Many years back, I preached in a remote little town of one of the provinces in the Philippines on becoming a child of God. In spite of my soft spoken voice, however, the Word reached every square inch of the rice fields, houses and farms for at least a mile in radius that night because of the amplified horn that was set up on top of a tree. The next morning, I heard that most of the townspeople were offended by the message. They didn’t like what I’ve said: The fact that not all are children of God.
You see, most people sincerely believe in their hearts that they are children of God because God created them, and they claim that they’re not evil, and they belong to a church.
On the other hand, the Bible declares that not all are children of God. In John 1:12, it says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave them the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” No one has the right or ownership to become a child of God. Only God gives us the right to become one of His children. The truth is if you are not a child of God then what are you?
Becoming a child of God is not joining a church, joining a group of Christians, joining a cause for Christ, or doing good works, or even preaching the gospel. Becoming a child of God is not a religion or having a religious lifestyle. It’s either you are a child of God or of the devil. There’s no in between. Jesus told His disciples that the children of God and the children of the devil shall be known and shall be exposed by their fruits. On the last days the body of Christ needs to have a clear understanding and conviction of who they are in Christ.
You cannot be a child of God and act (talk) opposite of His Word. You cannot fake becoming a child of God. Your real identity will surely come out as time goes by. Your Christian DNA will never be wrong. Sooner or later you will be busted. Test, trials, temptations, along with the time will reveal your real identity. You cannot be a child of God and live defeated, miserable, and fearing the enemy’s bluffs.
A child of God is a new creation. When a person is born again, his spirit or his heart receives the life of God. He becomes a partaker of God’s Divine nature. The Apostle Paul describes what is meant to be a new creation, born in spirit, or a child of God:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV).
First, your old life has been crucified with Christ. As far as God is concern, you don’t have a past. Your past doesn’t exist anymore. You are living in the present, not yesterday or tomorrow, but now. You see, many have a hard time comprehending this truth. They could not accept that their sins were forgiven, and that their sickness and diseases were healed in Christ. When Christ was crucified, we were with Him on the cross. We were crucified together with Him. When Christ was buried, we were also buried with Him for three days. And when Christ has risen from the dead, we have also risen from the dead with Him.
Second, it is no longer you who live but Christ lives in you.
When we rose from the dead with Christ, it is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us. To become a victorious in life, a believer must be aware of this truth. He must acknowledge the fact that Christ is living in him. It is the ability of Christ that is now working in his life. He can boldly confess, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength.” The Spirit of Christ lives in every believer’s body. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. The Spirit of the Lord has librated us from sin, the effects of sin, and from all bondages of sickness and diseases.
Third, you live by faith in the Son of God.
One of the many dilemmas of believers, who have difficulty living in faith, is ignorance and lack of the knowledge of spiritual truths. Faith is trusting God. However, you have to have a revelation of the things Christ has done for you to understand spiritual things. Faith is not a matter of being unsure of the things of God. Faith is you know that you know what God has done for you. Faith is your confidence in God’s goodness, grace, mercy and justice.
Faith is appropriating the result of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Paul said, “If Christ has never risen, our faith is futile.” Therefore, faith can only become active if we have personal revelation of the death and resurrection of Christ. One of the saddest parts of our Christian walk of faith is we seldom, or never heard this truths being preached to us.
If there is a truth that the devil has to hide, this is it: Who you are and what you have in Christ. First and foremost, you are the body of Christ. A right mind takes care of his own body. Second, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit dwells or living in you. The Spirit of God never dwelt the bodies of God’s people during the Old Testament. Not until the new creation came into being that the church becomes His body.
Paul, the apostle for the Gentiles, never ceases to pray for us, that the eyes of our understanding be opened to the revelation of “who we are in Christ”. If a believer knows who he is in Christ, he becomes a powerhouse in the church. He doesn’t ask to be prayed for by the brethren when he is in need, because he knows how to care for himself. In short, he knows how to live in faith. He knows what he is able to do in Christ Jesus.
It takes tremendous amount of time and dedication to meditate God’s Word. Meditation on who you are in Christ builds faith in your spirit. When your spirit is educated by His Word, obedience to God’s word becomes easy. Acting on the word becomes your natural reaction at all times, especially when the enemy tries his bluffs against you.