BIBLE READING: JOHN 8:37-47; JOHN 1:12-13
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the Truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the Truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s Words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” John 8:44-47(NKJV).
The biological process of ascertaining Fatherhood is known as the Paternity Test and there is also a branch of legal practice known as Paternity Law which evolved because of the volume of Paternity Fraud or discrepancy disputes worldwide. According to a report based on a worldwide study on genetic screening, the rate of mistaken paternity is about 2-3%. This means that 1 out of every 40 children in the world is actually mistaken about who his or her real father is. The same thing is true of being mistaken for one’s spiritual paternity except that the end result is eternal death. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we should not be mistaken about our spiritual paternity.
The Scriptures record that man is made in the Image and Likeness of God (see Gen. 1:26-27). This Scripture has been interpreted beyond its Scope without taking into cognisance the Fall of Man and the Redemptive Work Jesus did on the Earth to Reconcile Man back to God. Universalists believe that all Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists should regard each other as God’s children and as brothers in one universal brotherhood. They also promote the notion that there is no need for us to spread the Gospel and win souls to Christ since every religion ultimately leads men to God. It therefore subtly denies the fact that sin has estranged man from God and only those who are reconciled with God through Christ can be called God’s children (see Rom.10:9-10).
This Universalist doctrine has given countless souls false security and misled many into believing that God is their Father when He really is not. And such were the Jews in our passage who claimed rather boldly in John 8:41: ‘We have one Father, even God.” There is one criterion that must be met for anyone to claim that God is his or her Father. It is clearly spelt out in John 8:42 where Jesus said to them , “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” This means that all who have God as their Father will love the Lord Jesus but if you do not love the Lord Jesus, then the very opposite would be true of you. The key is to look for signs of resemblance in character and conduct. The more resemblance that one bears to the devil and his deeds, the greater the likelihood of his paternity. Let us look at how Jesus described the devil and his deeds in John 8:44: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
The signs of the spiritual paternity of the devil are displayed everywhere in the world today e.g lying, dishonesty, corruption, cheating, fraud, hypocrisy etc. If any of these vices are habitually found in your life, they give you a strong resemblance with the paternity of the father of all liars i.e., the devil. You must do something about that your spiritual state by going to God in repentance, and receiving Grace to live a Victorious Life in Christ Who reveals to us our true Father.
Dear Father, thank You for this Revelation of my spiritual paternity. Father, I repent for condoning the paternity of the devil in my life. I am made in Your Image and Likeness. Lord, give me Grace to love Jesus and live a Victorious Life in Jesus’ Name. Amen.