“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own,
and his own received him not. 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 1:10-12)

He was in the world. It was incredible grace that the Lord of life and glory would ever come to live on this
tiny planet. It would not be newsworthy to say of anyone else, “He was in the world.” That is something
over which man has no control. But for Him, it was a deliberate choice, an act of wonderful compassion.

and the world was made by Him. The wonder increases! The One who was in the world is the One who
made the world. He who fills the universe compressed Himself into the body of a baby, a youth, a man, and
in that body dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead.

and the world knew him not. This was a case of inexcusable ignorance. The creatures should have
recognized their Creator. Sinners should have been struck by His sinlessness. They should have known by
His words and works that He was more than just a man.

He came unto his own. Everything in the world belonged to Him. As Creator, He had inalienable rights to it
all. He did not trespass on someone else’s property.

and his own received him not. Here was the ultimate insult. The Jewish people rejected Him. He had all the
credentials of the Messiah, but they didn’t want Him to rule over them.

But as many as received him. An unrestricted invitation goes out. It is for Jews and Gentiles alike. The sole
condition is that they must receive Him.

to them gave he power to become the sons of God. What an undeserved honor—that rebel sinners should
become children of God through a miracle of love and grace!

even to them that believe on his name. The terms could not be simpler. Authority to become children of God
is granted to all those who, by a definite act of faith, receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

So there is sad news and glad news. First the sad news: “the world knew him not” and “his own received
him not.” Then the glad news: “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.”
If you have not already received him, why not believe on His
Name today?
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
F
LOYD PIERCE
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
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ICHARD COOLEY
SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
MARK DOSSETT
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
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OCTOBER 2, 2016
T
O BE ANNOUNCED
SPEAKERS IN SEPTEMBER
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11 a.m. Family
Bible Hour on Sunday, S
eptember 4, 2016.  Along with
his wife Helen, Floyd served the Lord as a Missionary in
Brazil for 35 years.  The Helen Leticia Pierce Christian
Schools may be seen at
www.escolacrista.com  Floyd
serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher in an
a
dult class that currently studies Genesis.  They have
three grown children and many foster children in Brazil.  
They are grandparents to nine grandchildren and
six
great grandc
hildren. They offer free Bible
correspondence courses in English and Portuguese at
this site.
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