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Is God Your Father?

Updated on July 9, 2012
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.


Becoming a Child of God

There was a song, written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller called "Let There be Peace on Earth." It is usually sung around the Christmas holidays and has a message about each of our responsibilities to promote peace on this planet. It says that peace should begin with "me." I will admit that peace is a good thing, and Christians should do all they can to promote it. We need to live at peace with everyone, if we can at all do it. However, the goal of this song for peace on the entire earth will only come with the return of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

However, there is another problem with the theology of this song which has always bothered me when singing or hearing it. And it is a common misconception among many. That misconception is the assumption that God is the Father of everyone in this world. The lyrics state:

"With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother, in perfect harmony."

The truth is, there is nowhere in Scripture that talks about the universal fatherhood of God. Scripture is clear that all men are created by God. But because of sin, we are all alienated from Him for eternity.

I. Sin Separated Us From God

Although created in the image of God, man, who should have maintained an intimate relationship with the Lord, lost that relationship. Adam sinned, leading to death (Rom 6:23). But it wasn't just physical death, which is when the soul is separated from the body. It was also spiritual death, which is a separation from God (Ephesians 2:1-3). And, apart from Christ, we will experience eternal death. This is a separation from God forever in what the Book of Revelation calls the Lake of Fire (Revelation 2015).

Far from God being our Father, Scripture teaches that we were without hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:11,12). We, who are Gentiles, didn't even have the hope of the Messiah to come because we weren't part of God's covenant people, the people of Israel. We had absolutely nothing to which we could look forward.

Sadly, being without hope is the worst state someone can be in. Could you imagine a doctor telling you that you've got cancer and there is no hope of curing it. And just think what it would be like for someone to tell you that there is absolutely no hope of seeing your loved one ever again. It is a horrible thought!

Someone has said that: "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, and about eight minutes without air. But he can only live about one second without hope." If people would only have realised how hopeless the situation was before Christ, they might have been tempted to give up on life. And that is where mankind would still be without Him. Sadly, though many in this world don't realize it, that is where they still are, unless they accept the gift of eternal life through faith in Christ.

II. Through Christ We are Adopted into the Family

Scripture teaches us that those who have accepted Christ's sacrifice for their sins were chosen by God "before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him" (Ephesians 1:4). It goes further to tell us that: "In love He, (God the Father), predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself...." (1:5a). We who originally were not a part of the family of God, who were His enemies, have been adopted through faith in Jesus Christ.

Becoming part of God's family is not automatic to every human being. It is by invitation of God and He extends that invitation to all who believe and receive Jesus Christ. John 1:11,12 indicates that God the Son gives us that right. It states:

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."

We enter into that family through the New Birth which our Lord talked about in John 3. We were once spiritually dead in sin. Christ gave us a new life as sons and daughters of the Living God.

II. We are Heirs and Joint-Heirs with Jesus Christ

We learn in Romans 8:14-16 that by faith we have received and are lead by the Spirit of God. God is now our Abba. This is an informal Aramaic term for Father. It's the same as saying that God is our daddy. Like a child can address his daddy, we can address our heavenly Father. Not only that but the believer has been made an heir of God and joint-heirs with God the Son. The Father has appointed the Son to be heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2). And every adopted child will receive the full inheritance that Christ receives by divine right. Literally everthing in the universe belongs to us because it was given to Christ. This is totally beyond what any of us can fathom. It's no wonder that the Apostle John proclaimed:

"See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are..." (IJohn 3:1).


So I ask you: Is God your Father? He wants to be. He's done all the work so that you can be adopted into His family. All you have to do is accept the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ for your sins, and you too can be an heir and joint-heir with Christ. What a wonderful future you can have. You can go from no hope, to an eternal hope. For the Christian, our best days are always ahead of us. Come join us in His forever family today!


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      Jeff Shirley 

      7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I would also like to add that in Ephesians 1 where it says that we have been chosen by Him before the foundation of the world, and that He predestined us to the adoption as sons, that it was through faith in Jesus Christ that we were actually made sons (Ephesians 1:5). And later in that passage it says that we who were predestined, listened to and believed the message of truth, the gospel of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13) Once again it is faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives us the right to be called the children of God.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Once again Ephesians 4 is written to believers in Jesus Christ. And the context here is the unity of the Body of Christ. Paul is asking all believers to preserve that unity. We are united because there is one body, and one Spirit, just as also we were called in one hope of our calling. Then Paul goes on to say that there is " one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all." Paul is saying that we as believers all have these things in common, so we should remain unified. In this context he is referring to God being the Father of all believers, members of the Body of Christ.

      Surely you'd agree that not all mankind is united by one faith, for not all have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And certainly not all have been baptized into the Body of Christ. You have to read the context here, and Paul is showing all the commonalities of those with the faith in Christ.

      And as far as salvation, Jesus' final act did seal the deal of the world's reconciliation. But everyone must accept that act of the resurrection by faith. John 3:36 says that: "He that has the Son has life, and he who does not have the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abides on him." Jesus talked about those who would come to Him one day at the judgement and say that they did all types of things in His name. The Lord will reply to them: "I never knew you" (Matthew 7:23).

      The book of Galatians says that believers are sons through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). It is faith that makes a person a son. All creatures belong to God in the sense that He is the creator and sustainer of them all, but not all are sons. John says that sonship is a priviledge given to those who believe (John 1:12).

      Romans 1 tellls us that the world indeed knew God, but did not glorify Him as God. There is no place that says that they were secret sons and didn't realize it. Rather they knew Him and chose not to glorify Him as God. And so God gave them over to their sinful behavior.

      God's acceptance indeed is not based on anything we do. It is however, based upon what Christ did, and our acceptance of that through faith (John 3:16, John 3:36; Ephesians 2:8,9). Those who do not accept Him are not saved, and the Bible tells us that they will one day face an eternity apart from God (Revelation 20 among others).

      It is interesting that you say that a Son can't choose his father. Well the wonderful thing is that believers have been chosen by God to be sons (Ephesians 1:4,5). We did not choose Him (John 15:16). And none of us deserves it. How that He could choose me to be His son is beyond my capability to understand, but the Bible indicates that this is so.

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      Steve Essary 

      7 years ago from Johnston City, Illinois

      One never chooses his parents. God IS the Father of us ALL. In Ephesians 4, Paul says there is ONE God and He is the Father of us ALL.

      Just because Jesus said these people were sons of the devil doesn't mean that what He was saying was not symbolism... besides, Jesus Final Act, His Resurrection, sealed the deal for the World's reconciliation. We are ALL God's children and have been reconciled to the Father through the Son.

      Nobody is required to accept their parents. That doesn't mean that your mom isn't your mom just because you don't act like her or want her in your life. God's love and acceptance of you is NOT AT ALL based on your love and acceptance of Him. He wouldn't be God if otherwise.

      It is true that because of Jesus' death, on our behalf, believers can now call themselves God's children. That, however, does NOT mean that non-believers are NOT His, it just means they do not realize it. :) It is good to be a believer but God's acceptance of you is not based on anything you do.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I respectfully say to you Dave that you are mistaken. The passages that you are referring to are spoken to Christ's disciples and not to those in the world. For instance, Jesus was arguing with the Pharisees and told them that they were doing the deeds of their Father. They said that Abraham was their Father. Jesus told them that if they were Abraham's children they'd do the deeds of Abraham. But they were seeking to kill Christ.

      Then the Pharisees said that they had one Father, God. Jesus told them that if God were their Father, they'd love Him (Jesus). Finally Jesus told them this: "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father (John 8:44).

      In I John 3 1-3 there is also a dichotomy between the world and the children of God. It says:

      "See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us because it did not know Him." Those in the world are never called the children of God. That is a priviledge given to those who are adopted into the family by faith in Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God and Savior of the world.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      God Talk: Excuse Me! This is false teaching. Jesus teaches: Matt: 6: 9-13; and John: 14: 20 are but two scriptures that teach that God is Father to all mankind.

      If scripture teaches that God is creator of all that makes God "Father" to all. Sin only temporarily separates us from our God our Father, God never denies being our "Father" because we have sinned.


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