How can you be certain you are a child of God? We are not born children of God, we become children of God. God wants all people to become His child. There is a way you can be certain, and it will affect your eternal destiny.
Are you a child of God? This is a question we all should think about and know the answer to with 100 percent certainty. Are you sure? How do you know? Here’s the thing, just saying you are because you think so is not the right answer. There is a way to know for sure if you are God’s own child. Let’s look at that today…
I was not always certain I was a true child of God. This really bothered me. And it bothered me a lot! I thought that if I was a child of God, I should know. Not just guess I was or think I was or have someone else tell me I was. Shouldn’t I be certain of this very basic and very important fact? And I did not even realize at the time, this question of my eternal destination!
Yes, I needed to be certain that I was God’s own beloved child, and I hope you do too!
Most of us know who are fathers are here on earth. We are all born with fathers. It’s the same, in an interesting way, with God!
God Our Father
God created all things, so every person is a creature of God. But not every person is a child of God. I know that this may be a bit of a shock to some of you. And I’m pretty sure that some of you won’t believe me. But I am not just saying this because this is what I think. I know this because this is what God says. In fact, He says it over and over!
God’s children are born of Him too. But they are born in a spiritual sense! I don’t know about you, but I would not be happy just being a creature of the God of the universe when I could be His child. And the destination and results are huge and eternal.
The good news is, we can know for certain that we are a child of God. To see the criteria for being a child of God, we need to go to the Bible and look in the book of 1 John.
What a wonderful little book, jammed packed with tremendous truths! It just so happens that the theme of 1 John is….
“THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD”
I love that God wanted us to know this for certain too!
How To Know For Certain
Here is how we can know…
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.” 1 John 5:1
What God is saying through the words of the apostle whom Jesus loved is this…
If you believe that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews and that He came to planet Earth and died on the cross for your sins because you cannot possibly pay your sin debt then YOU ARE HIS CHILD!
It is through believing in Jesus that everyone can be a child of God. And only through Him. You are a child of God if you believe. And believing is a very important thing!
True, saving belief is something that will that causes you to surrender your life to Jesus as your LORD. You might like to read more about true saving faith HERE.
If you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed One of God, this great belief will cause you to confess your sins and ask Jesus to be the center of your life, and then you are born of God and His child.
They Will Know Us By Our Love
If we are God’s child, we will love our heavenly Father. It is the only possible response to His saving grace! We will love Him and believe in His Word and live a life of loving and obeying Him!
If we are God’s child, we will also love His other children. We will love other Christians! Loving others is the sign we are children of God.
Now here’s something interesting, God’s idea of love and our idea of love may not be the same. We need to dig into the Word and discover what God’s love looks like and then do it!
The love of a true believer, a child of God,
So now you know!
God wants all of us to be His child.
He is waiting with open arms and salvation for all his human creatures. Will you run into those All Mighty and merciful arms and be His child?