Are All People Children of God?

It requires little awareness of commonly held ideas to surmise how some will respond to that question…

“How could it be otherwise?”

“Are you a racist or something! Of course we are!”

“Is this a trick question? What are you saying?”

What is being said is that there is more to be said! There is more to be known about God, the Giver of life to all us human beings, and His relationship to us. The objective here is not to burst anyone’s bubble. Instead, why not use bubbles allegorically. Please imagine two great bubbles, one inside the other. Now follow along with that idea in mind…

Did you know that the Bible directly assigns immediate, divine sonship to TWO men? Let’s consider two Scripture passages:

Luke 3:28 – “…the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” This verse is the last clause in the ascending geneology of Christ which Luke provides. At the top of the list is Adam, the son of God by creation.

Through His mother Mary and her forebears, Jesus is among the physical descendants of that first of two men who had no human father, namely Adam. But Luke had previously written this about the second Man who had no human father, namely Jesus Who was born miraculously of a virgin:

“And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’ ” (1:35)

That verse is one of many (Cf. the prophetic statement of Psalm 2:7, John 3:16 one of the most known and beloved texts of Scripture, Mark 1:1 and many others) designating Jesus as the Son of God in a unique way. Although Jesus is physically descended from Adam and is a true Man in every respect except sin, He is also the eternal Son of God incarnate. On account of His virgin birth, the Lord Christ does not share in the guilt and corruption with which all other descendants of Adam come into the world. More on that presently.

Returning to the two bubbles anaglogy and confessing that we are all descendants of the first man who has no ancestors, namely Adam the created son of God, we assert that the outer bubble circumscribes the general fatherhood of God. All human beings are born within that outer bubble. Yes, in that Adamic sense, all people are children of God.

But big, big trouble arose in the family.

It will require an open mind to gain understanding of what is being taught in such a passage as the following one, found in the same Bible which speaks in various places of God’s provision, tender mercies, and kindness to all mankind:

From the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (2:1-3) “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

What does dead in trespasses and sins mean? Who are the sons of disobedience? Who are the children of wrath? Am I one of them? Hopefully many will find such questions arising in their breasts after reading Paul’s inspired words.

Here is more Biblical food for thought, from another apostle who wrote it with reference to Jesus Christ the Son of God with a capital S. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)

BECOME children of God? Yes! Now we begin to discern the nature and contents of the inner bubble. In the midst of the entire human race (the outer bubble) is what we might call a new humanity. The first humanity, the descendants of Adam, died in trespasses and sins and were disowned by the great Father. We all became children of wrath; in plain old fashioned language, sinners. An unbiased look at human history, an objective assessment of the present human condition, and an honest look into our own hearts bear out this truth.

Sin entered the world through our first ancestor who passed along to all of us, except One, sin’s guilt and corruption. No longer do we have a filial relationship with our Creator by nature. Now we stand before Him condemned as criminals before a perfectly righteous, all-knowing Judge.

But the Creator and Judge is also a Redeemer. He refuses to abandon the amazing goal He purposed primevally, namely to beget a vast family, an innumerable multitude of people made in His image and reflecting His glory. From all eternity, God had a plan!

Those who have received Jesus Christ and those who will receive Jesus Christ as He is offered in the Gospel are the inhabitants of the inner bubble.

Hebrews 9:14 is one of several Bible verses which succinctly describes just how Jesus Christ is offered in the Gospel: “…how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Jesus is offered in the Gospel as the once for all sacrifice for sin Who died once but rose from the grave because He conquered death, now alive forevermore and mighty to save. He Himself is without sin, and uncorrupted not only because He is the eternal Father’s eternal Son, having with the Father the same eternal Holy Spirit, but also because through His virgin birth He does not share covenantally (“legally”, so to speak) in the misery that came upon all the rest of Adam’s physical descendants when Adam failed the probation of the garden of Eden.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ who is called the last Adam at 1 Corinthians 15:45, forgiveness and complete reconciliation to the heavenly Father is offered as a FREE GIFT. Whosoever will, whosoever believes on Him, moves from the outer bubble of rubble to the inner bubble where there is no more trouble.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is no longer a descendant of Adam the disinherited first son of God. He or she is no longer an enemy under divine condemnation, awaiting dreadful sentencing by the Judge. Thanks to the greater and eternal Son of God, the believer in Him calls upon God the Father as Daddy.

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