Are All People A Child Of God?
Many Christians and Pastors today believe we are all God’s children. This is a common misconception. Everyone is God’s creation, but everyone is not God’s child. What does the Bible say in regard to this commonly expressed idea?
Gal. 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
According to this verse, it is our faith or belief in who Jesus is that makes us children of God.
Eph. 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.
Eph.1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ (NLT)
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God.
What Did Jesus Say?
Mt. 13:38 The good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one.
John 17:9 I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
Luke 8:21 My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
Mt. 5:45 Love your enemies…that ye may be the children of your Father.
Luke 20:36 Children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
John 12:36 Walk in the light, that ye may be the children of light.
Matt. 23:31 ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
John 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. (v.41), ye do the deeds of your father (v.42), If God were your Father, ye would love me.
John 8:44 ye are of your father the devil. And the lusts of your father ye will do.
Matt. 23:15 ye make him two fold more the child of hell than yourselves.
A child of hell is someone who has Satan as his or her father. There are only two fathers. Many do not realize that if they have not received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are not in God’s family. By default, they come under the headship of the only other father, Satan. Jesus is the one who said this in John 8:44.
It’s so important that we as believers are salt and light in this world so we can influence those in darkness. Through Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross and His resurrection, the gift of eternal life is available to everyone. When we turn to God, ask forgiveness for our sin, and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we then become a child of the Living God.
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell