In relation to the human race, we often hear people say, “We’re all God’s children.” This, however, is not supported by Scripture. In fact, Scripture clearly lays out just who are and who are not the children of God.
Children of God and Children of the Devil
Children of God
John 1:12 Those who receive Jesus
Romans 8:14, 16 Those led by the Spirit of God
Romans 9:8 Children of the promise, not children of the flesh
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Believers, not unbelievers
1 John 2:29-3:2 Believers
1 John 3:9-10 Those who practice righteousness
Children of the Devil
Matthew 13:37-39 The tares are the sons of the evil one
John 8:38, 41-45 Those who reject Christ and His words
1 John 3:8, 10 Those who practice sin/do not practice righteousness
To find out the purpose and exactly how to use these Bible Reference Notes, check out the explanation in my first installment The Holy Scriptures. See also the other following installments of Bible Reference Notes:
Whose Name Good for dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Hell and the Eternal Soul Good for dealing with those who deny the existence of Hell (like Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Who’s Responsible for Salvation: God or Man? Good references for those who think God needs a little help in our salvation.