We Are Family
“For it is through Him that we both [whether far off or near] now have an introduction (access) by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [so that we are able to approach Him].
“Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God’s [own] household.” Ephesians 2:18-19(amp)
In the New Testament, God’s people are most commonly refereed to as brothers, and this speaks to the reality that we are a part of the Royal Family. In the verse above, all three persons of the Godhead are represented. Through
Jesus the Son, we have access to the Father by one Spirit.
The next verse reveals the magnificent result of this heavenly access. The word “household” speaks of the concept of family. Because of the finished work of Christ on the cross we have access to the Father, and are members of God’s Royal Family.
In the Bible the Greek words for father and family are very similar. The word “father” is pater; the word for “family” is patria, which actually comes from pater. This divine relationship is seen in the Apostle Paul’s prayer:
“For this reason I bow my knees to the FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole FAMILY in heaven and earth is named.”
Family comes from Father. We have spent enough time in the past allowing the realities of our earthly families to keep us from seeing the realities of our heavenly family. We are called to live from heaven to earth, even in the concept of family. As members of God’s Family we share the same life-source, the Father. Instead of relating to one another according to our natural birth and earthly family, we can begin to see each other as sons and daughters in the Father’s Family.
In Christ, we are accepted as a son or daughter. We are loved! We have access to Daddy anytime. We are citizens of heaven, and no longer outsiders. Let’s stop allowing the pain of our earthly families, to keep us from the promise of living in the reality of our heavenly family. Even though we are not in heaven, we are of heaven. We are family!
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