May 11, 2018
We often hear the glowing phrase, “The universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of men.” But God is not the Father of all people. God is the Father of those who are born into His family.
Now I know what some of you are thinking right now as you race your theological motors down the logical highway of your mind. You say, “But wait a minute, Pastor. Didn’t God create all human beings? Wouldn’t that make God the Father of all human beings?” No, it makes God the creator of all human beings.
There’s a critical difference between father and creator. God created rats, roaches, buzzards, and rattlesnakes, but He’s not their father. He’s their creator.
God becomes a Father not by creation, but by conception—when we’re born into His family (see John 3:3). Second Peter 1:4 says, “He [God] has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
God says I “will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18). Galatians 3:26-27 tells us, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (italics mine).