There’s an attitude spreading across the globe today that wants us to put our differences aside and live as one big multi-cultural family under God. It says that regardless of what we call Him, we are all God’s children. Well, God does love everyone, but we are not all His children.
We ARE all related biologically, but, we are NOT all related spiritually! And it’s the spiritual part of our life that determines who we are today and where we’ll spend eternity.
God created each and every one of us beginning with Adam and Eve. We are all descendants of these two people, so biologically every person on earth is related regardless of culture or skin color. We are all creations of God.
- And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.—Genesis 2:7a
- And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”—Genesis 1:28
God put a soul into each body that He created and this soul is who we are. We are a soul that has a spirit and lives in a body. The body is our shell, the soul is who we are, and the spirit determines who we belong to.
- And [God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.—Genesis 2:7b
When Adam and Eve lived in the garden, God, our Heavenly Father who is Holy, was able to visit them and spend time with them because they were holy and without sin and so was the garden they lived in. But when the devil convinced Adam to sin through Eve’s temptation, sin entered him and her and God’s Holy Spirit left them. Now He couldn’t visit them directly because they were separated by sin.
God is Holy. Sin cannot live in the presence of God because it will be destroyed. God loved Adam and Eve and He didn’t want them to be destroyed so He sent them out of the garden and into the world where sin lived. It was God’s intention from that second on to prepare a means of salvation that would get sin out of people so they could once again abide with Him in peace.
- Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.—Romans 5:12
Every person born through Adam has inherited this sinful nature. No person is born free of sin or is exempted from sin on their own merits. No one except for Jesus!
Jesus is the Savor that God promised who would take away the sins of the people in the world He created. Although His mother was a very Godly Jewish woman, His father was not an earthly being because earthly beings pass down the sin. The Father of Jesus is God, our Heavenly Father, and so Jesus was born without sin because He was born with God’s Spirit in Him and not the world’s spirit of sin.
- Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.”—Hebrews 10:5
And while most Christians accept that Jesus is their Savor, Lord and King, many new or “so-called” Christians don’t fully understand what was accomplished on the cross that day.
Jesus did not save everyone when He died on the cross! What He did was provide the only means of salvation whereby we can be saved!
- Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6
- For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.—John 3:16-17
Salvation is not automatic! It’s personal and each of us must receive it through the gift of faith that God has given to each of us so we can be saved. This gift allows each of us to realize that Jesus is the Messiah!
- For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.—Ephesians 2:8
Apostle Paul even tells us in Philippians 2:12 that we need to work out our own salvation. This means that we must realize we need the salvation of Christ and that we need to come to Him, accept it, receive it and come out of the world to live with Him.
The last words that Jesus spoke before He died are, “It is finished.” And there is a false doctrine spreading that wants us to believe this means everyone was saved that day. It wants us to believe that “it is finished” means the bonds of sin were broken for all mankind and that every person ever born was made free of its clutches. However, this is not true! What is true is that God’s plan of salvation was completed at the cross that day and Jesus testified to that fact.
This deception does explain the general feeling across the globe that we are all one family—thus the song, We are the World. But it’s a false security that will cost many their lives if they don’t learn the truth. We can’t assume salvation; we need to receive it.
Jesus became the means of salvation for every person that day when He died on the cross and became the propitiation for our sins.
- The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”—John 1:29
But there is something that we have to do to receive this salvation. And that is, we need to repent of our sins—and this means to renounce the sinful nature in us. We need to turn away from sin and refuse to let it be part of our life. We accept that Jesus took the punishment for our sins on the cross that day, and that now we want to be filled with the Spirit of God—God’s nature in place of the old sinful nature. Then we are saved! Then the salvation becomes ours! We are pure before God AND we are His child. We are no longer a child of the sinful world because we choose to follow Jesus.
- The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.—Romans 8:16
- That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.—Romans 9:8
We still live in a sinful world, are still weak in many ways and can be influenced by sin at times, but we are free of the curse of sin. We have God’s Spirit in us to keep us in line, and we have the Bible to teach us how to do that.
- For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.—Galatians 3:26
- Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.—1 John 4:4
There are two kinds of people living in this world: sinners who don’t know Jesus and who are headed to hell when they die, and believers who are saved from the curse of sin and who accept the salvation of Jesus and follow Him into Heaven. Salvation is for everyone regardless of what sins we’ve ever committed, but ONLY those who receive it and accept it and follow Jesus are the ones who belong to God because they are the children of God.
- I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.—John 10:9
- Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”—Acts 2:38
- But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.—John 1:12
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