The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully explained in the children’s Sunday School class. Following the story, the children were asked to draw some picture that would illustrate the story.
Little Bobby was most interested and drew a picture of a car with three people in it. In the front seat, behind the wheel was a man and in the back seat, a man and a woman.
The teacher was at a loss to understand how this illustrated the lesson of Adam and Eve.
But little Bobby was prompt with his explanation. “This is God driving Adam and Eve out of the garden!”
God’s children started giving him fits from the very beginning, didn’t they?
Today, we are going to talk about this idea that I have heard in many churches that I have visited or attended that “We are all children of God.”
Are we? Are we all children of God? Was Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, the ISIS gunman who killed five marines in Chattanooga this week a child of God? What about Hitler? Was He a child of God? What about the abortion doctor, the homosexual, the adulterer, the murderer? Children of God? What about me? Am I a child of God? What about you?
Today we are going to try to identify from the scriptures just what a child of God is.
Galatians 3:26 and 27 says: “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
“In Christ Jesus,” “through faith,” “clothed yourselves with Christ.” Those are pretty exclusive words aren’t they?
You know, when you clothe yourself, it is as if you are putting on the uniform of Christ. When you have an employee that faces the public, you want them to wear a uniform so that when people see them, they are reflecting your brand. They are reflecting who you are. And so it is with Christ. We are to put on the uniform of Christ and in so doing, we are Children of God through faith in Him.
We live in a world today that says that it doesn’t matter what you believe, all roads point to heaven. We live in a world today that says Jesus was all about love and peace and acceptance and inclusion. But these very words, penned by Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit tell a completely different story.
When I started this message today, I asked if the shooter in Chattanooga was a child of God. Well, based on this scripture today, was he in Christ Jesus, through faith, clothed with Christ? I can’t answer that as only God knows his heart. Based on his fruit, no.
What about Hitler? Well, based on this scripture today, was he in Christ Jesus, through faith, clothed with Christ? I can’t answer that other than to say, based on his fruit, no.
You see, when we talk about all roads leading to Jesus, we could literally not be farther from the truth. Jesus said these words in John 14:6:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
That sounds pretty exclusive to me. Jesus literally is the way. He is the truth. And He is the life. There is no eternal life without The Life.
Please don’t fall for the lie that is perpetrated on Christian belief today by a culture that wants nothing more than to expel God from the public square.
It Does matter what you believe. Look at what Jesus says in Matthew Chapter 7 verse 21:
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” 22 “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’” 23 “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
And you know where the evildoers were sent, don’t you?
The culture today says that it doesn’t matter what you believe. I say hogwash. The culture today says that Christianity is narrow minded. You know what? You are right!
In fact, earlier in Matthew chapter 7, Jesus illustrated just how narrow minded Christianity is when he said:
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” 14 “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Were the religious leaders of Jesus’ day children of God? What did Jesus say to them? In John 8:44 we read:
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
So it is very clear based on these scriptures that it is not enough to just be human. It is not enough to just be created in the image of God, for us to be considered children of God
John 1:12 says:
12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”— 13 “children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
If you want to become a child of God, it is simple — receive him! Understand your need of forgiveness for the wrongs you have done.