It’s a phrase we hear often, from a lot of people, in a lot of places. “We’re all God’s children,” they say. Others might add that we are all trying to get to the same place. With all due respect, these people are wrong. We might all be men and women created in His image, but we are not all His children. The Bible says as much:
"For ye are all the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26)
Speaking of Jesus, He reveals that people are either of God or of the world:
"Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not" (John 8:42-45)
Now, it is never my intent to upset anyone. But my responsibility is to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). And while people may argue otherwise, I am doing this out of love. It is a love of Him and by Him and for Him, Him meaning Jesus. He is God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16). He came and died for the sins of all mankind (1 John 2:2). Why? Because God loves us. All God asks in return is that you repent and believe Jesus came and died and rose again, and that you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
It’s been my experience that someone will here question whether they need to repent. “Didn’t Jesus’ crucifixion forgive me of my sins?” they ask. To that I say yes, but I quickly add that we still need to take that step of faith and truly believe (Acts 16:31). Meanwhile, our Jewish friends and acquaintances may feel comfortable in being descendants of Abraham. To that I say God loves them and His blessing is upon those who pray for them (Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 11:2, Psalm 122:6, Genesis 12:3). Moreover, it is God’s will that Jews and Gentiles be saved (Romans 11:23-27, 2 Peter 3:9). That is because all men are sinners, and the wages of sin is death. But God loved us enough to send us His Son, Jesus, to die for us (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8). When you acknowledge that, when you believe that and ask Him to save you, well…welcome to the family.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14)