I'm sure you'll remember the story of the birth of John the Baptist. John was still in the womb of his mother Elisabeth when she was saluted by Mary, the mother of Jesus. Upon hearing the salutation of Mary, the baby leaped in Elisabeth's womb (Luke 1). This was when he came into the being that God wanted him to be. He was born by a Word! The Word came through Gabriel to Mary and she conceived saying, "Be it unto me according to thy Word" (Luke 1:38). Then, the Word came from Mary to Elisabeth and the babe in her womb.
This was not the first time God moved on one still in the womb and caused it to come into the being He wanted. And again it was by a Word: The Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah saying: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and ordained you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:4-5. Jeremiah also came into the being that God wanted before coming out of the womb.
John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
This is the John who came into the being that God wanted while still in the womb. "There was" is translated from the Greek word ginomai, which is literally translated as "came into being." Before one is sent from God, he must come into the being that God wants. He must be born of God!
John 1:11-13 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He authority to become the sons of God, even to them that believer 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 (ginomai = became) flesh, and dwelt in us...
The purpose of this coming of the Lord is to cause His people to come into the being that He wants them to be. So, He comes to those who belong to Him but some of them do not receive Him. But to as many as will receive Him, He gives them the authority "to become" what He wants them to be. "To become" here is also translated from the Greek word ginomai. He wants us to become sons of God, to become as He is, not born of blood or of flesh or of the will of man, but of God. There are yet many in the womb of the church that will come into the being that God wants - sons of God.
Copyright © 2012 by Henry DuBose