Series: The Gospel According to John
Title: True and False Children of God
Text: John 8: 37-47
Purpose: By studying these verses we learn: False children of God follow Satan and his evil deeds because they have not been born of God; true children
of God love Jesus and obey His Word because they have been born of God.
Speaker: Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min
Date: April 7, 2019
Jesus is teaching here what He taught elsewhere, that conduct stems from one’s nature. Good trees produce good fruit; bad trees produce bad
fruit. Children of God produce good deeds; children of the devil produce bad deeds. But it’s not quite so easy to tell which are, because often bad trees seem
to us to produce good fruit. For example, we see many people who are not believers in Jesus Christ, but they’re “good” people. They’re caring and kind.
They give generously to charitable foundations that help the needy. They’re the type of people that you want to have as neighbors. And, on the other hand,
there are some who sure seem to be children of God, and yet they do some horrible things that sometimes even land them in prison.
Only God knows what is in human hearts, so we always have to be a bit tentative when determining whether someone else is a true or false child of God.
And sometimes we don’t even know our own hearts! We fluctuate in our desires from loving God to loving this world (which are mutually exclusive, 1 John 2:
15). So, to the best of our ability, we need to apply the tests that we see in our text, first to ourselves; and then, with a bit more hesitation, to others whom
we are trying to help spiritually. The principle is:
False children of God follow Satan and his evil deeds because they have not been born of God; true children of God love Jesus and obey His Word because
they have been born of God.
1. False children of God think that they’re following God, but they’re actually following Satan and his evil deeds because they have not been born of
A. False children of God count on their religion to put them in good standing with God.
B. False children of God are deceived into thinking that they are children of God, while their actions actually show them to be children of the
C. False children of God seek to eliminate Christ and His Word from their lives because they don’t want to hear the truth about their sin.
D. False children of God attack or look down on those who convict them of sin.
E. False children of God are not able to understand or obey Jesus’ Word because they are not born of God.
2. True children of God love Jesus and obey His Word because they have been born of God.
A. True children of God give God’s Word the primary place in their lives.
B. True children of God obey God’s Word.
C. True children of God love Jesus.
D. True children of God love Jesus and obey His Word because they have been born of God.
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul writes, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that
Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” It’s possible to go too far and become overly introspective, so I don’t want anyone to do that. But it’
s also possible to go glibly through life, assuming that you’re a true child of God because you go through the outward motions of Christianity, while your
heart is far from God (Mark 7:6). It would be utterly tragic to hear the Lord say (Matt. 7:23), “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice
lawlessness.” Make sure that you’re a true child of God!
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