Are All People Children of God?? – (Part 3 of 3)

SO WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ALL PEOPLE?

ALL people are:

  • God’s creation, NOT God’s childrenFor by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.Colossians 1:16
  • Loved by God,

For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  – John 3:16

God showed how much He loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. – 1 John 4:9

AND…

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”  Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. – John 3:3-5

To be born again means to become children of GodHumans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. – John 3:6

 

“HOW ARE THESE THINGS POSSIBLE????”

You may be asking yourself the same question Nicodemus asked Jesus in John 3:9, “How are these things possible?”

And Jesus answered Nicodemus, and us…

No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:13-17

 

HOW DO WE BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD???

But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12

They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. – John 1:13

For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus.– Galatians 3:26

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ADOPTED SON, OR AN ADOPTED DAUGHTER OF GOD???

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure. –  Ephesians 1:5

The word adoption, according to Dictionary.com means  –  to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one’s own child, specifically by a formal legal act.

The letter to the Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul in Rome during the 1st century. Knowing the time period of this letter helps us to understand the significant privileges and opportunities an adopted person would receive as a member of their “new” family.

For example, an adopted person would have…

  • the identical legal rights, as though they were a naturally born child to the family
  • a right to the family name
  • a right to the inheritance of the father’s property
  • would be under the authority of the adopted father, his legal caregiver

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.  And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir –  Galatians 4:4-7

 

HOW DOES OUR RELATIONSHIP CHANGE WITH GOD WHEN WE BECOME HIS ADOPTED CHILD?

  • Our sins have been forgiven.

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14

  • We are no longer sentence to eternal separation from God.

Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.  –  Romans 8:1-2

  • We are now able to come into the presence of God through Jesus Christ.

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. – Ephesians 3:12

  • Jesus, our Lord and Savior, has become our brother.

So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.  –  Hebrews 4:16

  • The Holy Spirit now lives in us, guaranteeing our inheritance and guiding us.

And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.  The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.  –  Ephesians 1:13-14

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth…  – John 16:13

…you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father. – Romans 8:15

 

WARNING:

A time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound doctrine. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject and turn their ears from the truth, and wander off into myths and fables. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

OUR PROTECTION:

READ THE BIBLE.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… –  James 4:8

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. –  John 8:32

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Are ALL People Children of God???  –  (Part 1)   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-pm

Are ALL People Children of God???  –  (Part 2)   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-pI

Response to Reader’s Comment – Are All People Children of God???  (Part 2)   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ro

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How Can I Have an Extraordinary Day??? – Joy in Serving – PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 2d) [7]

Before Paul tells the Philippians how they can experience the fullness of joy in their daily service, he encourages them with these words…

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. –  Phil 2:12

These words resonant with me as a mom, and teacher.  It is my deep desire, as I’m sure it is for those who share their knowledge, experiences, skills, wisdom, etc. with others, that what has been taught/”caught” will be implemented when we’re not around to correct, redirect, or point out alternative responses.

Paul sets us straight in the second half of this verse, clearly stating who we should follow, and obey.  He doesn’t say follow me, Paul, or your mom, your dad, your Grandma or Grandpa, your teachers, coaches, etc.  No, Paul is very clear.  He says, obey God!!

So it doesn’t matter if your mom, or other mentor, isn’t around at every moment of your day, because God is.  He is there to guide, support, encourage, comfort, and direct our steps.

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HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO?

We could simply let our conscience be our guide.

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However, our consciences are subject to change, depending on where we get our information.  Therefore, it is important to have an unchanging/timeless/accurate source of truth.

WHERE DO WE FIND AN UNCHANGING/TIMELESS/ACCURATE SOURCE OF TRUTH?

Absolute truth is found in the Bible.

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It is particularly important to read God’s Word for yourself verses just listening, or reading what God has taught others, or being an inactive observer.   Although listening and reading what others teach can provide great insight, independent reading of the Bible allows God to personally speak to you and to your situation.

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WHERE DO I GET THE DESIRE TO READ AND LEARN GOD’S WORD?

GOD!!!

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.  –  Phil 2:13, and it’s not simply reading the Word of God, but you must do what it says –  James 1:22.

As promised from the last post, Follow the Leader??  –  Joy in Serving  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 2c)  [6], http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ot, here are some practical ways Paul gives us to serve God and others in our everyday lives.

 

PRACTICAL WAYS TO SERVE IN OUR DAILY LIVES…  PHILIPPIANS 2:14-16

  1.  In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing – v.14
  2.  Live clean, innocent lives as children of God – v.15  Paul realizes this won’t be easy as the second part of this verse says, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. – v.15       [Keep in mind that Paul is writing this letter to the Christians in Philippi, and believers everywhere.  It is these people who Paul is referencing when he says, children of God.  Children of God are those who have been born again, all people are not children of God. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.  They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.  –  John 1:12-13] 

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3. Let your lives shine brightly, as lights, in the world – v.15

4. Hold firmly to the Word of Life, the Bible – v.16

 

HOW TO APPROACH OUR DAILY INTERACTIONS…

  1. Don’t expect to be served
  2. Look for opportunities to serve others, your faithful service is an offering to God  –  Phil 2:17

Choose to serve, and watch your ordinary day turn into an extraordinary day 🙂

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