Family Matters Part 8: When A Child Responds To The Gospel, It Changes Everything!
“If any (child) be in Christ, he is a new creature,
the old things passed away; new things have come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Someone once asked me, “What did you do to get your kids to turn out so
good?” What an opportunity to puff up my pride for “my secret” silver bullet to having a great family. I took a breath, and said, “Honestly, it’s only by the grace of God that my kids have become what they are. The gospel is what changed everything.” Yes, having a good, godly marriage, and striving to be obedient in the Biblical principles God revealed on parenting, have contributed to my kid’s reasonably good upbringing, but the truth is, only the gospel changes the heart and nature of a child for good! Our children’s greatest need is Jesus. Faith always rests on a person – Jesus Christ (Jn. 10:27,28; Phil. 3:9; Gal. 2:16). Faith is only as good as the object of one’s faith. The Bible is clear that once a person comes to genuine saving faith, it will produce the fruit of righteousness in those who believe. Real saving faith will inevitably produce a changed life and good works which follow both in children and adults (2 Cor. 5:17; 9:13; Rom. 6:18; 1 Thess. 1:3; Heb. 6:9; 1 Jn. 2:3, 4, 19; 2 Tim. 2:19). A believer’s distinguishing trait is obedience (Jn. 14:15; Lk. 6:46). Obedience is so closely tied to faith, that many places in Scripture, it is used synonymously (Jn. 3:36; Acts 5:32; 6:7; 2 Thess. 1:8; Heb. 5:9; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 Pet. 4:17).
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