Question: How to become son or daughter of God?
Answer: In order to become son or daughter or one of the children of God, you need to receive Holy Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit or God’s Spirit, as recorded in the Bible in Romans 8:14-17 which says:
Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God,
Father! my Father! God’s Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children. Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ’s suffering, we will also share his glory. (Good News Translation)
At first I thought that all of us are children of God regardless of our religion. However, the verses quoted above clearly say that we have to receive the Holy Spirit before we become children of God.
In other words, all of us are creation of God but not all of us are children of God. Those who have the right to call God, “Father” are only those who have received the Holy Spirit and have been led by the Holy Spirit.
But the question is: How would you receive the Holy Spirit?
This question is answered by Apostle Paul in his letter to Ephesians, which says:
And you also became God’s people when you heard the true message, the Good News that brought you salvation. You believed in Christ, and God put his stamp of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit he had promised.14 The Spirit is the guarantee that we shall receive what God has promised his people, and this assures us that God will give complete freedom to those who are his. Let us praise his glory! (Ephesians 1:13-14, Good News Translation)
According to the Apostle Paul, those who heard the true message became God’s people or God’s children. They are the ones who received the stamp of ownership which is the Holy Spirit.
So, we will receive the Holy Spirit if we will hear the true message.
And where can we hear the true message? Of course, the true message or the Good News or the gospel, are brought by the true messengers of God as what Apostle Paul has said in Romans 10:14-15 which says:
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (New King James Version)
And where can we find the true messengers of God? The same apostle, Apostle Paul, wrote:
In the church God has put all in place: in the first place apostles, in the second place prophets, and in the third place teachers; then those who perform miracles, followed by those who are given the power to heal or to help others or to direct them or to speak in strange tongues. (I Corinthians 12:28, Good News Translation)
According to Apostle Paul, the apostles, prophets, teachers, etc, are placed in the Church. This means that the true messengers of God are found inside the Church. And there are no confusions on what Church is it in which the true messengers of God are found because we already have talked about it several times in my previous posts like in:
This Church is the Church of Christ.
Therefore, if you want to become God’s children or God’s people, you need to enter and become members of the Church of Christ.
About the Author:
Fred Gonzales is a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), but he is not authorized to represent the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ). Therefore, this article should not be considered a Church writing, but just a personal article.
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