for the Faith
The Bible is clear that all people are Gods creation (Colossians 1:16), and that God loves the entire world (John 3:16). But, only those who are born again are children of God (John 1:12; 11:52; Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:1-10). "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God," Romans 8:16
In Scripture, the lost are never referred to as children of God. Ephesians 2:3 tells us that before we were saved we were by nature children of wrath. Romans 9:8 says that it is not the natural children who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.
Instead of being born as Gods children, we are born in sin, which separates us from God and aligns us with Satan as Gods enemy (James 4:4; 1 John 3:8). Jesus said, If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me (John 8:42).
Then a few verses later in
John 8:44, Jesus told the
Pharisees that they You are
of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.
The fact that those who are not saved
are not children of God is also seen in
1 John 3:10: 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 Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26) because God has said He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:5).
Adapted from an article at GotQuestions.org.
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13
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