“We will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Many Americans would recognize these inspiring words that were used to change the history of our country, but was MLK Jr. referring to the Biblical definition of “God’s children”?

Those who believe that the Bible teaches that all human beings are God’s children may say that God makes no distinction between people.  They may point to Malachi 2:10 as their proof text.  It states, “Don’t all of us have one Father?  Didn’t one God create us?”  To conclude that the Bible teaches all human beings are in God’s family from this verse would be to ignore other clear teachings on this subject, and to read our contemporary understanding into this verse.  In Malachi, God is clearly addressing the nation of Judah.  If they all have one Father, then why are they breaking the covenant of that One Father?  This is the intended meaning.

To take this position is also to ignore the apostle John’s teaching that the one who does what is right (righteous in God’s sight) is a child of God and the one who does evil is a child of the Devil.  Actually, this is how we can judge between the two (1 John 3:7-10).

Embracing this position would also ignore the apostle Paul’s clear teaching in Romans 8 – those who are led by the Spirit of God are God’s sons.  The people who Paul makes reference to are those who have an inner witness by the Holy Spirit that we belong to God’s family.  So we understand through the Scriptures that children of God are those who practice righteousness and are led by the Holy Spirit; but that is not all.  Paul goes on to teach that those who are heirs with Christ also suffer with him.  This suffering is not that which comes from waiting at a lunch counter, but suffering that comes from being identified with Jesus Christ.  So are you a child of God?  Have you been born of the Holy Spirit?

Repent of your sin today and receive the forgiveness of sins so that you can declare without a shadow of a doubt that you are a child of God according to the Scriptures.

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

Brian L. Spivey

3 thoughts on “ARE WE ALL CHILDREN OF GOD?

  1. It is true that the Bible speaks of human beings in several places as His offspring. In a generic sense, we are all His children because He is the Father of all spirits (Heb. 12:7). But to be the “generic” children of God does not grant us an automatic “right-standing” in the grace of God. The requirement for a relationship with God is not just death, but our sin nature must be dealt with and our sins must be forgiven. Jesus was the begotten Son of God and His Sonship was unlike any other. Those that repent and declare that Jesus is Lord have the privilege of entering into “that sonship,” so that we become the “sons of God.” If a person claims to be a child of God and understands that the wrath of God still abides on and him and he will spend eternity in hell unless he repents and receive Jesus Christ as Savior, then I can live with someone claiming that we are all children of God….
    BUT my limited experience living around my ethnic group leads me to believe that most, including the late Dr. Martin Luther King, had a twisted view of what it meant to be sons of God.

  2. I was prodding you there…as there is always a contrarian to contend with in theology…ha ha

    Biblical terms must always be used in a biblical sense, otherwise truth distortion is the result in some form or fashion. Hence the errors of a purely social gospel and/or liberation theology.

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