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How do we become the children of God?

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Galatians 3:26 - For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:9 that peacemakers would be called the children of God, yet Paul says in Galatians 3:26 that we are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Based on these verses how would one rightly divide (2 Timothy 2:15) how to become a child of God?


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You can actually find the solution by rightly dividing this passage. When one studies the book of Matthew it is apparent that Jesus is speaking to the Jewish people. Matthew is the Gospel to the Jew. One rule that we should apply to our studies is that the whole Bible is written for us, but not to us. For example, the Old Testament Jews were told not to mix the material in their clothing. Does that apply to us? No way. Does that mean we should throw out the whole Old Testament? No way. We can glean truth, types, principles, and lessons. We can not glean New Testament church doctrine though. Just the same, the message that Jesus preached does not apply to us dispensationally. It is a Kingdom message. It is a kingdom decree for the millinial reign. There is also the fact that this is still under the Old Testament. The Old Testament did not end until the "Death of the Testator" according to the book of Hebrews. So, where do we get church doctrine from? The Pauline Epistles. I am not encouraging anyone to become a hyper-dispensationalist, but you must realize there are divisions that must be respected. Sorry for the length, God bless.

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