Is Everyone a Child of God?

Yes and no.  Yes, every person is made “in the image of God” and therefore deserves respect, kindness, grace.  That’s why teaches us to do unto others as you would have them do to you.

At the same time, the Bible is clear that while every human being is created by God, not everyone is a “child of God.”  The only way to get into God’s family is by being born again into it.  You become part of the human family by your first (natural) birth, but you become a member of God’s family by your second (spiritual) birth.

1 Peter 1:3b, “It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Romans 8:15-16, “ So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’ 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”

The good news is that the invitation to be a part of God’s family is universal.  Mark 8:34, “Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.'”  Acts 2:21, “But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13, “ For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

But there is one condition: faith in Jesus.  Galatians 3:26, “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”

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