The children of God are destined to inherit the kingdom of God. All people are not children of God, only those who accept Jesus and are born again become children of God. John the Baptist testified of Jesus and said: ”He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-12
Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” and “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:3,5,6.
The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:16,17 “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” We see that not all children of God will inherit the kingdom of God, they will not all have eternal life. There are certain things that are required of God’s children.
As written in Romans 8:17, if we are children of God we are “heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH HIM so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Being a child of God will lead to suffering, if we obey Him and do what He requires of us. It will lead to suffering, rejection, persecution and even to death.
Many children of God do not obey the words of Jesus, and therefor they are not subjected to the sufferings that come on those who follow Him. We can only be fruitful for the kingdom of God if we remain in Jesus, in obedience to Him. Jesus warned that every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned. Every unfruitful born again child of God will get disowned by Jesus and end up in hell if they do not repent and follow Jesus.
Jesus said: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25“For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26.
It is required of the children of God to conduct themselves appropriately, to live for the kingdom of God and to serve God. Jesus personally delivered the rules that we have to follow to become children of God and the commandments by which we have to live in order to inherit the kingdom of God. They are His words and commandments, as also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Salvation, eternal life comes through faith in Jesus and subsequent obedience to Him. Only those who follow and obey Jesus, endure with Him, suffer with Him until the end, will have eternal life. Those who disobey Jesus, will perish. It is written in John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
How do you become a child of God? Believe in Jesus and accept Him as you Lord and Master. Humble yourself before Him in prayer. Repent of you sins. Ask Him to forgive and pardon your past sins and to accept you as a child of God. Stop sinning. Accept His words and commandments as your future rule and way of living. Be baptized in water. Ask Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit. You will then be a born again child of God as Jesus said in John 3:5,6. “unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
How to live as a child of God? Live in obedience to the words and commandments of Jesus as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Further, be led by the Holy Spirit that He gave in you when you were born again. Follow Jesus, obey Him and stay with Him until the end.
Only those children of God who obey Jesus, follow Him, suffer with Him and endure with Him until the end have the HOPE of eternal life. Take heed of the warning of Jesus that we read in Luke 13:23,24 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
Let us strive hard and make every effort to follow and obey Jesus until the end, so that we may maintain the hope of inheriting the kingdom of God in the end.
May Jesus bless you.