This is the second post in the series, Who Am I? If you want to read the first post you can click this link: Who Am I? I Am Accepted in Christ. Today’s post concerns a very powerful truth. If you are in Christ then you are a child of God. How can I say that? Were we really born from God in the same exact way we were born from our parents? Look to the words of the Apostle John in his gospel.
John 1:11–13 (ESV)
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Being a child of God is a right given to the believer by God Himself! So, to answer my first two questions, how can I say that the believer is a child of God? Because the Bible calls those who follow Christ God’s children. We are children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or man’s will, but born of God. Don’t believe me? Look at what Scripture says!
Matthew 5:9 (ESV)
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Romans 8:14 (ESV)
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Galatians 3:26 (ESV)
26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
Galatians 4:6 (ESV)
6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
This is only the tip of the iceberg too! What I want you to come away with though is that if you have believed upon the name of Jesus Christ for your salvation then you are a child of God. A son or a daughter of the LORD of Hosts! For you who have been adopted, you know this truth in a better way than I do. I was not adopted, but adoption is clearly taught in Scripture. If you are a believer you have been adopted into God’s family. Ephesians 1:5, “he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” Or Galatians 4:5, “to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” You who have been adopted maybe know the joy that being adopted brings to your heart! You maybe grew up in a foster home all your life or an orphanage and then one day a family decided to adopt you! That is what God has done for the believer. He redeemed us from the clutches of sin and death and has made us his children! And you know what?
And you know what? He has promised to never forsake us. Some people know what it is like to have a parent abandon them. But, because Christ was forsaken on the cross for our sins, we are promised that God will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). God is our good Father. Because he is the Good Father we can truly pray:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.