A lot of my past and future posts may refer to a particular topic or condition that is contingent upon being a child of God. For example I may write something along the lines of, “if you are a child of God.” I even referenced in a previous post that I would create a post that answered the question “what is a child of God?” First and foremost, I am not referring to the Son of God, Jesus. Nor am I suggesting that people can one day become divine or God-like with God-like creative capabilities, that is completely different from Christianity and I would put this litmus test in front of anyone who would suggest that you can be a follower of Christ, a Christian, and believe that man can one day become gods or demigods (son of god like Hercules):
- What do you believe about the Person and Work of Jesus?
- What do you believe about the Trinity?
- Do you believe in justification by faith alone?
- What do you believe about the authority of scripture?
How that individual answers these questions will give you a pretty good idea whether or not they are following the Jesus of the New Testament. There are many different versions of Jesus that try to mislead people to believe a false version or anti version of Him…Biblical Eschatology refers to these false Jesus’s as anti-christs (not to be confused with THE anti-christ).
To help clear up any further understanding when I refer to a “child of God” in the remainder of this post I will be referring to what the Bible defines it to be, just to make sure that we are all on the same page.
Where were we…ah yes “What is a Child of God?” Maybe it would first help to list some scripture, place some Bible down as the foundation that we play on top of in this post. In no way is this an exhaustive or complete referencing of what the Bible says about what a child of God is but it is just a snipit.
John 1:12: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
To be honest that was pretty straight forward and more direct than I had previously thought. Of course the “he” in this passage is referring to Jesus. If you need more Bible (who doesn’t?) here are some more verses that help in understanding what or who is a child of God:
Galatians 3:25 “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
1 John 3:10 “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
Romans 8:14-17 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Hopefully that helps…now here is a follow up question to the question that this post is featuring…how do I become a child of God? That will be for another post….
Why another post? Because there is a quick answer and then a really deep, deep, heavy (Marty McFly voice) answer….but it has given me such comfort and joy….and peace in knowing how I became a child of God…I have truly been set free and liberated by knowing how it all happened…
As a teaser into the future post that answers the question “How do I become a child of God?” take a look at this to prepare you for what lies ahead. I pray that the Lord will bless you and guide you in His will and His purpose for you and your life:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
All Bible references are from the English Standard Version (ESV).