Children Of God?

 Not Everyone Is A Child Of God!

You don’t become a child of God when you are born. You become a child of God when you are born again.

Many of the world’s religions teach, and most people believe, that every person is a child of God. The assumption is that since God created every person, then we must all be His children. The truth is we’re all born as children of Adam.

If you create a new software program, that doesn’t make you the father of the program. Neither do you become a child of God just because God created you. It’s true that we are made in His image and it’s equally true that He wants every person to be His child: “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:4)

The Bible clearly tells us that we are not all children of God. Ponder these words of the Lord when He was speaking to the Pharisees:

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

In Ephesians 2:3, Paul confirms that all are not children of God: “Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”

Paul makes an obvious distinction between two groups when using “formerly lived” and “even as the rest.” He is reminding the believers, in Ephesus, that they were once “children of wrath,” a term never used to describe the disciples of Jesus.

In writing to the church at Colosse, Paul continues this theme: Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.” (Colossians 3:5-6)

This verse is an exhortation for believers to refrain from their past sinful lives and identifies the non-believers as the “sons of disobedience.”

So, how does someone become a child of God? Jesus answers this question in John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” To be a child of God is to be born again of the Holy Spirit through trust in the name of Jesus. The process for salvation never changes. It is always centered in a sincere belief in Jesus as Savior.

In Romans 8:16, Paul teaches us that: “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.” Does the Spirit of God testify with your spirit that you are one of God’s children? Unless you are saved, there can be no such agreement between your spirit and the Holy Spirit.

You may consider yourself to be a child of God, but the more important consideration is whether or not God sees you as His child. Don’t wait too long to find out!

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

 

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