Who Is a Child of God?

Jesus with a child

A child of God is someone who depends on God and asks for his help in everything. He is a person who relies on God for survival. He can’t do without him.

The children of God are poor in spirit, who acknowledge their helplessness and rely on God's omnipotence. The kingdom of heaven is for them because they will live with God eternally in heaven after their stay on earth (Matthew 5:3).

Some feel they can outgrow the stage of being a child of God in their Christian life. They claim to have outgrown infancy with God and are now a “big boy.” They call themselves sons of God. Anyone led by the Spirit of God is indeed a son of God (Romans 8:14). But a little boy child is a son to the father!

Only Jesus is the son of God that has come to full maturity (Matthew 14:33). No one should equal himself with Jesus. We must continually depend on God as and like a child because we can’t do without him.

Mature Christians were commonly called little ones and little children by Jesus and apostle Paul. Christ said whoever gives a cup of water to his disciples, whom he described as “little ones” will not lose his reward (Matthew 10:42).

John wrote to mature Christians he described as “little children” because they have known the Father. However, he acknowledged the hierarchies of the Christian father. There are fathers of the faith, young men, and little children but no one outgrows dependency on God. Everyone is a child of God (1 John 2:13).

In the physical, we gain independence from parents as we grow in age but in the spiritual, we depend more on God as we come to maturity.

We must remain a child of God and have a heart of a child towards him because we can do nothing without him. A sense of maturity toward God is pride! We indirectly tell him that we have come of age and should have nothing to do with him. We can take care of ourselves but we are just like dust and ashes without him (John 15:5).

A sinner cannot be a child of God. To be a child of God, gladly receive Christ. For as many that receive him, he gave them the power to be called sons and children of God (John 1:12). Accept him as Lord and believe in his death and destruction, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

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