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Who’s Your Daddy?


Who’s Your Daddy? by Julie McAllen

The children of God, who are they?

And if God has children, does the devil also have children?

Who’s your daddy?

In tracing our own human ancestry, we see we had no choice in the matter of who our father, grandfather or great grandfather would be. But do we have a choice who to call the father of our spirit?

It is common knowledge that Jesus Christ came from the line of the Jewish people. In speaking about the Jews, Paul said, “from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ” (Romans 9:5)

This is why Matthew’s gospel traces Jesus’ genealogy from Abraham to Joseph (Matt 1:1-16). But Matthew also records when Jesus presented himself to a new birth receiving another father.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:16, 17)

Isn’t that interesting? It was not until his baptism at the age of 30 that Jesus Christ was clearly identified as the Son of God by the Spirit and voice of God.

Like Jesus, we also were born into this world physically through our parents and are invited to be born again and identified as children of God by His Spirit. But how?

When Nicodemus, a religious leader born of Jewish heritage asked that same question, Jesus replied “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'” (John 3:6, 7)

You must be born again? For a Jewish man like Nicodemus, this was a hard lesson. The Israelites had always been called the children of God tracing their heritage back to Father Abraham. The concept of becoming a child of God through any other means was foreign to him. Nicodemus was born into a spiritual heritage after all. But then again, wasn’t Jesus also? And yet, even Jesus presented himself for this new birth. Even today, many people who grew up within the church having an ancestry of godly parents and grandparents often stumble upon the same lesson. They assume they are children of God validated by the family and religious heritage through which they came. What about us? Do we call ourselves by the name “Christian” because our parents took us to church or we can recite some Bible verses? Or, like Jesus, did we offer ourselves at some point to be born of Spirit and receive the affirmation from God that we are His children?

Could a churched, well-read religious person reject Jesus Christ? The Israelites knew of a Messiah’s coming through the prophets. God himself had separated them from other nations giving them His laws. They were a prepared people. That is why Jesus came first to them. And yet, even these religiously trained people did not all accept him.

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:2,10-14)

It was not just a matter of indifference for some. Thoroughly steeped in their ties to religious heritage more than hindered some Jews from believing Jesus, they wanted to kill him!!

Jesus told them, “I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.” (John 8:37)

Their reply was to stand on their religious heritage. “Abraham is our father,” (John 8:39)

What about us? Do we allow the pride of being affiliated with a certain denomination or family heritage to hinder us from entering the family of God assuming we have no need to be born again? Or in contrast, does our rejection of a bad religious heritage and family keep us from the call to become children of God? Either way, who have we made our father?

Blinded by religion, these Jews assumed their father was God only to be told by Jesus that the devil was their father and they were carrying out his desires (John 8:44). The Bible clearly states there are children of God and there are children of the devil (1 John 3:10) Are we children of God by physical birth or spiritual birth? Was it because of his religious heritage or God’s Spirit resting upon him, that Jesus was confirmed as a son of God? Even the Apostle Paul who could claim his heritage back to Abraham put no confidence in it.

If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. (Phil 3:4-6)

Paul’s confidence was not based on where he came from or even his own faultless righteousness in keeping the law, instead he knew he was a child of God when he was born again by the Spirit.

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3)

A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God. (Romans 2:28, 29)

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. (Galatians 6:15)

In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. (Romans 9:8)

because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:14-16)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We become children of God by the choice to accept and follow Jesus. Only when we are born again of His Spirit, can we truthfully call God our Father. Until that moment, whose child are we?

Who’s your daddy?

Keep yourself in God’s love, Julie

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June 26, 2009 - Posted by | According to Scripture, Expressions | , , ,

2 Comments

  1. Hi Julie~
    Thanks for such a great post! Years ago I used to read these verses and believe they didn’t apply to me, only to a “certain” number. Its great how you brought out how our heritage doesn’t constitute being children of God; only by exercising faith in Christ do we become His children. To answer your question, Almighty God is my “daddy”!

    Thanks again, dear one.
    Linda

    Comment by Linda | June 27, 2009

    • Mmmm..hmmm..heirs to a promise….

      Comment by Julie | June 27, 2009


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