“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
God manifested in the flesh and came to die on Calvary’s Cross to redeem whosoever will believe. His Name is Jesus and He IS the Living Word. In Italian, the name Jesus is spelled “Gesu”, in Chinese His name is spelled “Yesu” and in Hebrew the name Jesus is “Yeshua“. Just because a name is spoken in a different language does not mean that the object of the name has changed. Sadly, too many get caught up on the “name” of the object and never know the Object, namely Jesus Christ, the Word Who was made flesh and dwelt among us.
“12 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:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of Grace and Truth.” John 1:12-14
Jesus came to earth full of Grace and Truth yet many did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave POWER to become the sons of God.
“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the Children of God:” Romans 8:16.
The world, who has not received Jesus, are not the Children of God. How often do we hear “we are all God’s Children”? This is simply not so. We are all God’s creation but only those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, has He given them the power to become a Child of God. The unsaved cannot willingly submit unto God. It is through our freewill that we choose to believe in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer, that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to bear witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God.
The human heart is made up of the soul and the spirit. Our soul feels and our spirit knows. The world can appeal to our soul, the lusts of our flesh which are driven by emotions continually seek but never find the “knowing”…the “knowing” of the witness of the Holy Spirit that only comes by faith in the Son of God.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Until we choose to believe, we will never know. We may have an intellectual knowledge of the Word of God. We may indeed know that His Hebrew name is “Yeshua”, or His Italian name is “Gesu”…but until we know HIM, the Source of our Salvation, we don’t know in Whom we have believed.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 1 Timothy 1:2
-Donna Clark Warren