Sing: Good Father
A popular opinion today is that we are all God’s children. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We are all God’s creation but we are not all God’s children. This is a subtle yet profound difference.
You’ve often heard it said that, “We are all God’s children…” I want to clarify this misunderstanding. We are not all God’s children. This is a very important theological concept to embrace. It might sound nice and wonderful and it gives everyone a good feeling, but it’s simply not true.
All people are God’s creation but not all people are God’s children
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
Again, we are all God’s creation but not all of us are God’s children. The difference between creation and children is profound. God’s creation is placed under judgment, God’s children are given eternal life. God’s creation remains under God’s angry judgment, God’s children experience His grace and His covenantal kindness. God’s creation are filled with natural life that eventually dies, but His children are filled with the Spirit of God, and given life eternal.
Only through Adoption are we God’s children
5 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.
Now the question lingers in the air. Are you a child of God or merely God’s creation? Are your children God’s creation or have they become His children? What about those you know–your friends, work associates, etc? Are they His creation or are they His children?
5 God sent him (Jesus) to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
God’s promise is wonderfully simple–those who believe in Jesus–those who look to Him, are saved from destruction and adopted into His family.
So the next time someone says, “We are all God’s children,” lovingly explain to them the difference between being a child of God and being the creation of God. It may just lead to a conversation about being Born Again!