How can we identify the children of God and the children of Devil?
“Lord Jesus Christ said, You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” (Matthew 7:16)
The word of God says, No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother or sister. (1 John 3:9,10)
The life of Cain:
The way Cain acted towards his brother testifies about him that he is of evil. Because of his jealousy upon Abel, Cain killed him.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. (Matthew 12:35)
Cain bought evil things out of the evil stored up in him. The word of God warns us not to be like Cain.
“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. (1 John 3:12)
The life of Cain’s grandson Lamech:
The first man who married two woman was Lamech. Lamech coveted his neighbor’s wife and he killed his neighbor and took his neighbors’ wife. Cain’s evil seed continued in Lamech’s life. The Spirit of Murder which passed on to Lamech.
The commandment of God is:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And also You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:17,13)
Lamech said to his wives; “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech , hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.” (Genesis 4:23)
Lamech struggled to covet his neighbor’s wife at the point of shedding his own blood. But the word of God says,
You should stand against the sin.
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:4)
Thus the life of Lamech was cursed by God.
The life of Lamech’s three children:
Lamech’s wife Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in the tents and raise livestock. (Genesis 4:20)
Jabal, the father of those who live in tents: Those who live in tents wander from place to place. They don’t trust in God, since their foundation is not strong, they wander from place to place putting their trust in wordly things. This is the Spirit of Girgashites.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not except to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:6,7,8)
They don’t have a sure foundation.
Lord Jesus Christ said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is a like wise man who built his house on the rock (Lord Jesus Christ). The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had the foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears the word of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on a sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Thus Jabal lived an unstable life, and also he became the father of those live unstable. The children of devil lives unstable as they set their minds on earthly things wandering here and there. For the children of God looks forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10)
Jabal’s brother name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. (Genesis 4:21)
Jubal, the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes: Here we can see Jubal is the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments. But at the beginning, Lucifer the devil is the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments.
Lucifer had the workmanship of tabrets and pipes on the day he was created. In his pride of his heart he was pushed down from heaven to this earth. Till now he is leading a band of troops who play these pipes and stringed instruments. (Ezekiel 28)
“All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of dawn! (Lucifer) You have been cast down to the earth, you once laid low the nations.” (Isaiah 14:11,12)
People who play these pipes and stringed instruments celebrating with their wrong mind for their pleasures are the children of devil. They have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands.
“They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands. Therefore Death expands its jaws, opening wide its mouth; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.” (Isaiah 5:12,14)
Jubal became the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments. Children of God should be aware of playing instruments which please God and which does not please God.
Tubal who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron:
Lamech’s wife Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. (Genesis 4:22)
There is a spiritual meaning of these bronze and iron.
When God gave his commands to His people of Israelites, He said if you do not follow or obey the Lord your God, all these curses will come on you and overtake you. One of the curse is this:
“The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron.” (Deuteronomy 28:23)
Sky refers to the mind. The children of devil has the mind like bronze. Bronze refers to the earthly things, visionless life or fruitless life. Their mind is occupied by the lust of this world.
“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:28)
Also it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” (Romans 11:7)
Ground refers to the heart. “Lord Jesus Christ said, For it is from within, out of person’s heart, that evil thoughts come-sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:21,22,23)
Iron refers to a stone-heart, which has no understanding.
We children of God should not set our minds on earthly things, but on things above, where Christ is seated. (Colossians 3:1)
Bronze and iron refers to the deeds of darkness. The word of God warns us to put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:12,13,14)
Tubal forged all kinds of tools using bronze and iron. Tools is our heart and mind, Let us not forge it with bronze and iron.
Jabal was the father of all who lived in tents.
Jubal was the father of all who played pipes.
Tubal was who forged his tools with bronze and iron.
By their acts we can identify who the Children of God are and who the Children of Devil are.
Adam and Eve gave birth to a child in the place of Abel, who was named as Seth. The generation of Seth was blessed by God. The Grandson of Seth was Enoch. The word of God says Enoch walked faithfully with God and he was taken up by God. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5)
Here in the generation of Seth there comes another Lamech who walked faithfully with God and gave birth to a son Noah. God testified about Noah and saved Noah’s life. The children of God always walk faithfully with God. Lamech who was the grandson of Seth lived a life of 777 years and died. But the grandson of Cain, Lamech was avenged 77 times than Cain. The life of Lamech who lived 777 years reached the fullness of God’s blessing.
The children of God should attain perfection in God’s holiness and righteousness.
The one who is born again through the faith in Lord Jesus Christ will never continue to sin, because they are born of God. (1 John 3:9)