THE CHILDREN OF GOD

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Everyone is born into the kingdom of nature by a natural birth—of and from the womb. Those who become Christians are born into the kingdom of God by a spiritual birth—of and from water and the Spirit (John 3:5). At the last day, those who are faithful, having been born a spiritual birth will be born of and from the grave into the eternal glory of heaven.

BORN OF GOD

The expression “born of God” is used throughout the letter of 1 John:

• Those born of God will not continue to live a life of sin (1 John 2:29; 3:9; 5:18).

• Those who love as God loves will know God and are born of him—for God is love (1 John 4:7).

• Those who by faith and baptism are born of God will be saved (1 John 5:1; Gal. 3:26-27).

• Those who are born of God overcome the world by their faith (1 John 5:4). Continue reading “THE CHILDREN OF GOD”

SHINE LIKE STARS

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Scripture says that the things that happened during the Old Testament economy were examples for God’s people today (1 Corinthians 10:6). Then the author gave an example of conduct that displeased God and which he punished severely:

“And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel” (1 Corinthians 10:10).

This is a reference to the grumbling of the Israelites against Moses and Aaron. On this occasion 14,700 people died from the plague (Numbers 16:41, 49). Continue reading “SHINE LIKE STARS”