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We often hear people say lovingly and inclusively, “We’re all God’s children.”  However, that is not a true statement. While it is true that everyone, and everything, belongs to God (Psa 24:1), not everyone is in God’s family. 

Now don’t hear me wrong.  God loves everyone with a love that is beyond our comprehension (Read A-Z Proof of Love that Never Fades). But just because God’s love is freely and lavishly given to all people, it does not make all people His children.

In earthly relationships, being a child of a father indicates a standing in the father’s family.  Therefore, being a part of God’s family indicates a special position, a significant standing in a relationship with God. This is only received in salvation by grace alone through faith in Jesus.  The apostle John tells us that only those who believe in Jesus can be sons of God.

If one has not been saved by Jesus, then he does not belong to God’s family and is not a child of God.  God is very clear about how one becomes part of His family.

“Born Again” into the Family of God

Just as a child becomes a part of an earthly family at birth, repentant sinners become a part of a spiritual family when they are born again. Jesus used these words when speaking to the Pharisee named Nicodemus:

John 3:3  …Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

All people are born spiritually dead, sinful, in the image of Adam.  Only those who repent and trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross for the payment of their sins, come to Him in faith, are forgiven and born again (regenerated) by God’s Spirit.  

John 3:5-6  …Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Adopted into the Family of God

Having been washed clean by Jesus’ blood (Rev 1:5) and born of the Spirit (John 3:6), sinners are justified and adopted into the family of God.

Rom 8:14-16  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God

Adoption into God’s family gives us both positional standing as a family member and also the riches of Christ.

Rom 8:17  and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

Children vs. Creation

There is no doubt that God loves His children.  It is evidenced by His words, His actions, and His promises.  But God also loves the lost (Read Does God Love the Lost?).  However, that does not make them God’s children.  They have not been born again. They have not received Christ. And therefore, they have no positional standing in God’s family. So the answer to the question, “Are We All God’s Children?” is NO! Because…

Gal 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

However, we must remember that all people are part of God’s creation. And God loves His creation. He loved all people enough to send His Son to die for the whole world. Therefore, we should love all people enough to tell them about Jesus and His saving grace. Jesus is the only way to receive forgiveness of sins and be born again into the family of God.

Commissioned to Share the Gospel

On the night in which He was betrayed, Jesus prayed for His disciples and He prayed for us.  [Read about the upper room discourse and Jesus’ prayer in A Room with a View of Eternity—The Last Will & Testament of Jesus Christ] He prayed for all who would become children of God and joint-heirs with Him.  In praying, He gave us His mission to carry out in His absence just as He gave it to His disciples and Paul.

Jesus Commissioned the Disciples

Mark 16:15-16  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creatureHe who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Jesus Commissioned Paul

Acts 26:16-18  “But rise and stand on your feet; for I [Jesus] have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

Jesus Commissioned Us

The commission Jesus gave to the disciples and to Paul is the same commission for us.  Just as the twelve and Paul were Jesus’ disciples to preach His gospel, we too are His disciples and we are to boldly speak His truths.

Mark 16:15  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Rom 10:13-15  For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Acts 20:20-21  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, Acts 20:21  Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 6:19-20  …that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Joyful, Dutiful Mission

May it be our duty and our joy to share Christ’s saving grace with people everywhere and to help in building the family of God.  May our hearts be burdened for those who do not know Jesus, and may we always be ready to tell them of the hope we have in Jesus.

2 Pet 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

1 Pet 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

Share His saving grace with everyone you meet.

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