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Are we really All God's Children?

Many songs have depicted men, women and children, all as being God's children. No matter the race, nationality, ethnicity or even as far as to say, religious preference. In fact, the children's Sunday school song "He's got the whole world in His hands" actually directs our thoughts as though the whole world is all a part of His children.

 

Sounds so loving and inclusive, perhaps even evoking that "warm and fuzzy" feeling. But in all biblical honesty, are we really "ALL" God's children?

 

Scripture tells us plainly in John 1:12,

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."

So, without attempting to come across as brash and unloving, it is safe to say that all of humanity is absolutely God's CREATION, but not all of humanity is considered God's CHILDREN.

 

It sounds nice, loving and globally unifying to say that we're all God's children, but as Christians, it is imperative to realize just where we stand on the stance of when we actually "become" children of God. Is it when we are born as a baby? Is it when we "believe on the Lord"? When exactly do we become newborn "creatures of Christ"?

 

By very nature, children are "born" into a family. Jesus was clear, yet concise when he instructed Nicodemus in John 5:5-7, to be born again. "Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'"

 

Simple truth be told that if we are not Christians, speaking in biblical light, we really could not (and should not) be considered to be a part of God's children.

 

Romans 9:8,

"This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring." (ESV)

Let us delve further and deeper into hot water by saying how important it is that we adhere to the biblical teaching that unless one is baptized in Jesus' name and filled with the Holy Spirit, they are essentially not truly, biblically, honestly, not considered "Children of God," for that is the moment of becoming truly, "Born-again."

 

Romans 8:9 is crystal clear and has been an eye-opener for a number of people. It simply states,

"And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ."

Wow. Many have never read this scripture, let alone heard this preached over the pulpit.

 

Our job, whether we are licensed ministers in a pulpit ministry, or the just-as-important new convert Believers ready to spread the word with zeal, knowledge and love. Furthermore, our job is not to pass judgment, point out the indiscretions of others, or preach hell-fire and condemnation, but instead to show where souls CAN BE and bring "good tidings of great joy!"

 

Remember John 1:12,

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."

Our very goal, our ambition, our desire... should be to show others as much and as peaceably as possible, how they too, can become "sons and daughters" of God. The blessings, the benefits, the rewards, the fellowship... so much comes with the promise of being born into the kingdom. Becoming an adopted child into the Kingdom of light!

 

What an amazing discovery. What an amazing promise. What an amazing responsibility.

 

And as 1st Peter 2:9 encourages us, let us

"Show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;"

 

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