Galatians 3:25-26 -But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 You are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but, to fulfill it.
The author of this text reminds us that we are no longer under the law. "Grace" through Christ Jesus has come and we who are saved are children of God by "GRACE" through faith alone.
Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 5:17- Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Who are the children of God?
Well, we are given more than one identifying factor in the bible so we will look at one of them.
1 John 5:1-5-Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the one born of the Father. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whoever is born of God overcomes the world, and the victory that overcomes the world is our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
John is declaring that the children of God are those who believes by faith that Jesus is the Christ, The Messiah, The Anointed One from God.
Those who love God the Father and loves the Son who is born of the Father are the ones that the "children of God." We who have been born from above and have been spiritually transformed, renewed in our hearts and minds and set apart for God's service are His children.
Everyone is God's creation, but everyone is not God's children. Everyone one has not accepted Christ and God's atoning work through Him as the ultimate sacrifice for your sins does not belong to Him.
Those who are the children of God puts forth every effort, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow and obey Christ.
Jesus Himself declares in Jon 10:27-28-My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Faith in God's atoning work at calvary was the propitiation for man's sin debt that we could not pay.
Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, 9 not of works, so that no one should boast.
There is no pleasing God without faith. Hebrews 11:6-And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Titus 3:4-7 But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared [in human form as the Man, Jesus Christ], 5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that we would be justified [made free of the guilt of sin] by His [compassionate, undeserved] grace, and that we would be [acknowledged as acceptable to Him and] made heirs of eternal life [actually experiencing it] according to our hope (His guarantee).
How can you tell who the children of God are? Jesus said they are known by their fruit. Are they bearing the fruit of the Spirit? Do you see the characteristics of Christ in them that is displayed in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law.
To be identified as a child of God, you must be "born again." There must be a change of heart and mind by faith from carnal thinking to spiritual thinking. Our minds has to be regenerated by the washing of the Word of God. Romans 10:17- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 12:2-Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
If you have not accepted Jesus by faith as Savior, you are separated from Him and out of the ark of safety.
Seeking salvation? Jesus is it! Acts 4:12-Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
The good news right now today is that if you are reading this blog, you still have time to get connected to Christ by faith.
Romans 10:9-that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, 10 for with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Jesus died just for you! He came to save you! Yes, "LOVE" came just for you and called your name. John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Only the "children of God" will spend eternity with Him.
Does "Child of God" describes you? I can only hope and pray that it does.
Now is the acceptable time. Today is the day of salvation for no man knows the day nor the hour when our last breath will be taken.
Let today be the day that you say to self "I am no longer taking any more risk with my life and my eternal future."
I promise you that if you connect with Christ by faith, you will find that this would be the GREATEST investment you could have ever made in your life time. Nothing is greater! Trust me, everything outside of a personal relationship with Christ if "FAKE" and short lived.
Trust Jesus as your "SAVIOR" on today and you will be glad you did now and when you transition from earth to eternity.
"Child of God' by faith alone! Does this describe you?