Who are the children of God? Any and Everyone? Some say “we should all go to Heaven, after all, we’re all children of God”. Sounds nice and religious…but it’s not true. To find out who are God’s kids, you have only to see what He himself says on the subject…from the bible
In the first chapter of John, he describes the arrival of the Word (Jesus Christ) on earth in human form. Who he was, how and why he came and what he came to do. It’s a beautiful power packed passage – you should read it. The chapter shines light on who the real children of God are…
John 1: 12
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed his name, he gave the right to become children of God – Children born not of natural decent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Cant get much clearer than that can you? Notice 2 things
1) This does not refer to the whole world. The right, or privilege to called a child of God is reserved strictly for those who have received Jesus (the word) and believed his name. Have you done this? If you have you’re a child of God! If not…you’re not..
2) He clarifies Further by emphasising how this is NOT for everyone born, but those born of God. Big difference. Not everyone born a natural birth from their mothers womb, by an earthly fathers will is born again. Only those who have undergone the ‘rebirth’ or born again experience are born of God.
The verse prior to the one quoted above explains how He (Jesus/the word) came to the world that he created and they didn’t recognize him and in fact refused to receive him. These people may call themselves God’s children…but have refused to acknowledge his lordship in their lives. They’ve refused to accept his free gift of salvation. They’re not God’s children.
Good News…If you’re not yet a child of God, you can be. Everything Jesus did, he did because of God’s love for the WHOLE world (John 3:16 – read it), excluding none and including all. God doesn’t want a single person to perish – especially not you!
It’s easy to be born again!
You need not worry about how much you’ve sinned or how bad you’ve been – it’s 100% irrelevant. All you need to do is acknowledge with your mouth that Jesus is now lord of all and of your life, and believe and rely on the fact that he was raised from the dead – then you’ll be saved. Born again.
As soon as you’ve done that, you’re a child of God – and you’ll need never ever doubt it again – and of course the benefits to being the children of God, are many.