"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him." (1 John 5:1)
"Whoever believes" means that God extends the invitation to all to put their faith in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. This change of heart and life, which God does, brings you into the family of God. It makes you a child of God, by faith in Christ. Whoever believes in Christ is a child of God.
To illustrate this truth the Lord Jesus "compares Himself to a vine." "I am the vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5) "Your souls were indeed dead and withered, but living faith made you one with Me - made you partaker of My life and joy. As the sapless twig lives when united to the vine, so you live when united to Me." We must maintain this blessed union with the Saviour to be in Him. (From The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine for 1865, page 206).
God does all these things in the lives of His children and much more than this. But, are you truly a child of God today? Are you truly "in Christ" this very moment, or are you like the withered vine branch, severed from the life of Christ in your soul?
Be encouraged. "Whoever believes" is God's call to you today, to put your faith in Christ alone.
If you are truly "in Christ" today, but need more spiritual life in your soul to be a growing child of God - take advantage of all the means of grace available to you: such as, prayer and Bible reading at the start of each day, attend a Bible study here during the week and serve the Lord in some way in this church.
The Lord Jesus wants to be real and precious to you, where He means everything to you. You already are unspeakably precious to Him.
Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.
Holiness, godliness, righteousness, and Christ-likeness in personal and church life