John: Apostle of Jesus Christ
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. —1 John 3:1 NIV
The Apostle John opens his letter with a bold proclamation. The Heavenly Father of Jesus Christ has poured out such great love upon those have placed their faith in his only Son that the Creator of the universe now calls them his children! And even more than that, this is now a permanent place for all believers in the family of God!
It is easy to think of God as a stern judge, an angry and vengeful Deity, or perhaps as an absent Creator who has left us here in this fallen and messed up world to fend for ourselves. If you feel this way you are not alone. Consider the frustration expressed toward God in Psalm 89:46 – NIV;
“How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?”
John goes on to say that the world does not accept or understand believers in Jesus Christ because when he entered this fallen world as the Son of God, it was his own leaders that condemned Jesus to die on a cross. Even though he performed countless miracles of healing, and even raised the dead, Jesus was never accepted as the Son of God by most of the people while on earth. Yet it was the death of the sinless and perfect One from Heaven that paid the price for sin on our behalf so that you and I can be accepted as children in the family of God!
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