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Contending for the Faith
Are we all God's children, or only Christians?
Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11:45am

The Bible is clear that all people are God’s 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 God’s children, we are born in sin, which separates us from God and aligns us with Satan as God’s 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

We become children of God when we are saved because we are adopted into God’s family through our relationship with Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:5-6; Ephesians 1:5). This can be clearly seen in verses like Romans 8:14-17: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

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.



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