Are we all 'children of God'?
A friend of mine recently wrote: "We are all children of God". We hear this often, amongst professing Christians & unbelievers alike. It's a nice thought, but, is it TRUE? Does the Bible say we are all God's children?
by Patte Smith on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:48am ·
Ephesians 2:3 speaks of the unregenerate as being, by nature, 'children of wrath':
"we all ..were by nature the children of wrath"
Far from being beloved family to our great Creator, Romans 5:10 describes human beings as being "God's enemies" because we are sinful from conception (Ps 51:5) We are followers of Satan (Ephesians 2:2) & alienated enemies of God (Colossians 1:21) unless or until we are born-again. Even those in the household of faith, who are false converts, are referred to as 'accursed children' (2 Peter 2:14) whose father is not God, but the devil! Jesus Himself openly declared to religious Jews: "You are of your father the devil.." (John 8:44) These are the words of the Lord Jesus, God in the flesh, who declares; "I & the Father are One" (Jo 10:30), Who is clearly saying that these people were NOT children of His, but slaves of sin & sons of Satan.
Unless or until we are savingly wrought upon by the Holy Spirit, we remain depraved sons & daughters of the devil. Whether we are born in a pagan or Jewish, Muslim or Hindu, Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical or Protestant family, our condition before being spiritually renewed is one of exposure to God's wrath because of our sinful nature. The guilt of Adam is imputed to us at conception. We are not born children of God, but children of the evil one. We must be re-born to become children of God. See Romans 2:14, Romans 2:27; 1 Corinthians 11:14; Galatians 2:15
Bible commentator Albert Barnes explains: "People are by nature destitute of holiness, and exposed to perdition."
We are not born sons & daughters of God but sons & daughters of perdition.
We must savingly repent & believe upon Jesus to be rightly called the child of God. As the Savior has taught, we must be born again!