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Who are God's Children?

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Who Are the Children of God ?

MYSTERIES OF GOD
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Who Are the Children of God?

Index to all Charles Pinkney Christian Titles

The notion that all humanity are the "Children of God" is a popularly held belief. It is the "ecumenical" viewpoint wherein no religion or denomination is excluded from holding the belief that they are among ALL of God's children. This in harmony with Universalist theology as well as declarations of the now pope, Pope Francis 1. I find that this is the current understanding of those in most mainline Christian churches. The universalists uphold the comforting belief that man is essentially good and that a wise, all-compassionate God will certainly acknowlege their best human efforts and thus grant them an eternal reward based on their motivation and actions. This seems fair and reasonable in the minds of most. The view that all are children of God also allows the belief that "all paths lead to God" a tenant of Buddhism.
This, is in Jesus' words, "The broad path that leads to destruction, by which many go.. " Jesus spoke of a narrow path. This narrow path involved Jesus of Nazareth himself, He said, "No one comes to the 'Father' but through me." This was and is the pathway that brings offense and causes many to stumble.

Where should we start to state of the case that the children of God are a particular and a limited breed?
I want to share in this chapter of the Mysteries of God, the reality of the position that answers the question. These proofs are found in the New Testament but veiled and hinted in the Old Testament. The Holy Bible teaches this: Only those who are "born of G-d are the children of God.

"Our Father Who Art in Heaven.. "

The familiar prayer memorized by most Christians begins with this declaration. We skim over it because it has lost any kind of meaning since we pray it by 'wrote' and never contemplate the profound implications that it had (and still has) to those who originally heard it declared by the Messiah himself. Remember in the days that Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth ministered on earth. The Jewish authorities held that G-d had no son. The same position is held by the Muslims of today. It is emblazoned upon their mosque, the dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Why did Jesus so thoroughly offend the Jewish authorities of his day? Because they said he made himself equal with G-d declaring that G-d was his father. This was blasphemy according to their understanding of Mosaic law. It continues to be a critical point of contention held by any orthodox Jew today. Since G-d is "one," the rabbis conclude that Yeshua can not be the Messiah. So, with this assumption, they crucified Jesus for this.

We have Jesus teaching his disciples to pray to the heavenly Father even as he himself did. This is not to teach them that "we are all God's children" as affirmed by so many credentialed church leaders today. Most of these leaders actually go so far as to call Yeshua's disciples "Christians" in the time of his earthly ministry. They were not Christians, they were disciples, followers of Yeshua of Nazareth, who they believed to be the promised King of Israel. Even after Pentecost those disciples of Jesus identified themselves as being followers of "the way" of their Messiah. Christians were not named such until much later in Antioch Syria.

That Jesus was the "son of God" was first revealed to Peter by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 16:16) Thereafter the disciples believed that Jesus was truly the Messiah and the Son of the Living God. They would have carried and affirmed this belief for the duration of their days with him. Nevertheless they were never quite sure of what it meant that he had a destiny to die in Jerusalem to fulfill his Father's will.

Finally, the disciples did not attain to the status of sonship until after Jesus breathed upon them bringing spiritual regeneration and understanding to life in them. (John 20:22) (Luke 24:45) They were then prepared to received the "promise of the Father" the full immersion into the Spirit empowered life. The Spirit of Truth would take which Jesus would supply in word or action to minister with the anointings that Jesus' ministry required. Therefore, the sonship that was promised in the above prayer was spoken in advance of any of the disciples actually becoming "children of the Father."

Proverbs 30:4 An Old Testament Statement Testifying of G-d's Son
"Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?"

Jesus' Parable of the Wheat and the Tares; a Proof Text That We Are Not All God's Children.

Matthew 13: 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The above passage indicates that those who we presume to be Christians sitting next to us in a church setting may be among the tares. Another who may be a faithful church attender of another denomination may likewise be among the tares that of unregenerated humanity. It would likewise apply to any other faith who attend a synagogue, temple, or mosque. The appearance of goodness or good and righteous standing in a non Christian setting, are not likely to be accounted among those who God has called and redeemed. Only God has this knowledge. Sorry the Bible does not teach the equality of all religions.

Who is it that determines whether or not we qualify for the title of God's children? God know those who are his own. This will become abundantly clear when the final harvest occurs at the end of the age. We who have been "born from above" have this witness that we are the children of God. From the viewpoint of a casual observer believers are not distinquishable from unbelievers. Churches and cults imagine themselves to be in the category of confidence in their righteous standing; that they are the elect and beloved of God. But have they had their names written in the "Book of Life?" Have they been "born again?" The Gospel of Grace declares that this status may be received as a free gift. It is not awarded because of religious works or righteous deeds. Only God initiates this entire transaction by supernatural power. He answers those who cry out of a sincere heart. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! (Joel 2:32) 32 "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: (saved) for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."

Why Jesus Taught in Parables

Matthew 13: 10 "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand."
You man ask if God is fair. According to the knowledge and wisdom of God some are called and equipt others are not so called. This clearly, is a mystery among mysteries. God prepares the heart of those he will call at at time of His choosing.

Proof Texts from the Gospel of John

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

In John, the first chapter, we find that those who receive him (Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah) those who will receive, he gives the Power
which is Gk. exousia which means authority or permission. Again we are to understand that not all will receive Jesus. They are not
among those who may call themselves "sons of God, or children of God." Who are those who are called who become children of God?

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

John 14.6 - - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It is the Father in heaven who makes the decision about those who will be drawn forth or "chosen" for the title of Son of God.
But the qualifying fact is that they are to come to the Father through only one channel, that of the Son, who is also called the door of the sheep fold. Believing in God you do well, so do the demons and they tremble; But to go into the sheep fold by any other means is not permitted. (John 10: 7-10)

An excellent resource that explains the calling or drawing power of the Holy Spirit is this one online.

John the apostle writes in his 1 John:3 Johns first Epistle:3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John continues to clarify the identifying traits of those who are God's children and the children of the devil later in the same chapter:
(1 John 3:9) Anyone born of God refuses to practice sin, because God’s seed abides in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. (10) By this the children of God and the children of the devil can be distinguished: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Worldly Christians it seems, are far more engaged in pursuit of worldly rewards, name, fame, power, recognition, and acquisition of things. They have set their hearts (the seat of affections) upon things of this world that perish, and not things which are eternal / heavenly. John has exhorted against this pitfall, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)

Some have debated the reality of Good vs. Evil. The Bible makes it clear; there are some human beings who are Evil and some who are Good. The good news is that we can change that status once we realize the truth about our fallen nature. Ephesians 2:v3 explains:

We were in times past counted among the children of the evil one. But in God's time we were delivered from that state and translated into the Kingdom of God's dear son. AMPC translation of Ephesians 2:3 - - Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.
This is the Phillips translation of the same verse:
To you, who were spiritually dead all the time that you drifted along on the stream of this world’s ideas of living, and obeyed its unseen ruler (who is still operating in those who do not respond to the truth of God), to you Christ has given life! We all lived like that in the past, and followed the impulses and imaginations of our evil nature, being in fact under the wrath of God by nature, like everyone else. The final thought is this, we can be changed. We can be rescued from destruction. We can escape the wrath to come both temporal and spiritual. We can change our parentage from a fallen child of the evil one to being a child of the living God.

Christ has redeemed us. We are redeemed from the curse of the law, Christ having been made a curse on our behalf. (Galatians 3:13)

The consequences of not receiving our Savior Redeemer: John 3:16 to 3:18 The offer of redemption is made clear in these verses:
16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. And finally Chapter 3 of John concludes with this verse for further emphasis:
3:36) He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

 

Updated 12-23-2017