christians, that they are become the children of God. They were by nature children of wrath, children of this world. If they be the children of God, they become so, are made—Persons are not born Christians, but made such.—Tertullian. Behold what manner of love is this, 1 John iii. 1. God calls them his children, they call him Father, and are entitled to all the privileges of children, those of their way and those of their home.”
This is the heart of our Christian faith, this is why Jesus came, He came to make a way for us to become sons. This is a revelation that will change the way you live. Not only do we have privileges as sons, we have access to relationship with our Heavenly Father.