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Various files of Jackson Street Baptist Church’s Berean Class encouragements to shut ins and others who are not able to cross church thresholds.

Is a Person, any Person born a Child of God

Jackson Street Baptist Church’s Berean Class

Is a Person, any Person born a Child of God / Author Unknown Posted by Cindy Canterbury

 Various people have said to this writer that we are all children of God but as the insert above says, such a claim is not found in the Bible. “In truth many Scriptures say just the opposite. John 1:11-13 for instance affirms this truth: 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Jesus Himself said of the Pharisees: 42 If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:42-44). And finally, John writes: He (Jesus) “11 He came to His own (His own people-the Jews), and His own did not receive Him.12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Verse 12 says that various individuals of His people who did receive Him, He gave the right to become children of God. One does not have to become what one already is. So in truth, no one is born into this world automatically a child of God. But thanks be to God, by and in His sovereignty (vs. 13) He grants the status of being His children to those who by faith turn to Him. What a wonder!

Steve Lampman Facilitator of the Berean Class

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