Who are God’s Children?

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1 John 3:1-3 ESV

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”

I hear a lot of people say that all people are God’s children. Well, we are all created by God, so in that sense we are his offspring. We are his creation. But we are not all God’s children in a biblical sense. For we are not all born again of the Spirit of God. We are not all born spiritually into God’s family. For we haven’t all died with Christ to sin, and we haven’t all been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life in him, no longer living as slaves to sin, but now as slaves to God and to his righteousness.

And if we read all of 1 John we will see clearly who are and who are not God’s children. For in 1 John 1 we read that if we say we have fellowship with God while we walk (in conduct, in practice) in darkness (sin, evil), we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as God is in the light (and is The Light), we have fellowship with God (understood) and with one another (who are also in fellowship with God), and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (see 1 John 1:5-10).

And in 1 John 2 we read that by this we know that we have come to know the Lord, if we keep his commandments (New Covenant). For, whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep (obey) his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected (see 1 John 2:3-6).

And in 1 John 3 we read that no one who abides in God/Jesus Christ keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning, making sin their practice, has either seen him or known him. For, whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as God is righteous. But whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil. And by this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother (see 1 John 3:4-10).

So, this makes it quite clear who are and who are not the children of God. And this means that we have to believe in Jesus Christ. For Jesus told the Jews that they didn’t know God the Father because they didn’t believe in Jesus, His Son. So, no one can believe in the one and only true God, creator of the universe and not believe in Jesus Christ, for they are ONE. So, if any Jews don’t believe in Jesus as their Lord and Messiah, they do not believe in the same God as we do, for they deny Jesus Christ as their Messiah.

[Gal 3:16,26-29; Rom 9:4-8; Gal 4:22-31; Eph 2:14-18; 1 Jn 2:22]

And there are two other signs here as to who God’s children are, for if we are truly his spiritual offspring, we should be those who are purifying ourselves, as God himself is pure, but not in our own power and strength, but in the power, strength, and wisdom of God. And the ungodly of this world should not accept and embrace us as their own. We should so stand out as different, with godliness as our moral compass, and with the word of the Lord on our lips and in our hearts, that the world should reject us.

[Matt 5:10-12; Matt 10:16-25; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 6:22-23; Lu 21:12-17; Jn 15:18-21]

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For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: We’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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