Three Bible verses identify those who are not God’s child, religious or not
Not everyone who calls Jesus “Lord” will enter God’s kingdom. Instead, only those who do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21-23). Conversely, those who follow the ways of the world are considered to be children of the world, and their ruler is Satan (Ephesians 2:2).
Those who follow the world are children of the world, whose ruler is Satan.
Who are not God’s children?
1. Those who embrace worldliness & refuse God’s words
You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and did not stand in the truth because there was no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks from his nature because he is a liar and the father of lies.
2. Couldn’t comprehend & obey God’s words
The one who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason, you do not hear them because you are not of God.
3. They’re unloving and practice unrighteousness
1 John 3:10
By this, the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother (a brother who is God’s child).
How can I be God’s child?
We are God’s children through Christ. The question is, do you belong to Jesus? Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith unless you find that you are a reprobate and fail the examination (2 Corinthians 13:5). [True repentance]
The evidence of being God’s child
- By grace, you walk in the Light as Jesus is in the Light (1 John 1:7).
- By grace, you confess your sins to God (1 John 1:8-10).
- By grace, you keep Jesus’ commandments – (1 John 2:3-5).
- By grace, you walk in the same manner Jesus did – (1 John 2:6).
- By grace, you hate the things of the world – (1 John 2:15-16).
- By grace, you do the will of God – (1 John 2:17; Matthew 7:21).
- By grace, you practice righteousness – (1 John 2:29).
- By grace, you abide not in sin and don’t practice lawlessness (1 John 3:4-10).
- By grace, you love your brothers (in Christ) – (1 John 2:9-11; 3:11; 4:20-21).
Confidence in our goodness does not make us a child of God
Even wicked people do good (Matthew 7:9-11), and the devils believe Jesus, yet they won’t go to heaven. Boasting one’s philanthropic works or church donation doesn’t merit heaven. Indulgence is unbiblical.
Heaven is God’s gift only to those who believe, evident in a repentant life. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The bottom line, being religious or attending church does not make us God’s children. It is by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone. Our unity in Jesus alone enables us to be children of God.