This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 1 John 3:10
We rejoice in the love of Christ and preach that God is love. That God “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son etc.” is Bible truth. Does this mean we are all God’s children?
If we are all God’s children, why are comparatively few living their lives in harmony with this relationship? Why are men and women perishing and going to a Christ-less eternity? If they are God’s children will He own them at the last day if they persist in their rebellion and sin?
It seems that a lot of God’s children if they are such indeed, are on their way to hell, so little does this relationship mean in practice.
The truth is that God is our common creator and daily provider. He mercifully bestows grace on all regardless and is longsuffering to those who are in rebellion against His just rule.
That God seeks the salvation of all and calls upon all to repent is the fruit of gracious love shown to the undeserving. Yet it is only to the “adopted”, to the believer that God is truly a father, to all else he remains a Judge.
To our soft hearted Christianity, God has become too merciful to condemn. God’s love is so unconditional that He will save everybody except maybe the abominably wicked.
I do not want to see anyone go to hell. I have non believing family and friends. Yet if they persist in rejecting the gospel and remain in unbelief they can only receive the condemnation that they have often been warned of.
It is to the scripture and to the testimony that we must turn. If God says the whole world lies under condemnation and that only those who believe in Christ will be delivered, what does it matter what anyone else says .
At last it will be the believer in Christ who will reap the benefits and blessings of being children of God. All else who claim the name or in sentiment are included as such will spend eternity wondering what good it did them to have the name but not the experience of being “the children of God”.
The Battles of life
The battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest in human history. Its first day caused 57,470 casualties. The soldiers were told that by the time the preceding artillery barrage was finished, all they would have to do was walk up and take the enemy trenches. In fact they found the German trench line remained fully intact .The slow moving, heavily equipped and tightly formed British columns were mowed down. The Battle lasted from July to November and only gained the allies a few miles of advance.
Malcolm Fraser was lambasted with his saying “Life wasn’t meant to be easy”. Life is not always easy. The obstacles we face are sometimes insurmountable to our unaided efforts.
Optimism is a good thing: but facing reality is just as important. If someone promises us that if we believe hard enough or give enough, we will have an easy time in the world because we are Christians, it seems they are not listening to Jesus.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33