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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 NIV
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
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Israel as God’s rebellious children

Isaiah 1:2 NIV
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.
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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 NIV
For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?
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Jesus Christ’s followers as God’s children


Becoming God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ

Becoming God’s children by new birth

John 1:12–13 NIV
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
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Becoming God’s children by adoption

Ephesians 1:5 NIV
he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
See also This adoption will be fully realised in the future;

Becoming God’s children by the Spirit

Romans 8:15 NIV
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
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God’s dealings with his children

God loves his children

1 John 3:1 NIV
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
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God disciplines his children

Deuteronomy 8:5 NIV
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
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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 NIV
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
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God’s children live by the Father’s standards

Philippians 2:15 NIV
so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
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The privileges and blessings of being God’s children

God’s children are eternally secure

John 8:35 NIV
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
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The needs of God’s children are always supplied

Matthew 7:9–11 NIV
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
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God’s children have a sure inheritance

Revelation 21:7 NIV
Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
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