September 28, 2011
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
This is the Strong’s Greek Concordance Number: 5043
Phonetic Spelling: (tek’-non)
Definition: anyone living in full dependence on the heavenly Father, i.e. fully (willingly) relying upon the Lord in glad submission.
In this particular scripture the word children means anyone living in full dependence on the heavenly Father, i.e. fully (willingly) relying upon the Lord in glad submission.
It has often been said that the kingdom of God is backwards to the world. In God’s kingdom you give to receive where the world takes and holds onto, to have. And this is only one of many comparisons.
The scripture above is another such precept. When we receive Christ we are usually strong and mentally self-sufficient. Even in the Jewish culture the age of 12 or 13 is considered the beginning of adulthood for spiritual purposes. It is the point where we can take accountability for our decisions.
We’ve grown from a baby that is totally dependent on our parents to provide us with everything, to someone seemingly self-sufficient. But it is at this point that we must make the choice to reverse the process and transition into someone who is willingly living in full dependence on the heavenly Father.
It doesn’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process, a releasing of control over our own lives. But with time and persistence, we will grow in reverse and become totally dependent on the Father and then we can rightfully be called His children. The quicker the surrender, the quicker the transition. Are you willingly living in full dependence on the heavenly Father?
I’ve listed the other key words below in the above scripture and just below I’ve inserted their true definition into the scripture in parenthesis. On Friday in my blog I’ll talk more about this scripture and expound using these definitions. When I read this scripture this way, all I can say is ‘absolutely beautiful’.
But as many as (actively take hold of) Him, to them He gave the (authority) to (transition into) (a child living in full dependence) on God, even to those who (believe in a way that leads to and proceeds from God’s inbirthing of faith) in (the manifestation or revelation of Jesus’ character).