Isn’t God Everybody’s Father?

“…that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature...”

2 Peter 1:4

Ponder This

Have you heard the phrase, “The universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of men?” It sounds warm and fuzzy, but it is cold and barren of truth. God is not the “father” of all people; God is the Father of those who are born into His family.

But you say, “Pastor, didn’t God create all human beings?” Yes. “And if God created 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 difference between fatherhood and creation. God created rats, roaches, buzzards, and rattlesnakes. He’s not their father. God becomes our Father not by creation, but by conception when we’re born into His family—the family of God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Practice This

Read the story of creation in Genesis 1—making the distinction between the creations of God and the Creator called God. Go on a nature walk and thank God that He rules over creation, causing the sun to shine, the rain to water the earth, and for you to have your next breath.