ARE WE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN?

There are some that think we are all God’s children simply by the fact we are human beings. This is an interesting idea and sounds so good to think of all of us being in one big family but is that really what the Bible teaches?

It is obvious that we are all someone’s children but the question is whose? In the first chapter of the Gospel of John we read where Jesus “came to his own, and those who were his own did not receive him. 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…” So we see it is only those that receive Jesus Christ that are children of God.

Jesus had more than one heated discussion with the religious leaders of his day. On one particular day it came about because Jesus offered them freedom and they became incensed saying, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that you say, ‘You will become free?” Jesus agreed that they were in fact Abraham’s descendants, in the natural, but that wasn’t what heritage he was really talking about. They claimed to have come from God, but he disagreed with them because if God was their father they would love him. He said, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God…” Jesus then said, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father…” Whoa! So while all did in fact come from God, because he created humans, not all are his children.

Just as there were many in Jesus’ day that thought they were God’s children and weren’t it is the same today. Paul expounded on this in Romans 8 saying, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God…The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…” It is therefore only those that have the Spirit of God within that are God’s children and we only receive the Spirit when we receive Christ and his work on the cross on our behalf. We cannot call people “Children of God” that have not received Christ.

You might be saying to yourself “How can we know who is and isn’t God’s children?” On the one hand we may not know, but there are a couple things that are clear. 1 John 3:9-10 tells us, “No one who is born of God practices sin, because his seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” The old saying is “I am my father’s son.” This doesn’t mean a child of God will never commit sin but it does mean our lives will be consistently less sinful and more and more loving toward others. Of course this will only take place if we receive Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son, and let him live his life through us. Remember it is to them that receive Him that he gives the right to become children of God.

Written by Louie

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12 thoughts on “ARE WE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN?

  1. The only conclusion that we should come to regarding “change” is that the more my mind is renewed about who Jesus is, and what He has done, the worse my behavior looks. He must increase, and I must decrease. It’s all about Him in me (which is complete), and nothing about the flesh (which is perishing).

  2. Hi Louie, Thank you for your response.

    Actually, the the only “change” we experience before we receive the redemption of our bodies, is that we get into our minds what is already a reality in our spirit. We renew our minds with that which is already true concerning who we are in Christ. If our behavior changes as a result, that is wonderful, because it is profitable for us and our neighbor, but it is not the goal. The goal is that we take our eyes off of ourselves and fix them on Him.

    I don’t know how you can say that you just don’t see that those born of God cannot sin, when John clearly says so. I think the confusion comes in when we think that John is saying that your behavior never misses the mark. You and I both know that if we were being judged by the Law, we would find “coveting of every kind”, and like Paul would say: “I practice the evil I do not wish”. Under the Law, we would both stand condemned. But, thankfully, we have been released from the Law, and in Christ there is no more condemnation for our behavior. If God still takes our sin into account, then we are doomed.

    the “glory to glory” verse is speaking about an event, not a process. Paul is comparing the glory of the Law with the glory of the Spirit. When we were saved, we were conformed into the image of His Son. We were “changed” from being in the flesh to being in the Spirit.

    If you are on FB you can read my note that deals with this, if you are interested.

    • Thanks so much. It’s funny how one starts writing something and the response isn’t really about the point I was trying to make. Anyway I will concede that the words “less” and “more” were poorly chosen. The emphasis in this writing was supposed to be clearing up a misunderstanding about the deception of all of us being “God’s children.”

      I do believe God can keep us from sin but I also know if we aren’t looking to him to keep us we will commit any and all sin.
      Are you saying that as a believer you cannot sin?

      Louie

      • Based on that which defines sin, I can do nothing but sin. Thankfully, as those who are born of God, we are free from sin, free from the Law that defines it, and free from the death that results from it.

      • Amen! thank you Lord. I’m with you on this one. I too am always telling others we are not called to be sin conscious but Christ conscious but I also know apart from him I would do any and everything sinful.
        Thanks so much for the sword sharpening,
        Louie

  3. Really? That makes no sense to me. Does God grade on the curve?

    Just so you know, the word “practice” does not appear in the original text. The original word is “poieo” not “prasso”. Thus, John is stating that those born of God DO NOT SIN.

    The translators of inferior “bibles” (the NIV is not even a bible. It’s worth less than TP) chose to disregard the original language, because they could not accept what John actually said, and changed it to “prasso”.

    Even if we were to read it as “practice” (which it is not), John would be saying that those born of God cannot do it. In other words, once you determined what the obscure number for “practice” is ( say 3 or 4 times), you could no longer physically perform the act. It’s foolishness to be telling believers that they are to examine themselves and see if they are being “less sinful” or “more loving”. Jesus demands absolute perfection, and that is how He has created us (Heb 10:14).

    God no longer takes sin into our account. We are no longer sinners, but saints. We are holy, righteous, blameless, and complete. We cannot be improved upon. We love others by sharing the truth of the Gospel with others. It is all we have to give, and it is sufficient.

    • Dave I appreciate what you are saying here but is it not true that our behavior is modified after we come to Christ? I understand that isn’t what being a Christian is about but there is a definite modification that takes place is it not? As far as the idea that “those born of God DO NOT SIN” I just don’t see that one. I do believe God can and will keep us from sin but that doesn’t mean we never do commit them.

      Examining ourselves was never said but what was said was you can tell who the children of God are and the children of the devil. There is a certain amount of behavior modification or change that takes place when one goes from being a child of the devil and becomes a child of God. If there isn’t any change I would venture to say there hasn’t been any regeneration.

      I agree God demands perfection from us and thank God he has given it to us in his Son Jesus Christ.
      thanks so much for the input.

      I am sort of surprised at the reaction from the words “less” and “more.” I do think we are being changed from glory to glory so there is a process involved here, right?
      Louie

      • Just to clear something up. I suppose the term “behavior modification” is not a good one. What I intended to say was simply there will be a change in our behavior once we receive Christ and that change may take place over our entire lifetime. That change of course doesn’t come about by our changing things but rather by the work of the Spirit of God within. Even though being taken from the devils family and being placed into God’s is a definite moment and event the process of change continues in our lives.
        Louie

  4. you can only be less sinfull and more loving by the governship of the being of god who lives inside of you–not i but christ

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