LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: Who We Are In Christ
Chapter 8: Children of God
8 Children of God
The Apostle John wrote literally an expose' of who we are in Christ
Jesus in 1 John. John starts out dealing with what is necessary
to be transformed from a sinner into a child of God. After that,
John always shows a clear and precise difference between the two
groups, in who they are and in what they do.
I John 1:6-10
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and
walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in
light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not
sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not
All of the above begins with a sinner who is not saved. He must
recognize that he is a sinner, confess his sin, and walk in fellowship
with the Light, the Lord Jesus Christ.
For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God;
We all are born into sin, and lived in sin at the beginning of our
earthly lives. We all came short of, and would continue to come
short of the glory of God. That is, we could not meet the penalty
for sin in the High Court of Heaven, but God met it for us, which is
His Glory in His plan of the ages.
I John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto
you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ
John moves on past the point of dealing with initial confession of sin,
to the point of now being a born-again believer. If you now
stumble into sin, you have an advocate. The Greek word translated
advocate is parakletos, which means helper or counselor. This
term was used in the Greek language for defending lawyers in courts of
law. We who are born-again have a defending counselor in the High
Court of Heaven, Jesus Christ the Righteous. But the
ungodly sinner has only the promise of eternal judgment.
I John 2:12
I write unto you, little children, because your
sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
John calls us little children, because we are the children of God, and
of His household. From 1 John 2:1 forward, John always shows a
clear difference between the two audiences he addresses, the sinners
and the saints.
I John 3:1-2
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us
not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is.
We are now the sons of God, thru the Spirit of Adoption crying Abba,
Father in our hearts. We are born-again spiritually, which is the
unseen. But our natural bodies yet wait the regeneration of
eternal life in the physical realm, which will be seen.
I John 3:6
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever
sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Here John continues his clear distinction from 2:1 forward of these two
groups. You are either saved or not. You either are holy
and do not sin, and have fellowship with the Father, or you commit sin
and don't know the Father.
I John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you: he
that doeth righteousness is righteous, even
as he is righteous.
If we do the righteous acts of God, which He has called us to1, we are truly righteous. Chief among these are to believe on the Lord Jesus as Saviour2.
This is a work in that you must do something. Remember faith is
active, that is, it requires an action. You are saved by grace
thru faith. The faith work which you did was to believe in your
heart and confess with your mouth. So you see there is a
righteous work mixed with your faith even in being born-again.
I John 3:10
In this the children of God are manifest, and
the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not
righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother.
We are now the children of God. We are manifest or known to the
world by our love. Jesus said the world would know us by our
love. This is a righteous act. An act which God has
instructed you to do is a righteous act. It is right with Him and
with His eternal law.
I John 3:14-18
We know that we have passed from death unto
life, because we love the brethren. He that
loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:
and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life
abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of
God, because he laid down his life for us: and
we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels
of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of
God in him? My little children, let us not love
in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
We are talking about who we are in Christ. This includes being
encouraged to walk like Him, whose divine nature we are partakers
of. John 3:16 says "God so loved that He gave...". We are
encouraged to show our love by giving, by meeting needs. Jesus
came to meet needs. He is a need meeting God. If you did
not believe that, you would not pray to Him about your needs. God
wants us to be like Him, in showing His agape love, by meeting
needs. He meets our needs, including physical needs, and He
expects us to meet the physical needs of others also3.
I John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is
of God; and every one that loveth is born of
God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth
not God; for God is love.
John just told us not to love in word or tongue, but in deeds and
truth. Your deeds will show what you really believe. I
heard someone say "You do what you believe, and the rest is religious
talk." Who we are in Christ Jesus are need meeting servants and
sons of the Living God!
I John 3:24
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth
in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that
he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath
I John 4:13
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in
us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they
are the sons of God. For ye have not received
the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry,
Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
John continues emphasizing that we are the children of God, and
separate and distinct from sinners in the world. This being
witnessed on the outside by the manifestation of the love of God thru
us, and on the inside by the witness of the Holy Spirit.
I John 5:10
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the
witness in himself: he that believeth not God
hath made him a liar; because he believeth not
the record that God gave of his Son.
God prophesied that He would dwell in us, by taking away the stony
heart, which is lifeless and dead, and give us a new heart of flesh,
which is alive and in fellowship with His Holy Spirit.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and
ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness,
and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new
spirit will I put within you: and I will take
away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I
will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause
you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep
my judgments, and do them.
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and
circumcision is that of the heart, in the
spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is
not of men, but of God.
John emphasizes that as Jesus is now, holy and righteous, so are we in God's eyes.
I John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may
have boldness in the day of judgment: because
as he is, so are we in this world.
We can have boldness in the day of judgment, because we can stand
before God with all our sins washed away and removed as far as the east
is from the west, God having no more remembrance of them. Praise
God forevermore! Hallelujah!
I John 5:2-4
By this we know that we love the children of
God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his
commandments: and his commandments are not
grievous. For whatsoever is born of God
overcometh the world: and this is the victory
that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Again, we now are the children of God because we keep His
commandments. We have been given His power and authority to
overcome sin. There lies no more excuse to turn back and be
trapped again by sin. Jesus said if you loved Him you would keep
I John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing according to his will,
he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the
petitions that we desired of him.
I John 3:22
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him,
because we keep his commandments, and do those
things that are pleasing in his sight.
We know we are children of God, and are pleasing to Him if we live by faith5 and obey His commandments. Mostly to show love and mercy6.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God,
and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we
suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
John says we are joint heirs with Christ Jesus. In the Jewish
laws, an adopted son received a double portion inheritance with the
first born. So we, the adopted, receive an equal and joint
inheritance with Jesus, the first born of many brethren.
I John 5:18
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth
not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth
himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
We are born of God. We must work our faith in God, in keeping
ourselves unspotted by the world. If we are born of God, and
continue to abide in Him and with Him daily, then that wicked one will
not be able to find a lust to draw us away with, and we will not
I John 5:19-20
And we know that we are of God, and the whole
world lieth in wickedness.
And we know that the Son of God is come, and
hath given us an understanding, that we may
know him that is true, and we are in him that
is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is
the true God, and eternal life.
John's whole point of writing was so we would know with confidence that
we are born of God.
I John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that
believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye
may know that ye have eternal life, and that
ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
That we may know with confidence that we have eternal life.
I John 1:3
That which we have seen and heard declare we
unto you, that ye also may have fellowship
with us: and truly our fellowship is with the
Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
That we might have fellowship with God.
And that we might continue in that fellowship unto the end.
And this is life eternal, that they might know
thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
thou hast sent.
Eternal life is to have an intimate and personal relationship with
Jesus as Lord and Savior. Not to know of a person, far off and
with no communication or interaction with, but to know God as a Father,
who loves us and cares for us, because thru Christ Jesus, our elder
brother, we are now children of God.
1. Eph 2:8-10
2. John 6:38-39
3. One point, Jesus never meet a physical need without also addressing a spiritual need
4. John 15:9-14
5. Hebrews 11:6
6. Matt 12:7