Are ALL People Children of God??? – (Part 2 of 3)

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)  [6], 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

AND,

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?

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 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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Are ALL People Children of God??? – (Part 1 of 3)

This question, Are all people children of God?, has been on my mind for the past few weeks. This flame was fanned by the current sermon series being taught at the church we attend.

Because I disagreed with what the preacher was teaching, all people are children of God, and all people are adopted sons and daughters of God, I decided to do some digging in the Scriptures, they (the Bereans) received the Word (Scriptures) with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.Acts 17:11

Below is a brief summary of the first two weeks of the message series.

In week 1 of the series,

The preacher said that Paul wrote the letter of Ephesians to remind the Ephesian Christ-followers, and us, about their identity.

He proceeded to quote from 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.

He proceeded by 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.”

[The message seemed ok, to this point, but further along in the message…]

The preacher said, “You are so much more than the labels that you might be wearing (some examples of labels – mom, businessman, electrician, not smart, weak, 4 eyes, etc.) you don’t have to find your identity in those things anymore.  It is possible to step away from the competition and comparing to discover the truth of who you are.  And this is that truth, YOU ARE GOD’S ADOPTED SON, YOU ARE GOD’S ADOPTED DAUGHTER.  YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD. That is your primary identity.”

[So that’s that?  I simply need to realize that there is more to me than my labels?]

In week 2 of the series,

The preacher’s message again was, “We are first and foremost children of God, members of God’s familyI am God’s child, you are God’s child.  That is the identity that defines us.”

He then quoted Galatians 3:28 – There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus, and says, “Instead, of looking at someone as male or female, black or white, rich or poor, young or old, look at them as your brother, or your sister.”

[Sounds like a nice enough message.]

**But is it possible that the preacher is downplaying, or simply choosing to ignore ALL that the scripture is saying.**

IS THE PRONOUNCEMENT THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN ACCURATE ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE??

My response is No!!

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

Are ALL People Children of God???  –  (Part 3 of 3)   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-rg

 

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