How do I become a child of God?

Author: BibleAsk Team


God made humans to be his sons and daughters (Luke 3:38). It was only when mankind rebelled and sin entered the world that there has been a separation between us and God (Isaiah 59:2). We must choose to be either God’s people and be saved or Satan’s people and be lost.

How Do I Become a Child of God?

The Bible gives us simple instructions:

1-Recognize that you are a sinner and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, (Acts 16:31).

“But as many as received Him [Jesus] to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

2-Repent or turn away from your old life of sin.

“I [Jesus] came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

3-Follow God by being led by 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” (Romans 8:14-15).

4-Get baptized and join God’s true church.

¬†He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16).

The Bible gives the description of God’s church in Revelation 14:12, “Here is the [a]patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”

5-Grow in Christian love and character.

As God’s child, He will instruct you and guide you as a loving Father and will provide everything you need to follow Him, step by step. So, study His Word daily and pray that you may hear His voice. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:5-6, 11-12).

As you begin your walk with God, know that just as a child makes mistakes or doesn’t understand everything right away, so are we in our walk with God. God loves you and is patient and forgiving. “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8). This doesn’t mean we can continue in sin and just ask for grace. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:1-2). But it does mean that we are on a path to overcoming sin as Christ lives in us through His empowering Spirit (Titus 2:11-14).

May God bless you as you follow in His path for your life. “Do all things without complaining and disputing,that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain” (Philippians 2: 14-16).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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