Having been created in God’s image; the entire humanity represents God’s children. Sadly, through one man, the entire humanity, except Jesus, severed the relationship with God. The episode is vividly depicted in Genesis when Adam ate the forbidden fruit. The separation of humanity against God took place at that time, leading to the spiritual demise of humanity.
“The Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 1:15-17 KJV).
God was communicating with His Son, Adam. This was Spiritual communication, which should not be mistaken for physical communication. The life and death pronouncement was limited to Spiritual death, more than physical death. This was spiritual communication, rather than physical communication. Without God’s Spirit, humans cannot understand Spiritual communication.
Understanding God’s communication is impossible for those existing physically. The miscommunication between Jesus and the Jews was caused by His Spiritual language, which His physical audience could not understand. The special group that could understand comprised those appreciating Jesus’ spiritual identity.
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:23-26 NIV).
Jesus opened the floodgates for Humanity to reconnect with their Father, but on one condition: Believing and obeying the teachings of Jesus. Otherwise, the rest remain in death slumber, since the day that our ancestor, Adam, ate the wrong fruit. That death happened immediately, after eating the wrong fruit.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus never made Himself equal to God. He always insisted that His works were in accordance with His Father’s instruction. That does not imply being equal with God. Those currently doing likewise are also God’s children, but not, necessarily, making themselves equal with God.