What does it mean to be a child of God? How does someone “change and become like a little child” in order to enter the kingdom of heaven? These are all important questions, and they go to the core of who a person is as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Consider the following affirmations of New Testament teaching:
If you are in Christ, you are:
–adopted into God’s family (Ephesians 1:4)
–the salt of the earth; the light of the world (Matthew 5:16-18)
–blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3)
–filled in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
–given the Spirit of Sonship by which you can say “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:6)
–under no condemnation, because the law of the spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin & death (Romans 8:1-2)
–blameless and holy in God’s sight (Colossians 1:22)
But how does a person become a child of God? Not by our own ingenuity, or our own intelligence, our own reason or education. Not by our ethnic heritage, our social standing, or by obedience and good deeds. It is only by grace that a person is a child of God.
One becomes a child of God by faith; by believing on Jesus’ name-trusting all of who he is and what he said- and receiving him as your savior. Once you are a God’s child, he will continue to work in your heart through His Spirit and your faith.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12–13 ESV