“You act just like your Father.” Have you ever had someone to tell you that? It’s true isn’t it? We really do behave like our Fathers even when we may not want to. I have heard many people say, “I’ll never be like my Dad” and yet they grow up to be exactly like them. We can’t help it; it’s just the way it works.
In John eight Jesus had quite an interesting discussion with the religious leaders of his day. While they tried to convince Jesus they were descendants of Abraham and were therefore God’s children Jesus knew better. He told them “I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.” Even though they might have been descendants of Abraham in an earthly sense Jesus knew spiritually they were the children of another, namely the devil. He told them “If God were your Father,you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God…”
Of course people don’t like it when they are told they are of the devil and these men didn’t either. But Jesus wasn’t through with the lesson quite yet. He went on to tell them something revolutionary. Not only was the devil their father their actions and attitude came from him too. Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires/lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is not truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for the is a liar and the father of lies.”
Jesus is clear in John 3 we must be born again. The term born-again means to be born from above or born of God. So, could it be that since the fall of Adam, our common Father, we were all born in sin or born from below? I mean when Adam agreed with Satan and disobeyed God he opened himself to the spirit of error. This is the spirit that is even now working and acting in the children of disobedience. This is the same spirit that was operating in the religious leaders that constantly found themselves at odds with Christ. Jesus knew exactly what he was dealing with and told them very clearly it wasn’t even their lusts or agenda but Satan’s. He is the Father of lies and he apparently had those men fooled into thinking just because they could trace their heritage back to Abraham they were okay with God. In reality it is only those that are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
Someone might be reading this and think “Okay, so how does one become a child of God then?” What must I do to make God my Father? Let me just say it isn’t what we do it’s what God has done already by way of the cross. You see the Bible tells us 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, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” Through the cross God has opened the way for us to be born-again, born of His Spirit. “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…”