(15)  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  (16)  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Philippians 2:15-16

As you read through the New Testament, you’ll find many names for those who know Christ as Savior.  We are called believers, brothers and sisters in Christ, ambassadors for Christ, soldiers of Christ, partakers in Christ, disciples, sheep, strangers and pilgrims, saints, the redeemed, a holy priesthood and many more.  Here in this text we are called the sons of God.  We are called the children of God.

How does a person become a child of God?

There are those who say that since we’re all created by God, we’re all children of God.

1 John 3:10 makes it clear that there are some who are the children of God, and others who are not the children of God.

1 John 3:10

(10)  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Jesus told the Pharisees that they were children of the devil in John 8:44.

John 8:44

(44)  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

If we are all children of God by creation or physical birth, why would Christ have had to come and die?  The truth is that we become children of God when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

Notice two verses that substantiate this fact.

John 1:12

(12)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

To become a child of God we have to receive Him.

Galatians 3:26

(26)  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

To be a child of God, we must put our faith in Jesus Christ.  We are not children of God by physical birth, but by spiritual birth.

So the question is, are you a child of God?  Have you experienced the new birth in Christ?  You can do that today!

If you are a child of God, then notice Ephesians 5:1.

(1)  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

The word “followers” can also be translated imitators.  We ought to be imitators of Christ!

If you are a child of God, then this message is for you.  If you are not, this is the time to receive Christ and become a Child of God!

How should we live as a child of God?

1. We are to be blameless and harmless.

Philippians 2:15-16

“(15)  That ye may be blameless and harmless…” 

This verse is not telling us that we have to be perfect.  It is impossible for us to be sinless.  The only person who was ever sinless was Jesus Christ, Himself.

Blameless means that we should not give opportunities for others to accuse us of sin and wrongdoing.  Now that we are children of God, we are to work out our own salvation.  That is, we are to strive to live our lives in a blameless way, free of sin.

The word translated harmless was a word that was used to emphasized the purity of a metal.  To be alloyed meant that a metal consisted of 2 or more metals.  So to be un-alloyed means to be pure, and not mixed.  It was unmixed and unadulterated.  This ought to describe the life of a believer.  We ought to live like a child of God, without any mixture of worldliness or worldly values.

Jesus talked about being pure when he said in Matthew 6:24.

(24)  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

James talked about being a double minded man in James 1:8.

(8)  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

How should we live as a child of God?

2.  We are to be without rebuke.

Philippians 2:15-16

(15)  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Peter reiterates this same idea that Paul is emphasizing in 2 Peter 3:10-14.

(10)  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

(11)  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

(12)  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

(13)  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

(14)  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Knowing that Christ was coming back should cause us to live a life of distintion, living without reproach.

The world that we are living in is crooked and perverse.  It is twisted, bent, and has strayed from God’s standard.

Proverbs 2:14 describes this culture.

(14)  Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;  (15)  Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

We are not to live this way.  We are to live in a distinctively Christian way.  Our text is emphasizing that as children of God, we should have different values and morals.  We ought to live differently because God’s Word teaches us to think and believe differently.  We live our lives according to the truth of Scripture.

How should we live as a child of God?

3.  We are to shine as lights.

Philippians 2:15-16

(15)  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 

When we believe Christ, Jesus gives us spiritual life.  But that is not all.

John 1:4

(4)  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Jesus gives us spiritual life, and He gives us spiritual light.  When he does, we are able to live as lights in a dark world.

Sometimes I believe that if we would live a consistent Christian life it would give us more opportunity for evangelism.  We would be able to talk about Jesus Christ more.  We ought to be shining as lights in a dark world.

Do you remember the Sunday School song “This Little Light of Mine”?  We need to let our lights shine!

How should we live as a child of God?

4. We are to hold forth the Word of Life.

Philippians 2:15-16

(15)  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

(16)  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 

We are living in a world that tries to deny absolutes and Truth. We ought to be people who are proclaiming the Bible.  We may be politically incorrect, but we must be Biblically correct.

We are supposed to be Christians 7 days a week!    When we leave here, we are entering the mission field.  They need to see us living like a child of God!

Let’s live like a child of God!

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