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Israel and the church are the chief objects of God’s fatherly love. People become God’s children through faith and are then encouraged by Scripture to imitate their heavenly Father in their daily living.

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Human beings as God’s children

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Israel as God’s children

Hosea 11:1 LHB
1 כִּ֛י נַ֥עַר יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל וָאֹהֲבֵ֑הוּ וּמִמִּצְרַ֖יִם קָרָ֥אתִי לִבְנִֽי׃
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Israel as God’s rebellious children

Isaiah 1:2 LHB
2 שִׁמְע֤וּ שָׁמַ֙יִם֙ וְהַאֲזִ֣ינִי אֶ֔רֶץ כִּ֥י יְהוָ֖ה דִּבֵּ֑ר בָּנִים֙ גִּדַּ֣לְתִּי וְרוֹמַ֔מְתִּי וְהֵ֖ם פָּ֥שְׁעוּ בִֽי׃
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God’s son

Promises of God’s son

These words referred originally to David’s son, Solomon, but in the NT they are applied to Jesus Christ.
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Jesus Christ as God’s son

Hebrews 1:5 ESV
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
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Jesus Christ’s followers as God’s children

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Becoming God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ

Becoming God’s children by new birth

John 1:12–13 ESV
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
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Becoming God’s children by adoption

Ephesians 1:5 ESV
5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
See also This adoption will be fully realised in the future;

Becoming God’s children by the Spirit

Romans 8:15 ESV
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
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God’s dealings with his children

God loves his children

1 John 3:1 ESV
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
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God disciplines his children

Deuteronomy 8:5 LHB
5 וְיָדַעְתָּ֖ עִם־לְבָבֶ֑ךָ כִּ֗י כַּאֲשֶׁ֨ר יְיַסֵּ֥ר אִישׁ֙ אֶת־בְּנ֔וֹ יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ מְיַסְּרֶֽךָּ׃
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God does not abandon his children

God had previously (Hos 1:9) announced his judgment that Israel would be his people no longer.
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Behaviour expected of God’s children

God’s children imitate their heavenly Father

Ephesians 5:1 ESV
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
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God’s children live by the Father’s standards

Philippians 2:15 ESV
15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
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The privileges and blessings of being God’s children

God’s children are eternally secure

John 8:35 ESV
35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
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The needs of God’s children are always supplied

Matthew 7:9–11 ESV
9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
See also needs for the present life; ; promises for the life to come

God’s children have a sure inheritance

Revelation 21:7 ESV
7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
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