by Jerry Watts

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Live As God's Children (24 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 8:12-17

''We are all God's children!'' Have you ever heard this statement? It sounds good, it seems right, it feels good, but there is absolutely no Biblical truth to it. Today across this nation there is a widely held view that everyone is in the family of God and people will get irate to suggest otherwise. Were we to follow this line of thinking to its logical conclusion, we would be required to conclude that Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Bundy, Dahmer, and Tim McVeigh are all God's children. (Now don't misunderstand; each one of these and others could have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and become a child of God ''IF'' they would come to God on His terms).

We are all God's creation but not necessarily God's Children. Speaking of Jesus the Apostle John writes, ''To all who received Him (Jesus), He gave them the ''RIGHT'' to become Children of God. There exists only two ways to become a part of anyone's family, you can be born or adopted. Some argue that we are born into God's world so we are automatically HIS. But Jesus said, ''You must be born again.'' By the way, when I am born again, into the family of God, I am immediately adopted by God the Father. This is important because a ''birth child'' is in the blood line and has particular rights; however, an adopted child has an entirely different set of rights. When you are born and adopted into a family, you have the best of all worlds and this is exactly what God wants for HIS children. Don't you want to make sure you are His?

Let's do a couple of things this morning, first; let's nail down being in the family. I just mentioned that Jesus said, ''You have to be born again.'' Every person must be born of the spirit. In Acts 2 Peter was asked and In Acts 16 Paul was asked ''what must I do?'' The answer is ''repent and believe.'' Have you done this? Will you do this? This is your invitation to b ...

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