We Are His Offspring: His Children

We Are His Offspring: His Children

All who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord are children of God.  Here is what the Bible says.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name . . .  (Joh 1:12 NKJV)

For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring.  (Act 17:28 KJV)

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith . . . (Gal 3:26 NIV)

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  (Rom 8:14 NIV)

The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are His children.  (1 Joh 3:1 NIV)

Characteristics of Children

  • In Christ, we are children of God through faith. As such, we are able to feel an affectionate, devoted, and respectful confidence in our Father God.
  • We know that we are greatly loved by our Father. We recognize that we are precious to Him.
  • We have a spirit of ready obedience to our Heavenly Father—because of our love for Him and His love for us. We have an earnest desire to obey Him because we trust that His plans for us are totally good and always in our best interests.

Advantages that Children Receive

  • We are in a loving relationship with our Father, and are continuously surrounded by His supernatural and miraculous favor.
  • We are forgiven, cleansed, and free from bondage.
  • We are entitled to fellowship and communion with our Father.
  • Our Father gives us wise counsel and teaching by the Holy Spirit.
  • Exceeding great and precious promises have been given to us by our Heavenly Dad. We are encouraged to “ask and receive so that our joy may be full.”

Trust God to pour out the benefits of salvation in Jesus Christ upon you.  Because we are His children, He invites us to turn to Him and ask Him for everything that we need.  Put away any timidity, and with loving trust and assurance, ask Abba Father to meet your needs right now.  God bless you.

Seek the Well Being of Others

Seek the Well Being of Others

As children of God, our actions will naturally imitate the actions of our Heavenly Father.  God cares for each and every person.  He is pleased when—instead of being selfish—we look for opportunities to help and to bless other people.

Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.  (1 Cor 10:24)

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus  . . . (Phil 2:4-5)

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth . . . (1 Cor 13:4-6, underscoring added)

God is love (1 Joh 4:8) so the passage of Scripture above outlining the nature of love gives us a very good picture of the nature of the God whom we serve.  This reveals how the Lord deals with each person individually, and helps us to understand His love for mankind.

In these verses from the Bible, we can see that working on behalf of other people in order to bless their lives will also result in bringing glory to God.  This is what we who serve the Good Shepherd are called to do.  We’re called to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ; to bring glory to God; and to spread the Good News.  In so doing, the very works of God will be revealed in us.  (Joh 9:3) Have a blessed day!

No Discrimination in Christ

No Discrimination in Christ

Here’s a reassuring thought:  God has no favorites and He shows no partiality!  If you grew up feeling that your mom or your parents had a favorite child (who was not you), this will be very meaningful to you.  It will give you reason to feel more thankful than you might have previously.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  (Gal 3:26-28)  We are all children of God.

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Gal 5:14)

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality . . . (Ac 10:34)

For God shows no partiality.  (Rom 2:11)

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.  (Rom 12:16)

These passages from the Scriptures advise us to love all people and to freely associate with everyone.  We are all equal in His sight because each and every human being was created in the image of God.  God wants every human being to be saved by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

God offers salvation to all mankind as a free gift.  He isn’t withholding it from certain continents, from specific nationalities, or from people with a certain blood type.  His invitation is open to each and every person on planet earth.  Glory to God!  And He has given us each a free will so that we can choose our own destiny.  We can say “yes” to God or we can say “no.”  The choice is ours.

And then, we must keep on choosing, day by day, to serve the Lord with a joyful heart and to remain steadfast in Him.  As long as we stay in close relationship with the Lord, He gives us His gift of grace to make such choices easily and with a sense of contentment.  Hallelujah!

You Are God’s Temple

You Are God’s Temple

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  (1 Cor 3:16-17)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  (1 Cor 6:19)

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  (2 Cor 6:16 – emphasis added)

The Word of God tells each and every believer, “You are the temple of the living God.”  That’s pretty mind-blowing, right?  Yes, we may accept it as fact that the Spirit of God indwells each one of us, but have we really thought deeply about it? 

The physical, earthly temple of the Israelites had three parts:

  • the exterior of the structure and outer court;
  • the holy place (which the priests, alone, could enter), and
  • the Holy of Holies within the veil that could only be entered once a year.

We also have three parts: 

  • Our body, the exterior part;
  • Our soul where our minds, emotions, and will reside; and
  • Our spirit, our inner heart—where the Spirit of God dwells and through which He works His works and sanctifies us wholly.

With respectful and joyful confidence, we need to ponder this mystery.  The Spirit of God will direct our thoughts, actions, and lives if we will lovingly yield to Him.  If we will obediently learn to be sensitive to the inner voice of the Spirit, He will unveil the mysteries of our faith to us.  He will commission us to serve Him, and to serve others in the name of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit is our guarantee of relationship—belonging.

. . . who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.  (2 Cor 1:22)

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise . . . (Eph 1:13, see also Eph 4:30)

We are sealed with the Holy Spirit.  This seal identifies us to angels and demons as being children of God and anointed by God—set apart unto Him.  We belong to God; we are His prize and His possession.  Take some time to ponder this truth, and to revisit it from time to time.  You are blessed!

No Longer a Slave, but a Child!

No Longer a Slave, but a Child!

We used to be, at one time, slaves to sin.  But we are no longer slaves, but are counted as children of God since we’ve accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord.  We are children of God forever!  Remember that a child of God is also an heir of God through Christ.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.  (Gal 4:6-7)

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  (Rom 8:15)

And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.  (Rom 8:17)

Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.    Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.  (Joh 8:34-36)

A reading of the book of Philemon will assist this study very nicely.  Paul wrote to Philemon, who was a believer in Colosse.  One of Philemon’s slaves, Onesimus, had stolen something and run away.  Under Roman law that was punishable by death.

Paul was a prisoner when he met Onesimus; and through Paul’s ministry, Onesimus became a Christian.  Once Onesimus was born again, he was willing to return to Philemon.  Paul explained to Philemon that Onesimus had become useful to Paul and now, Onesimus could also be useful to Philemon. 

Paul proceeded to explain to Philemon that he was sending Onesimus back as a brother in Christ, and Paul added that if Onesimus owed Philemon ANYTHING at all, to charge it to Paul’s account!  Paul made himself responsible for Onesimus’ debt.

In the same way, we were slaves to sin, but Jesus gave His life to pay the account in full for every human being on earth.  Jesus so thoroughly reconciled us to God the Father, that we are now children of God and joint heirs with Christ.  (Rom 8:17)  Glory to God!

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will . . . (Eph 1:11)

. . . giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  (Col 1:12 – underscoring added)

Recognize who you are and to Whom you belong.  Step into your inheritance, sons and daughters of the King!

You Are Loved

You Are Loved

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  (Ps 121:4)

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, and to those who have NO MIGHT, He increases strength.  (Isa 40:28-29)

Encourage yourself with the knowledge that God does not grow faint or weary.  God does not sleep, but He watches over us protectively and lovingly.  He doesn’t forget about us or lose interest in us!  We are “on His mind” continuously because of His great love for each and every one of us. 

Here are a few ways in which God showed His love for us:

  1. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (1 Jo 4:9 – See also, Jo 3:16-17; Ro 5:6-10)  God loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world so that we could live through Him.
  2. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 Jo 3:1-2)  He calls us His children.
  3. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ro 8:38-39)  Nothing can separate us from His love!

You are loved!  Let’s share that love with someone else today.

With God, All Things Are Possible

With God, All Things Are Possible

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26, underscoring added)

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”  (Mk 10:27, underscoring added)

For with God nothing will be impossible.  (Lk 1:37, underscoring added)

But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  (Lk 18:27, underscoring added)

Each of the Scripture verses shown above state that “with God” ALL things are possible.  “Possible” means achievable, doable, or workable.  How delightful it is to recognize that with God, no solution or answer is hopeless or unattainable.  But how, you may ask, do we know that we are “with God”?  The Scriptures point the way.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .  (Rom 5:1) We are at peace with God thanks to salvation through Jesus.  Hallelujah!

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God . . . (Rom 8:16)  We are children of God and joint-heirs with Jesus.  Since we are His children, we know that we are “with God.”

As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  (2 Co 6:16)  God tells us that we are His people, and that He dwells within us.  That means we are definitely with God—we actually carry Him with us wherever we go!

Thanks to the God who lives within each one of us, nothing is impossible.  Trust Him and know that you WILL receive answers to prayer.  (Is 65:24; 1 Jo 5:14)  You can receive and experience signs and wonders produced by the power of the living God!