|John 1:12-13 |
12 But to all as have received him, those who believe in His name, He has given the right to become sons of God,7 [When you receive the Light and Word in your heart as Jesus speaking to you and revealing the things of God to you, you have received Him and identified Him as Jesus. From the Word of the Lord within: "When you are sure that he who is speaking to you is Christ, you have received Him. You are a son when Jesus appears in your heart to guide you."]
13 Children born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
7 But to all as have received him, those who believe in His name, He has given the right to become sons of God. This verse is popularly translated as: But to all as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, "even" to those who believe in His name. The word "even" is not in the Greek text, nor is it even hinted at, and most translations leave it out or note is as having been added for understanding; but it was added by translators without understanding from the Holy Spirit, only having their Babylonish doctrines to guide them.
Taking the word " even" out of this verse, it becomes: But as many as received Him, those who believe in His name, He gave the power to become sons of God. According to George Fox, this is not an either/or statement. This is a critical distinction, which says: believing in His name, as we normally define to mean believing that Jesus is the Son of God, is not believing in his name as Fox has described; and it clearly is not enough to have the power or right to become a Son of God. You must have received Him, which those who believe in His name do. The phrase those who believe in His name is an appositive phrase to all as have received him. George Fox writes that we must first see the mediator and the covenant before we have the power or right to become a Son of God:
Is not the word, Christ, the author of faith, by which all things were made and created? Is not that the powerful word of faith? Is not he the author of it? The faith that comes from him gives victory over the world. Is not the son of God Him whom the Father has sealed, ‘that enlightens every man that comes into the world?’ And ‘whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life,’ and are sealed. So every man in the light shall see the new covenant, and the mediator, before he has power to become the son of God; and there is prophecy before the son is born, and openings from the Lord, and those are things of God.
So you must wait on God before you will see the covenant and mediator, (both being Christ the light and word in you), before you have the power to become a son of God; and then you must have many more revelations before a son is born. Your waiting is looked upon very favorably by God, as heard from the Word of the Lord within: "Without our promises the soul is grieved; with them the soul settles down to a vigilant tribute to the Lord." The Lord is telling us, that by daily waiting on, listening for, and watching for him, you are showing your respect and admiration for Him.
Left open is the question: what does "believe in His name" mean. We have already seen that it is not "believing that Jesus is the Son of God," as Christianity would like to believe, along with believing they are automatically a son of God. Fox writes that when the light and word is revealed to you as Jesus, the son of God, and you believe the light to be named Jesus, you have both received Him and you have identified the light and word to be named Jesus: you have believed in His name. Then you have the right or power to become a son of God, but not immediately be a son of God. To receive Jesus is to hear him speak words and see what he reveals from within your heart and to believe that he who is speaking to you and revealing by his light is the Son of God, Jesus. The word (Jesus) is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it]; that is, the word of faith, which we preach. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God [from within your heart], Rom 10:8,17, Deu 30:10-14. He is the true light given to every man to believe and that enlightens every man that comes into the world. John 1:7,9. Jesus, the light and word, was always there with you from the day you were born; but you had not "received" him, like you receive someone into your home with a welcome and with attention. Now, after you hear Him, after you see what He is revealing to you, sometimes after you see events come true that He has shown you before; but as He is always kind, truthful, merciful, humble, steady, unemotional, serious, easy to accept; so you are thrilled, instilled with hope, happy, relieved, and thankful, as you receive Him with welcome, attention, and thanks, acknowledging him to be Jesus, the Son of God in your heart speaking to you!
So we go to Him and listen for His voice and watch for what He shows us about ourselves and what is in our heart.
If you love the Light and Word as Christ, you obey and repent from anything evil shown to you; and you are changed for the better.
Loving the Light as Jesus that shows you your condition, and the Word that commands you, you are acknowledging this Teacher within you as Christ.
From the Word of the Lord within: "When you are sure that he who is speaking to you is Christ, you have received Him."
When we have "received" the Light and acknowledged the Light to be Christ, we believe in the Light as Jesus commanded us to believe.
Just like when Christ asked Peter, "whom do you say I am," and Peter replied: 'You are Christ, the Son of the Living God.'
Christ then said: Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but by my Father who is in heaven.
And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Mat 16:15-8
— the rock solid understanding that he who speaks to you is the Son of God, which the gates of Hell cannot prevail against.
Now look what Jesus further says about how rock solid applies to us:
For everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like:
He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep and laid the foundation securely upon a rock;
and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it
because it was founded on a rock. Luke 6:47-48
He builds his Church on a rock solid foundation. He builds himself in you on a rock solid foundation.
When you believe it is Jesus speaking to you and revealing by his light, and demonstrate your belief by obedience, you have identified the speaker as Christ — just like Peter did in the physical realm, except your identification of Christ is in the spiritual realm within your heart.
Paul said: According to the grace of God that has been given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let every man take heed how he builds upon the foundation. 1 Cor 3:10
The correct foundation is very important and key to your potential growth. Your foundation must come from Christ himself, not reading the Bible, not someone preaching to you, (unless they are like Paul who spoke words only from the Spirit), not what someone tells you. For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8