“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” John 1:12
When a child is born, he/she carries the gene passed from the father, which is a link that binds the father and the child together.
This is the reason why traits of the father are also exhibited by the son/daughter. It suffices to say that the son is a replicate of the father since the same gene flows in the father and the son.
Culturally, when a child begin to behave in manners that is completely different from the father, such a child is regarded as a bastard.
From our bible text above: “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” John 1:12
The bible tells us that as many as received him…, which means that it has nothing to do with the receiver’s background, race or tribe. The condition attached is the willingness to accept Him wholeheartedly to forsake one’s old way of life(2Cor5:17) and follow his leading.
We should note that a man can father his son/daughter either by birth or by adoption. The bible says in Rom 8:15 “ 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.” Receiving the Spirit of adoption as stated in this bible verse signifies the fact that one has the full privileges of being a son.
In 1 John 3:9” Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” The bible tells us that whosoever is born of God cannot sin because the “gene” of God is in him/her. He or she will begin to exhibit the nature of God because His seed is inside of him/her.
It is unfortunate that most Christians don’t even know whose son/daughter they are. Some are not sure of their “paternity” because of their lifestyle.
Some Christians are like “bastards” in the sight of God because what they are claiming to be is different from the nature they are exhibiting.
No wonder when Jesus was teaching them in the temple, He told them that they were of their father the devil and the lusts of their father they will do.( John 8:44)
Some Christians profess to be the son/daughter of God but in the reality, they belong to the devil.
My question to you at this point is WHOSE SON(DAUGHTER) ARE YOU?
Are you not denying Him in your attitudes, behaviour and ways of life.
May God help us.