Who Are God’s Children?

“We are all God’s children.”

This is a phrase I’ve heard many times both in comments by those in my social circle and by those more famous than anyone I know (i.e., actors, politicians). Most recently, a cruise director said this as she talked about inclusivity and being “one big family.”

Yet, the phrase is simply not true. We are all loved by God (see John 3:16), but we are not all his children. How do we know this?

“All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (Romans 8:14)

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26)

Not Everyone Is

So, God loves everyone, but his children are only those who believe in Christ for salvation. While this is not a politically correct or even comfortable statement, it is the truth. And while not everyone is God’s child, everyone can be his child.

For additional study, see Romans 8, 1 John, and How to Become a Child of God.