Whoever receives Christ in their heart is a child of God. This is why the term “believer” or “child of God” is preferred to the term “Christian”. For many, the term “Christian” is just a name they tick while filling out a form. For others, it is a term they grew up using; they were born into a family that used the term or they grew up in a predominantly Christian nation. It is possible for a person to grow up using the term “Christian” without having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
It may surprise many that there are people who believe in Jesus Christ and believe that He is the Son of God, yet do not call themselves Christians. Merely calling/naming oneself a “Christian”, ticking a box, does not equate to being a child of God. Church membership, the multitude of good works or being good does not mean you are saved.
“As many as received Him”- John 1:12
Whoever receives Jesus Christ, whoever believes in His name: He gives the right to become a child of God. Whether Pharisee, Sadducee, learned, unlearned, male or female, to them He gave the privilege of sonship to God.
Who are those adopted into God’s family?
The family a person is born into does not qualify them as a “son of God.” The Church a person attends does not qualify them as a “son of God.” Only those who have become born again (they have received the new-birth) have been re-born into God’s family. Only those who have been adopted into God”s family, can be called a true son or daughter of God. To them, He has given power to become a “son of God.”
You become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ alone (Galatians 3:26). Whoever believes that Jesus is Christ, is born of God (1John 5:1). There is no sonship to God without living faith in Christ. Those who believe in the son of God are the true sons and daughters of God.
Come boldly before His throne of grace today. Receive Jesus Christ, accept Him with a willing heart today. Take Him as your personal Lord and saviour. . Rejoice and again I say, Rejoice!
© Ruth Dickson Online Evangelism RuthDicksonAuthorUK 18.11.15
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