Clearly in the verses, quoted by the preacher, the implication that ALL people are children of God, is not correct. If we take a moment to look at the verses, we’ll see that there is a prerequisite to becoming a child of God, an adopted son or daughter.
The opening quote given by the preacher says it all…
Ephesians 1:3-6 – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.
The preacher was correct in saying, “As Christ-followers our primary identity is not built on something we do, but on something that has already been done. Through Jesus Christ, you’ve been adopted as God’s son, as God’s daughter. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.
(What does it means to follow someone/something? see – Follow the Leader?? – Joy in Serving – PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 2c) , http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ot)
YOU MAY BE ASKING YOURSELF, “SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM THEN?”
First of all, think about this comment, You ARE a child of God.
Ok, sounds good, but here’s the puzzling part.
Let’s use the analogy of a baby girl I’ve given birth to. Now is this baby girl a child of Monica? Of course, the answer is yes. So, if this baby girl is my child, then there is no need for me to adopt her. Similarly, if ALL people are God’s children, then there would be no reason for us to be adopted by God, thus negating what the Scriptures say – God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family – Eph. 1:5
Given the above analogy, it would certainly seem that “something” is missing from this picture.
Secondly, in listening to the preacher’s message, it seemed as though he was glossing over Scriptural truths. The preacher correctly mentioned that it is through Jesus Christ, that you’ve been adopted as God’s son, as God’s daughter. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD, yet neglected to mention one small, but important detail – How is it through Jesus Christ?
I could interpret this in many different ways depending on where I am in my spiritual journey.
If I am a:
- Atheist or Agnostic – Since I don’t believe God exists, or I’m skeptical about the very existence of God, I am glad that through Jesus Christ was downplayed/quickly passed over.
- Seeker (someone who is checking out churches/Christianity) – I may not have even heard the part about adoption. I may just have heard, I’m a child of God.
- A religion or belief system other than Christianity – I might not have heard that it’s through Jesus that I’m able to be adopted into God’s family. I might just have heard, ALL people are children of God.
- A long time Christ-follower – I might not have realized that the way to become a child of God was quickly passed over. Having been a Christ-follower for a long time, I might have just made an assumption, “Sure everyone knows you become a child of God when you put your faith in Jesus for salvation.”
Thirdly, according to the verse in Ephesians 1:5, God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ, If ALL people are children of God, THEN ALL people must be Christ-followers too.
Yet, we know that is not the case. All we have to do is bring up the name of Jesus to our classmates, co-workers, friends, family members, etc. to know that ALL people are not Christ-followers.
Scripture confirms this observation saying,
But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. – Romans 3:22
It is through our individual/personal profession of faith in what Jesus did on the cross that allows ALL people to become an adopted child of God.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” – Romans 10:9-11
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. – Ephesians 2:8-9
SO WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY IS TRUE FOR ALL PEOPLE?
Are All People Children of God?? – (Part 1) http://wp.me/p5nZpi-pm
Response to Reader’s Comment – Are All People Children of God??? (Part 2) http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ro
Are ALL People Children of God??? – (Part 3 of 3) http://wp.me/p5nZpi-rg
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One thought on “Are ALL People Children of God??? – (Part 2 of 3)”
Thanks for the food for thought! I thought of a lot of stuff- hope it makes sense! I personally believe that our Heavenly Father literally created our spirits before we came to live on this earth and that our mortal parents are the facilities that house our eternal spirits (Hebrews 12:9). Which is why I think our Father in Heaven is so invested in our return to Him. I wouldn’t want to lose any of my children. I do think all are children of God. Whether people accept or recognize Him doesn’t mean He forgets them. I wouldn’t disown my child if they decided to go against me. I do think that people can be called ” a child of God” in a deeper sense if they are His disciples or followers. As far as the scriptures referring to “adoption” I feel like it is a matter of semantics. We are already his literal creation, but we have to work at coming unto Him or being His “Chosen” people or ” people who choose God”. Because Adam and Eve’s left the Garden of Eden, they also left being so close to the presence of God. So in a sense we all have all been separated from our Father in heaven and need to gain knowledge of good and evil and follow or adopt Heavenly Father’s good ways.( Isaiah 56:3-8); (genesis 3:22-24)