One of the biggest myths out there is the belief that every single human being on planet earth is a child of God, that is simply not true and no one should be spreading this lie, especially not Christians who should know the word of God which clearly teaches the truth about who the children of God are. So many people boast about being a child of God but do not live lives that actually show that is true. What is true is that we were all created by God, so we are all creations of God, Human beings. To truly be a child of God is a privilege, a privilege that Jesus Christ has given everyone the opportunity to receive but only through Him can anybody receive it, no other way.
Scripture says this, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God children born not of blood, nor will of the flesh, nor will of man, but born of God.” John 1:12-13 John explains in this scripture that, “children born not of blood” are not children of God, meaning that just because you came from your mothers womb (born of blood means natural human birth) does not mean you are a child of God. The part that says “nor the will of man” means that not just because you will it does that make you a child of God, in other words just because you believe you are or declare you are does not mean you are a child of God. “Nor the will of man” this means not even your pastor or any other human being can make you, ordain you, anoint you, bestow upon you, that you’re a child of God simply because they said so. The part that says, “but born of God” is the most important part because this is what makes a person a child of God. To be “born of God” means to be born again, having the Spirit of God dwell in you after you have repented of your sins and believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
John explains that being considered a child of God firstly is a right only God can give, not any of us. It is entirely based upon if you actually receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, if you believe in Him. See at the start of that verse it says, when He came to His own, His own did not receive Him. BUT to those who actually did receive Him they received the right to be children of God. A person who says God does not exist is obviously not a child of God. A person who does not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God is not a child of God. A person who does not believe the truth of God’s word is not a child of God. A person who does not Love God is not a child of God. A person who does do what God says is not a Child of God. They are children of another but not of God, they have another father.
Here is what John says in 1 John 3:10. “So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.” Jesus even goes further to help us understand that not believing Him, not accepting His words but believing lies, not standing in the truth makes a person a child of the devil. “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.” John 8:43-45.
It is written that God causes, “His sun to shine on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45. He doesn’t do these things to the evil and unrighteous because they are His children, because they are not His children, John explained that in the verses already shared above. God lets His sun shine and rain to fall on these persons because of His love, His mercy, and wanting people to be brought to repentance and it is an example of how He wants us to love like Him, this is an example of loving our enemies. If you claim you are a child of God and do not do what He says, you are a liar. It’s pretty simple, if you want to TRULY be a child of God you must believe in Him. You must repent of your sins and be born again, otherwise you have another father.