Monday, 15 September 2014 13:19
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Ephesians 1:7, the Holy Bible).
HAVE YOU BEEN “BORN OF GOD”? There is a new doctrine being espoused by a group calling itself “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo” (or Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ), a Christian church that recently sprang from the Philippines but which claims its roots not just from the New Testament of the Bible but also from its Old Testament (particularly Genesis 6 and Isaiah 46).
The doctrine says man must be “born of God” not only to merit eternal salvation but also to be empowered in his life here on earth, to accomplish God’s end-time purposes chiefly found under Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Jude 23 and Proverbs 24:11-12. Being born of God means a spiritual birth (not “re-birth” as some believers are saying), which comes about by obeying the process laid down by the Bible in its John 1:12-13.
How does one become “born of God”? One becomes “born of God” by accepting and having faith in Jesus as God and Savior with full understanding and comprehension. Where can we find the Biblical bases of this “born of God” doctrine? As the “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo” (AND KNK) Church clarifies, this doctrine is established principally by John 1:1-14, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:2 and 6, and Matthew 1:18-25.
BIBLICAL BASES FOR BEING A “CHILD OF GOD”: The explanation by AND KNK for this doctrine is simple. If anyone wants to have his eternal life in Paradise, in the presence of God, and to be blessed and empowered to be successful and prosperous while he is still here on earth, he has to be “born of God”. If a man is “born of God”, he becomes, by virtue of John 1:12-13, a “child of God”.
One becomes a “child of God” by accepting and having faith in Jesus as God and Savior (John 1:12), and his status as a “child of God” is given to him not by virtue of any human desire or act of the flesh, but is given when he is “born of God” (John 1:13). Now, what must a person intelligently accept and have faith on, in Jesus, so he can be “born of God” and therefore become a “child of God”?
That, Jesus is God and Savior, as John 1:1-14, Isaiah 7:14, 9:2 and 6, and Matthew 1:18-25 of the Bible all state. John 1:14 says “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. Who, or perhaps, what, is “the Word that became flesh”? It is God himself, because, according to John 1:1, “the Word is God”.
JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR: God’s coming in flesh to this world was prophesied to happen in Isaiah 7:14, 9:2 and 6. It is there written that “a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son.” Who, or perhaps, what, is this “son” which the virgin will conceive and give birth to? That son is not a human being, but is the light (Isaiah 9:2), and who is actually the “Almighty God and Everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6).
This prophecy was fulfilled subsequently, as the New Testament of the Bible clearly proves. In John 1:1-14, we are told that God Himself came down and lived among His people on earth, that he was the Word which created and gave life to all things, that he was the light that came to His own, but was not accepted by them.
In Matthew 1:18-25, it is written there that the prophecy about the virgin giving birth found fulfillment in Mary, with the baby she conceived and has given birth to being named “Jesus”, which meant “the savior of His people”. If a person understands all these, and believes them, and places His faith on them, accepting and having faith on Jesus as God and Savior, he becomes “a child of God” because he is “born of God”, empowered, and saved for eternity.
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