“I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side, and your actions also reflect what you have heard and learned from your father.”
The Thinking of Almost Everyone Today–Thinks They Are a Child of God.
It doesn’t seem to matter if you are a Hindu, Buddhist, animist, new age or Christian or none of the above. Almost everyone seems to hold the belief we are all children of God.
Bit is it TRUE? Have you ever wondered who the REAL CHILDREN of God are? Does God possibly have anything to say about it?
THE WORDS OF CHRIST JESUS AND THEIR MEANING:
The words spoken in John 8:38 were the words spoken of JESUS to those who surrounded Him with piercing and angry eyes and cruel tongues.
Our Lord and Savior declared that He had been with His Father before He spoke with the religious Jews around about Him. And, He had been, for He was with the Father before the worlds were formed. He saw all that the Father did and He helped in doing it–“without Him was not anything made that was made.” He was the Father’s eternal delight!
Implication Of The Relationship of father and son among men.
JESUS says that one exists before the other but it’s not implied of the relationship between Father and Son. It is a great mystery in explanation, in the terms FATHER and SON. The nearest similarity that can be given in our poor understanding of the relationship existing between them. And yet is the Father eternal and the Son eternal–the Son coequal and co-eternal with the Father.
Though JESUS is…unto us the Child born and the Son given, YET He is equally “the Everlasting Father,” who was and is and ever shall be One with the eternal God!
THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF “UNIVERSAL FATHERHOOD”:
The 2 or 3 things that stand out in the John 8:38 passage that point out “Universal Fatherhood” is A LIE:
“I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side…”
Then there are two fathers; there are two sets of children–there is a Father who Jesus calls, “My Father”–and there is another father who He calls in speaking to the Jews who hated Him– “your father.”
The prayers beginning, “Our Father, Who is in heaven,” never meant to be used by every body. In the mouths of the ungodly, it’s out-of-place. God is not their Father. “You must be born again” before coming the children of God.
The Scripture statement is clear:
 “But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–“
 “Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God]” (John 1:12, 13 AMP).
An evangelist was trying to help a woman understand John 1:12; what it means to receive Christ:
“Your last name is Wilson, isn’t it?” he asked.
“Yes,” she said.
“How long has it been that?”
“Ever since my husband and I were married 30 years ago.”
“Tell me,” he said, “how did you become Mrs. Wilson?”
She paused. “It was at the wedding. The minister asked me, ‘Will you have this man to be your lawful, wedded husband?’ and I said, “I will‘. With those words I became his wife.”
“Didn’t you say, ‘I hope so,’ or I’ll try to take him as my husband?” asked the evangelist.
“No,” replied the woman. “I said, ‘I will and I did.’ That’s all there was to it.”
The evangelist explained that God wanted her to receive Christ Jesus as her Savior in the same way. She saw the point made and stated, “HOW SIMPLE!” Wondering why she hadn’t said “I will” long before.
“All of us are ALL Children of God”–
I’ve heard this statement from a minister in religious garb, in a TV political ad supporting Gay Marriage on the Washington State ballot this November. I have heard the same view many times before: “well…ya know…I mean……after all…no matter who we are and where we come from…when its all said and done…we are ALL God’s children.”
I’m not sure where these statements originate from…but it has no Biblical basis in fact.
The Gospel of John–
One of my favorite verses in the ‘Renewed Covenant’ is found in the 1st Chapter:
“There it was–the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illuminates every person” (John 1:9 AMP).
THE “TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD” HAVE, THE NATURE OF THEIR FATHER:
We re not full-grown yet, some of us are tiny babies. It’s not always easy to detect the Father’s likeness in His infants. That likeness comes out as the child grows up and as the man appears.
The similarities between father and son can be striking at times and it could be hardly traced when the boy was little. It is the same scenario with us in our relationship with our heavenly Father.
The Spirit of God, in Regeneration.
Man/Women has only body and soul when entering this world; until this miracle is worked, but then when born-gain–they become body, soul and spirit–rising into a higher sphere, entering into another world which he could not enter before.
I like this passage of Scripture in 1 Corinthians:
“But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated” (1 Corinthians 2:14 AMP).
“The first man Adam, was made a living soul” and we are made in his likeness. “The last Adam was made a quickening Spirit” and when we are born again, we receive His likeness; we participate in the quickening and rise into the Nature and Image of God.
True Children Imitate Their Father–
“THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]” (Ephesians 5:1 AMP).
It curious to see how children will imitate their parents. I remember when our daughters were little girls and they would go into their moms closet, pull out her high-heeled shoes and model them in front of us. They seemed to feel so grown-up and be like mom.
I remember having 4- cords of wood stacked in front of our house and then spend hours, days stacking the cut wood along side the property line. And then to my surprise, my son Kevin came up to me with an arm full of cut fir and asked, Dad…where do you want this wood stacked. In his own young way, he was helping and imitating his dad in chores.
It’s a habit of children to imitate–they can’t help it. So, if we are the children of God, if we dwell with God, the instinct of imitation manifest itself. We try doing those deeds of kindness and love, acts of righteousness which God is doing!
And it will be said of us: “You do that which you have seen with your father.”
THE DEVIL’S FAMILY SHARES IN THE DEVIL’S NATURE:
The “gloomy” side of the story.
The devil’s family members are sure to speak that which they have seen and heard their father, too. For instance, there are some people who speak in opposition to most Christian beliefs. They cannot stand them–never a good word spoken and denounce their motives.
Now, I don’t wonder or speculate why the say and do the things they do and say because their father did the same long time ago. I loved the line in the 1994 movie, Forrest Gump: Stupid is as stupid does. If ones father practiced stupidity, then it only comes to reason their children would copy their stupidity. One of Satan’s names is “the accuser of the brethren.”
Did the devil ever have a good word for our Father? NO! Then he will never have a good word for His children. Charles Spurgeon once said, “The highest compliment the devil can pay to virtue, is to hate it.”
The Devil’s Children Frequently Speak In Untruths.
UNTRUTH in speaking becomes…“white lies” and becomes tolerable in society. Do you know who was a liar from the beginning?–the father of lies–and they who cannot or will not speak the Truth of God. Children of that ancient liar–they will have to go home to their father one day. They are not the children of God, for God’s children should hate a lie! When their word is once given, they will stand to it, even if it hurts.
When you are not TRUE, you’ve not been with the great Father of Truth; you must have learned the “half-truths” from the great father of lies.
A “NATURE TO BE CHANGED” IS NEEDED IN TODAY’S WORLD:
It is of little use for you to try to change your outward character or someone else:
–self-will and so forth.
What you need is for your NATURE or theirs, to be changed. “When the fountain is made sweet, the streams will be sweet” ~ Charles Spurgeon. In other words, Mr. Spurgeon is saying that what comes out of it will still be impure.
You must be born again!
Believe in Christ and you are born again!
“ NOW THERE was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler ( a leader, an authority) among the Jews,  Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles–and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him.  Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God” (John 3:1-3 AMP).
JESUS continues the conversation with Nicodemus and we pick up His emphasis in verse 6:
“What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
The ACT OF FAITH indicates that the new birth has taken place; from spiritual death to spiritual life; a new creature in Christ Jesus. The moment that God gives you the Grace to TRUST yourself with Christ, He also has renewed you nature!
When you believe and trust in the Lord Jesus, you become a new person in Christ; a child of God. That is THE TRUTH! Anything else is a LIE!!
If you are then a child of the King, go out and tell all what you have seen and heard while in the presence with your Father. I’m proud to be a Child of God–how about you?
“I ‘m A Child of the King”
by Bill and Gloria Gaither
Oh, yes, oh yes, I’m a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing
Praise God, praise God, I’m a child of the King.