The country music artist Alan Jackson sings a song called “We’re all God’s Children”. Here are some of the lyrics:
Here comes a Baptist, here comes a Jew
There goes a Mormon and a Muslim too
I see a Buddist and a Hindu
I see a Catholic and I see you
We’re all God’s children
Why can’t we be one big happy family
Many people believe this concept to be true. You hear it commonly said, “We’re all God’s children”. Believe it or not, as I was writing, a news commentator was chatting in the background. He was talking about the protests that have been taking place around the nation. Then, he made the statement that we shouldn’t be fighting among ourselves because we are all God’s children. Now it is true that we are all God’s creation and we all share in humanity, but does every member of the human race belong to God’s family – are all God’s children? Does the Bible teach this to be true or is this fake news, an unbiblical statement that Christians believe?
Here is what the Bible says about the subject.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Mankind’s true status is living corpses.
Paul says everyone is born into this world spiritually dead; spiritually unable to do anything to change their situation. Everyone born physically alive is spiritually dead; like a living corpse, a zombie. Everyone starts out this way and if something doesn’t happen, we move with the rest of the herd. We live the same way as all the rest of the spiritually dead. The ironic thing is many of these spiritually dead people, some may even think they are “Christians”, think they are “living it up”. They think they are enjoying life to the fullest. However, they find that they can’t ever find satisfaction and peace. They think they are free, but they are just zombies and zombies can’t be satisfied.
Verse 2 speaks of the “ruler of the power of the air”. Everyone born into this world, whether they realize it or not, is under the power of the evil one, Satan. Satan is the ruler of the spiritually dead, the living corpses. Satan is king of zombies. They do his will. The spiritually lifeless to do his bidding. He is called the “ruler of the power of the air” because his force is invisible and powerful. You can’t see his forces, but you can see their effect. You can’t see radio waves, but they are all around us. You can’t see the microwaves heating your food. You can’t see x-rays, but you see their effects. Likewise, we can’t see the spiritual forces all around us, but make no mistake, they are there.
As I read these first three verses of Ephesians 2, I realize that there is no middle ground. Either you are one of God’s or you belong to the devil. God’s wrath and judgment is expected on anyone who is a living corpse because they are not his children and have rejected God. Every person born into this world is corrupted by sin and is only deserving of God’s judgment. There is no middle ground. If the Scripture ended here it would be most depressing. None of us would have any hope because nothing could be done to change our situation; however, it doesn’t…
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, 5 made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6 He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
Amen! Hallelujah! But God – mankind’s condition is not terminal. A cure for the zombies has been found. Someone made a way to take the children of wrath, us, and change us. Hallelujah! God’s provision is regeneration by grace. Regeneration means to regrow or to be reborn. Regeneration is to re-create or to be born again. God who is rich in mercy, loves us and because of his great love for us, he is not willing that any should die, but that all should come to repentance. God looked down in mercy at living corpses and sent his Son Jesus to live among them, die for them, so that through Jesus they could be made alive.