We Have A Family
One of the most wonderful aspects of the church is that it is a family (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:15). God created Adam and Eve, and since then everyone else was born into the physical family. We have been born again into the spiritual family of God, the church (John 3:1-8; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Peter 1:20-25).
God is our Father (Matthew 7:7-11; Ephesians 4:6). Jesus Christ is our elder brother, Lord and Savior (Titus 1:4; Hebrews 2:14-18). The Holy Spirit is our comforter and helper (John 14:26; 15:26). We have spiritual fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters in God’s family, too (Matthew 12:46-50; 1 Corinthians 4:14-17; Galatians 4:19; 1 Timothy 5:1-2; Philemon 10). All over the world there are those to whom we are bound by a common love for God and faith in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13).
Our spiritual identity is rooted in the family of God (Galatians 3:26-29). Here we have a place and a purpose greater than any other purpose or place in the world (Ephesians 3:20-21; Hebrews 13:20-21). There is fellowship, participation and sharing with one another in everything (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:3). We are not alone or on our own. There is learning, discipline, accountability to help us mature spiritually (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15). The family demands sacrifice, service, forgiveness, patience and love (Colossians 3:12-15).
An eternal inheritance awaits every faithful child of God (1 Peter 1:3-5). It cannot be taken away from us. Someday, we will all meet in heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). It will be a perfect day in a perfect place in perfect unity with the perfect One (Revelation 21:3-5, 22-22:5). That day will have no end. God’s family is now, and forever.
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Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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Fort Worth, TX 76135