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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?’”—Acts 13:9-10 (NKJV)
This might offend a few people, but we need to face facts in order to know the truth. Humanity is divided into two groups: those who are God’s children and those who are children of the devil.
It sounds harsh, severe, and is the epitome of political incorrectness! However, our reaction doesn’t determine reality. God’s Word does, and it backs this statement. We see it above as Paul calls a sorcerer named Elymas a “son of the devil.”
“Wait, that’s a sorcerer . . . not a normal or good person!” True. But in John’s Gospel we see Jesus calling out the religious rulers of His day as children of their father (John 8:38) and then goes on to identify their father as the devil (John 8:44).
These rulers were the very definition of “good” back in that time. People were conditioned to admire and emulate their religious devotion. How shocking for Jesus to say they were children of the devil! How can Jesus say this?
The panoramic story of Scripture tells us God originally created humanity to live in perfect relationship with Him. The devil sought to destroy this by tempting us to rebel against God. As a result, we became enslaved to sin. Because God is pure and holy, we couldn’t connect with Him due to our sin. God couldn’t be the Father to us that He wanted to be. The devil filled that vacuum, leveraged our sin against us, and became our authoritative “father” bent on destroying us!
But God intervened by sending His sinless Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin, allowing us to be restored to Him. Now all who receive Jesus and believe in Him instantly become Children of God (John 1:12)!
As wonderful as that truth is, the reality remains: Those who don’t receive and believe in Jesus are still under the dominion of the devil. Technically, they are his “children” in the sense that they remain under his power and authority.
May this prompt us to pray and fast for those who’ve yet to know our Heavenly Father as their own Father!
DIG: How is humanity divided?
DISCOVER: Why is humanity divided this way? How should we respond to this reality?
DISPLAY: Spend time in prayer today and over the next few days for those who do not yet know Jesus. Pray for unity in our churches and that this unity may shine the light of Jesus brightly into our cities.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.