Who Are the Children of God ?
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.
should we start to state of the case that the children of God are a particular
and a limited breed?
"Our Father Who Art in Heaven.. "
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.
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.
30:4 An Old Testament Statement Testifying of G-d's Son
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
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
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.
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.
continues to clarify the identifying traits of those who are God's children
and the children of the devil later in the same chapter:
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:
Christ has redeemed us. We are redeemed from
the curse of the law, Christ having been made a curse on our behalf. (Galatians
The consequences of not receiving our Savior
Redeemer: John 3:16 to 3:18 The offer of redemption is made clear in these