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Bible Reference Notes: “Children of God and Children of the Devil.”

The Bible Reference Notes for today will hopefully clear up a common misconception.

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.


4 comments on “Bible Reference Notes: “Children of God and Children of the Devil.”

  1. Thanks, very helpful stuff!

  2. jesus is great god. He is my father. I asked jesus’ how much do you love me? This much ‘ he answered then he stretched out arms an died. Jesus christ save my family and ME.

  3. @nanu: Jesus is not the Father, even though they are one! Jesus alone died on the cross, not the Father :-)

  4. Andrew, you are correct that Jesus is not the Father. However, Scripture sometimes uses “Father” in a more generic sense of the entire Godhead, to refer to the loving care of our God for us, and to His role as the Giver of life. Thus, we are “born of the Spirit.” In Deuteronomy 32:6 we see that it is our Father that has bought us, yet in the New Testament we see that it is Christ that has bought us with His own blood. Isaiah 63:16 says Jehovah is our “Father” and our “Redeemer” — but we know that Christ is our Redeemer.

    We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3), yet in II Corinthians 6 we see that we are the temple of God, who says He will be a Father to us.

    Several passages speak of God our Father as the Creator, yet we know that Christ is the Creator (John 1:3).

    So I believe we should see the title “Father” as serving two functions. The first is to denote the First Person of the Godhead, the One who Jesus called “My Father”, and who is distinct from Jesus and the Holy Spirit, though one with them. The second is to refer to the nature of our relationship with the entire Godhead, Father, Son, and Spirit, as the source of our physical and spiritual life, and caring over us. In this, the entire Three-in-One is in view.

    Which all goes to say, it is not accurate to say that Jesus is “The Father,” but “my Father” is different. I believe it is consistent with Scripture for a redeemed-by-Christ and born-by-the-Spirit believer to talk about every member of the Godhead, at least corporately and perhaps individually as well, as “my Father.”

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