There is a concept in the world and among many who call themselves “Christians” or “believers in God” that God is the Father of all. They will commonly refer to everyone as being a “child of God”.
The question is, is this concept indeed biblical, or is it not? If you’re serious about God, and about truly “making” it to heaven as well as having God’s favor on this earth, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve answered this question properly and according to the teachings of Christ as found in the Bible, rather than what some men and some churches teach. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ,” Paul said to the Colossians (Colossians 2:8). We would do well to heed his warning, because it comes with full biblical approval.
What then does the Bible teach? Here are some verses to compare:
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
This verse says that those who receive Christ, to those who believe on his name, they are children of God. Well, it seems pretty clear. One must become a child of God through faith in Christ. One is not simply “born” a child of God.
In another passage, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3b)
This, in fact, is referring to the same thing as was previously written in John 1:12. The word “born again”, then, refers to being born a second time. Some people call that the “new birth experience”. Well, it’s all about trusting Christ as your Lord and Savior. But it gets much better than that, because it is through Christ that we are led into a personal relationship with … the Father!
A little later, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
Now those are fascinating words, to be sure!
What exactly did Jesus mean when he said, “no one comes to the Father?” This is a two-fold expression — a double “entendre”, in other words.
First, “no one comes to the Father” refers to the fact that no one can see God unless they have personally trusted Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Where do I get that from? Well, from John 3:3b quoted above, for one – “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This “born again” experience, well, that is described back in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him … even to those who believe in His name.” So that’s what it means to be “born again” – and to be “born again” is a pre-requisite for entering the kingdom of God.
Thus, it’s pretty easy to see that John 14:6, in part, is simply referring to the fact that Jesus is the way to God the Father. However, we must not stop at that. Because then we’d be missing out on the really “big” picture of what it meant to be a child of God.
“No one comes to the Father” also refers to the fact that when we are born again, we enter into relationship with God as Father. This we didn’t have before, but now, as believers, we have this new relationship as children of God.
Are you born again? Have you put your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins? This gains you entrance into heaven, but it is really just the beginning of an exciting new, dynamic, living, relationship with God as Father. But don’t take my word for it! Put your trust in Christ today and see what happens!
Please note that the scripture verses quoted have been taken from the NASB as well as King James versions of the Bible.