October 1, 2015
Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe – We Are All God’s Children – Part 3
We Are All God’s Children…
In the broadest framework of reference, all human beings belong to God. Yes, God is the “father” of all by virtue of the fact that he is the Creator of the human family. Humanity was fashioned in his very image (Genesis 1:26-27), and he exercises sovereignty overall. We all bear the image of God, and that makes our very lives something to be valued.
In the spiritual sense, the Bible is clear on who is and who isn’t, a child of God. What the Bible is talking about is relationships. Only those who have repented of their sin, turned back toward God by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and possess the Holy Spirit of God inside of them, can claim Him as their Father.
The bottom line is, God “owns” every person upon this earth. We are His to bless or punish, depending upon how we respond to His will. Adam and Eve wanted to remain in the Garden but without God’s boundaries. When those boundaries were violated, they fled from his presence, they fled from that relationship, and that left a big stinking hole in their lives. Ever since then, people have tried to fill that hole with substitutes.
There is ample evidence regarding the Children of God. Through his spokesman, the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord declared:
For all people are mine to judge—both parents and children alike. And this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die. (Ezekiel 18:4).
The Lord chose the nation of Israel as a people for his own possession, set apart from other nations, For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. (Deuteronomy 7:6), nonetheless, God warned that if they drifted (sin) from His law, He would disinherit them (Numbers 14:12). Eventually, the Lord would say to the arrogant, idol-worshipping northern kingdom of Israel, you are not my people, and I will not be your God (Hosea 1:9).
It is a fact, those who are not saved are not children of God as illustrated in 1 John 3:10: “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] [a]love his [believing] brother.” We become God’s children when we are saved because we are adopted into God’s family through our relationship with Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:5-6).