If God loves everybody, does that mean we are all God’s children?

That is a wonderful thought and it makes everyone feel warm and happy. But that thought is also incorrect. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, everyone who was born was born into sin and an enemy to God. That is because God is a holy God and a holy God demands judgement against sin. God is also a loving God and has provided his Son Jesus Christ to take that punishment for our sin. Once we acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, admit we are sinners and ask God to forgive us from our sins, then we are moved from being enemies of God to children of God.

And since, when we were his enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of his Son, what blessings he must have for us now that we are his friends and he is living within us!

Romans 5:10

When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. His sin spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die, for all sinned. Verse 12

And what a difference between man’s sin and God’s forgiveness! For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this one man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s mercy. Verse 15