Posted by: SandreS | February 1, 2010

The Fatherhood of God – The Message of Mars’ Hill (Acts 17), Part 6

For we are also His offspring.

As we have already noted, the words of Paul spoken at Mars’ Hill were not addressed to believers, but to pagan unbelievers.

Can we believe that Paul would say that these pagans were God’s offspring? Many Christians would not bat an eye if Paul had said this of saints; but for him to quote a pagan poet, and then verify that in truth “we” – again Paul grouping himself with the pagans – are all the offspring of God, is absolutely astounding.

As certain also of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God …

Paul’s point is unmistakable. The word “offspring” here is also translated in the King James Version as “kindred” (Acts 4:6; 7:19), “of the stock” (Acts 13:26; Philippians 3:5), and “born” (Acts 18:2, 24).

Just think of it! “The offspring of God.”

Could we even have fathomed such a worldwide declaration as “we are the offspring of God”?

Following the King James translational suit, we have,

we are the offspring of God
we are the kindred of God
we are of the stock of God
we are the born of God

“Offspring” is the Greek word genos. Noah Webster gives the definition of “offspring” as “generation.” He gives the etymological meaning of “father” as “genitor.” My father was Clyde L. Pilkington, Sr., his father (Richard Pilkington) was also my father (my grand-father), and so on – all the way back to Adam, whose Father was God (who then is also my Father).

Who was the son of Enos, who was the son of Seth, who was the son of Adam, who was the son of God (Luke 3:38).

God is the Father of all, because He is the Creator – the Genitor – of all!

Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10).

God is the “The God of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 16:22; c.f. Hebrews 12:9). He is the Father of all because He is God,

One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:6).

Let’s have the courage of faith, then, that we, too, along with Paul, can tell those whom we meet that they belong to God, that they are His children, and that He – in truth – IS their Father. The truth of this would also surely do away with all manner of division and hostility in the heart of the believer.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2009, 2010

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