Are All People God’s Children?


ESV Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
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!”
16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 and if children, then heirs– heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.


How can we know we are a child of God? Paul gives us three litmus tests. A litmus test is an effective way of measuring. We are a child of God if:

  1. Vs. 14 & 16 We are led by the Spirit of God.
  2. Vs. 15 We have received the Spirit of Adoption
  3. Vs. 17 We suffer with Jesus