Who are children of God?
A very common concept among people is that all human beings are children of God, since we were all created by Him and that He loves us as children.
It is true that we were created by God and that He loves his creation, but the Bible teaches us that not all are children of God. In fact, it is very clearly specified in the Bible to whom God refers as children, and children of whom are those who are not his children.
The apostle Paul tells us in the book of Romans 8.14 one of the fundamental characteristics of the true children of God:
"For all who are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God." Those who have a life guided by His Spirit, are children of God. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things concerning Him in His Word, which is the Bible (Jn 14.26).
Therefore, a person who is not guided by the Bible in their lifestyle, spirituality, faith and morals, can not give a sign that he is a true son of God. The Holy Spirit places in us the desire to obey his Word and that Word cleanses us. Jesus said: "Now you are clean through the word that I have given you" (Jn 15.3)
. How can we say that we are children of God if the Bible is clear that true children are guided by his Word and we do not read it, nor do we know it?
The Lord goes further by declaring that those who live according to the criteria of the world are their enemies. In the book of James 4.4 it says: "O adulteressed souls, do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity against God? Anyone who wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God."
In what terms does the Bible refer to those who do not rule their lives according to His Word and live outside the commands of God? The Bible tells us:
"in which you went in another time, following the current of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now operates in the children of disobedience, in which all of us also lived in another time in the desires of the flesh, doing the will of the flesh, and of the thoughts, and we were by nature children of wrath, as well as others "(Ephesians 2.2-3). Here God refers to those who are not his children, to those who do not live according to his Word, to the corrupt and immoral, and even to those who are "good people" according to human criteria, but live far from God as "children of disobedience" and "children of wrath." Thus, the Bible divides humanity only into two groups: the "sons of God" and the "sons of disobedience."
The apostle John, at the beginning of his gospel, clearly points out how we can become children of God: "But to all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God" ( John 1.12). It clearly says who the children of God are and how this is achieved: "Believe in Him and receive Him." This implies a renunciation of a life of sin and a sincere, humble and genuine approach, without conditions, to live a life according to his Word. It is not a religion, it is not about what one believes, it is not about good works, it is about what God says. There is no other way.