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Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Roms 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Roma 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
These verse are very clear that there are two sets of Children, those who are saved become the children of God and the unsaved are the children of the Devil. the later do not have to be, as long as they are alive in this present world it can be changed by simple belief on Jesus Christ finished work of the cross and the full payment of their sin.
Joh 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Col 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:2-3 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
1Thess 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
2Pet 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
1John 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. (spekaing of beleivers)
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. - Confucius
I am sorry to say but an unsaved man practiciing the golden rule might have friends in this world but not with the true and living God.
Lu 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
I am sorry to say but an unsaved man practicing the golden rule might have friends in this world but not with the true and living God.
Matt 7:9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
No man can have a relationship outside of Jesus Christ. If anyone claims to have one it is with a false god.
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: Akragon
No A Christian. Paul and Barnabas called the followers in Antioch Christians first. No proof it was done by Roman’s as a derisional statement. And it is NT Doctrine verses clearly. Paul taught as he was taught by Jesus Christ or his angel.
One must die in the sense of letting his sin debt be on Christ through faith on his cross, substitutionary death and raising from the dead. simple faith is all it takes. We have the mind of Christ 1Cor 2:16 so we know the mind of God
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’