Power to Become
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Yahweh,” John 1:12-13.
There is nothing strange or new about the above scriptures, at least not now there isn’t. But when these beautiful words were first pinned, there was. Not only was the concept strange and new, but a man laid his life on the line to utter them publicly.
When our Savior announced that he was the son of Yahweh, he upset the religious multitudes of his day. This was the one accusation made against him at his trial that cinched his cross experience.
“The Jews answered him (Pilate), We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of Yahweh,” John 19:7.
“But Yasha held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you be the Christ, the Son of Yahweh. Yasha said unto him, You have said: nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, he has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy. What think you? They answered and said, he is guilty of death,” Matthew 26:63-66.
We live in a free country where we are not persecuted for saying we are the “born from above sons of Yahweh.” We can say we are, but the question is, Do we really believe we are?
John was convinced that the believers were the sons of Yahweh: “Beloved, now are we the sons of Yahweh and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law,” I John 3:2-4.
Paul believed and participated in sonship: “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh” (Rom. 8:16), “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed (passing) away; behold, all things are become (becoming) new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Reread these potent words again; think about them for a moment. Do we truly believe that we, as the new creation, are the born from above sons of the Creator?
Do we judge ourselves as a higher creation than our unconverted neighbor? We should. But if we have turned from the teaching of Christ and swallowed the New Age concept, we will not believe we are. The doctrine of Christ throughout the New Covenant tells us we are above the created order and we have been translated into the Heavenly realm: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his,” Romans 8:9. Surely these words must have some meaning. Even though we surely agree that all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord, the called according to his purpose, if one does not love the Lord, he need not attempt to claim this promise. If he is not yielded to his purpose, he is not included in this statement.
We should be able to understand that every carnal deed we do is not pleasing to the Father nor is it initiated by his hand. Yet, he uses our backsliding to correct us.
I remember as a child, Dad sometimes gathered us children around his feet and played the banjo and sang to us. But Dad had a leather razor-strap that wasn’t restricted to the use of sharpening razors. If anyone had questioned him concerning the second use of the strap, he would have been quick to explain that he was working that dreaded old strap for our good. And so it was, Dad was not too dedicated to church going, but somehow he had found the scriptures that said, “For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. If ye endure chastening, Yahweh deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons (please notice that the word “bastards” here refers to stubborn Christians that will not allow themselves to be corrected and has absolutely nothing to do with people who were born out of wedlock). Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us (amen), and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord,” Hebrews 12:6-14.
I was moved by the love I felt coming through the banjo strings and by Dad’s singing; I understood that, but at that time I did not understand the language of the strap. But I thank Yahweh that Dad did not allow me to grow up uncorrected and unprepared for the difficulties of life.
Children of Yahweh, what does this expression really mean? Have we become passive and unmoved by the glorious gospel message, a message that multitudes have given their life to preserve? Please reread the above scriptures and carefully observe that the Christian can be out of the will of the Father. This statement clearly states that all Christians, at some time through their growing experience, must be corrected. Well then! It must be telling me that some of the good things that happened to me along the road didn’t feel too good when the Father was administering his precious love to me. It is permissible to say that it happened. I initiated his actions while I was guided by my own blind and stubborn will.
Maybe this is why some of the churches today do not, in the smallest measure, resemble the early Church. According to the book of Acts, the disciples in the early Church not only believed that they, as the sons of Yahweh, were a new creation, they raised the dead, talked to angels, healed multitudes and were accused of turning the world upside down.
There are an enormous number of confessed Christians on earth today. We have no way of knowing how many Christians are in churches that do not keep count of their membership, but counting those that do, the 1995 World Almanac numbered us at 1,869,751,000. What are we doing? Has anyone noticed we’re here?
According to Matthew 5:14-15, “You (we) are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.”
A city set on a hill? What is the name of the basket that is covering our light? How much difference should 250,150,000 Christians make in North America alone? The name of our God is forbidden to be used in many of the congregations, and he is outlawed from the American schools. We are a Christian nation, aren’t we?
The Messiah proclaimed his sonship and birthright but at the same time confessed his humanity. On many occasions he connected himself to mankind by using the term ‘son of man.’ This was not a title nor was it an epithet isolated to the Savior alone; this was a declaration of relationship. “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto you,” Hebrews 2:10-12.
The son came to mankind as a man to introduce the Father. He said, in affect, I am in my Father and he is in me, I am in his image, and I am an expression of the invisible Spirit. But you can become what I am. If you will believe my creative words, they will transform you into the image of my Father.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh , even to them that believe on his name, (John 1:12)” The word “power” in this scripture does not denote strength, it speaks of privilege. There is no strength required on our part. We need not say we are too weak; we have been given the privilege of becoming sons. Please note the term “power to become the sons of Yahweh” definitely indicates that a process or action is required by the individual before he/she can become a bona-fide child of Yahweh.
Certainly we are Yahweh’s creation, the material earth substance, the vegetation, beast, the elements and heavenly bodies are all of this creation, but they are not his begotten children. I have always belonged to the created order of the Creator, but I became his begotten child by the creative word when I was born from above.
“Yasha answered and said, Truly, truly I say to you, except one receive birth of water and Spirit he is not able to enter into the Kingdom of Yahweh. That receiving birth from the flesh, flesh is, and that receiving birth from the Spirit, spirit is. Do not wonder because I told you, you must receive birth from above. The Spirit where it desires breathes, and the voice of him you hear, but not you know from where He comes and where he goes; so is everyone having received birth from the Spirit,” John 3:5-8 of The Interlinear Translation.
Our Savior clearly taught that this Spirit birth was necessary in order to enter the Kingdom. It is commonly taught that we remain in this state of transition or vanity until we fly away to walk the streets of gold on another planet, but Paul clearly stated that the believers have already been translated into that Kingdom: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son,” Colossians 1:12-13.
By believing and obeying the words of Yasha, we experience a new birth. Not only do we enter into a new Spirit family, but we also leave our old humanity behind. Can we believe the written word?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy), I say unto you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house,” Mark 2:9-11.
Do we, as believers, have kingdom rights and kingdom power like this? Paul thought so, “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know you not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” 1 Corinthians 6:1-3.
James, in his admonition to the Church, bears witness to the same truth: “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit,” James 5:14-18.
Why should we stagger at this statement? Adam (mankind) was created to become a king and was given the command to take dominion. The word “Adam” was not a proper noun. There were no capital letters in the Hebrew. The word “Adam” is the English spelling of the Hebrew word for “human being.” This word is found in the Hebrew text over five hundred times. It was transliterated Adam thirty-one times and translated man every other time. We find the word “man” written twice in Psalm 8:4-6, “What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.”
A literal translation of these verses reads, “What is enowsh (mortal) that you remember him, and the son of adam that you visit him and you have made him lack a little from Elohiym (gods, plural). You have crowned him with glory and honor, made him to rule over all the works of your hands.”
In Romans16-23, Paul says, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit (that is), the redemption of our body.”
Please notice; this does not speak of the manifestation of Yahweh, rather this verse speaks of the manifestation of the “sons” of Yahweh, indicating that they had not, at the time Paul was writing, been manifest. I seriously doubt that they yet have been, as nothing has, as yet, been revealed that has brought deliverance to the groaning creation.
Paul indicates that man’s time of vanity is temporal, but our destiny is sonship. David tells us in the 8th Psalm that the mortal has been temporally made a little lower than Elohiym. The writer of Hebrews picks up on the same scripture to show the rulership of adam (human beings) is still in the future.
Quoting Psalm 8:4-5 as it is quoted in Hebrews 2:6-9: “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man (mortal), that you are mindful of him? or the son of man (adam), that you visited him? You made him a little lower than the angels (Elohiym); you crowned him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Yasha, who was made a little lower than the angels (Elohiym) for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man.”
In as much as this is a quote from the Old Testament Psalm, we must stick with the original meaning. Even though the translators have changed the original word “Elohiym” to mean angels in the above scripture, it is obvious that it would carry the same meaning in a quote that it conveyed in its originality. It must be acknowledged that we who believe may enter into the same glory as the son inherited.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh they are the sons of Yahweh. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh: and if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Romans 8:14-18.
We can believe for the coming glory, but the question is, When do we receive it? Christ believed it was present for the believers almost two thousand years ago. “Yasha said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again. Yasha said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believeth in me shall never die. Believe you this?” Martha did not believe the words He spoke to her, not then and not after he raised her brother. She gave an indirect answer. “She said unto him, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of Yahweh, which should come into the world,” John 11:23-27.
Like Martha, the Church of today believes he was the Messiah, the Son of Yahweh, but the Church does not believe that he is the “Resurrection.” The Church, as a whole, does not believe that faith can rob the grave, but both Christ and Paul taught that death was to be swallowed up in victory. So we do have the power to become the sons of Yahweh with all the glory and honor that comes with it.