Object Lessons

Life in the Son

Objects: A life size Baby Doll—one that talks, opens and closes eyes, etc.

I wonder how many of you girls received -a baby doll at Christmas time? If so, I know how happy you were. I borrowed this one (exhibit) from a little girl who loves it very much. Isn't it just like a baby? Notice its chubby arms and feet! It goes to sleep, too. See it open and close its eyes! And it can even talk; hear it say, "Mamma." It is heavy, too, and just about the size of a baby sister or brother.

But although this baby doll looks like a baby and in many ways acts like a baby, yet you, boys and girls, know that it is not a real live baby. There is one thing lacking. Do you know what that one thing is? "It is not alive," someone says—yes, that is just it. This doll does not have LIFE. If it had life it would be a real baby, but this doll was made, and not born.

God's Word speaks of two kinds of life. There is LIFE which one has when born into this world as a little baby; this is NATURAL or human life. Then, there is EVERLASTING life which one receives when "born again" by receiving the Lord Jesus as Saviour. John 3:7, 14-16.

There are many people, boys and girls, who are like this baby doll. They act very much like born again people who have everlasting life, and yet they are lacking in this very thing. They may attend church regularly and even take part in the service of the church, and not have everlasting life. They may even speak the language of a Christian and call God "Father," and yet, like this doll, be only life­like.

"Man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart."—1 Sam. 16:7 He knows those who are His and have life. He also knows those who arc not His, despite how they look, or act or talk. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."—John. 10:25.

A baby is born into the world possessing natural life, so a Christian is born, and not made. He is a born again person, and receives everlasting life when he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. "For as many as RECEIVED Him (Jesus, as Saviour) to them gave He power to become children of God, even to them that believe on His name."—John 1:12.

When a baby is born, it becomes a part of the family, doesn't it? Your little brother or sister became a child of your parents at birth. So when one is born again, he is born into God's family and becomes a child of God, and possesses everlasting life.

Have you believed on the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, boys and girls? If so, you HAVE everlasting life and have been born again. "He that hath the Son hath Life."—1 John 5:12. But "he that believeth NOT the Son shall not see LIFE but the wrath of God abideth on him."—John 3:36b. So, though you attend Sunday school regularly, and in many ways act like those who have believed on the Lord Jesus, yet YOU are without everlasting life unless you, yourself have believed on Him as your own personal Saviour. Do so today, boys and girls, and possess this precious gift which God so longs to give to all who will receive His Son as Saviour. John 3:16.

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