“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”
Ephesians 1:5 NLT
Have you ever wondered why God is called ‘the Father’? That designation immediately paints a picture of warmth, firmness and protection in our minds, right? God often used the family unit to describe the relationship between Himself and believers (Ephesians 5:23-25).
In Luke 11:1-4, Jesus paints a picture of a father that loves his child and will give good gifts not bad gifts when asked. He concludes by saying that this is a poor analogy when compared to how eager God is to give the Holy Spirit to everyone who believes.
This parallel that is often drawn between the biological family unit and the family of God teaches us a few lessons about God’s will for the family unit.
First, we learn that God loves the family unit. He instituted the first family by giving Adam a wife and causing them to have children and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28).
This also shows us that family is a blessing from God. His command for fruitfulness is seen throughout the bible. In Psalm 127:3-5, Solomon describes the blessedness of having children.
Thirdly, we see that it is the will of God that the whole family should prosper. The Bible is replete with examples of situations where the faith of one member of the family worked for the benefit of all the members.
For example, the generations of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) enjoyed a relationship with God because of the faith of their fathers. God could choose the lineage of Abraham to send Christ to the world because of the faith of Abraham (Genesis 18:18, Romans 4:16).
Even in cases of healing, we see how the faith of one family member can bring healing to the sick. We see this in the case of the Syro-Phoenician Woman and the Father of the demon-possessed boy (Matthew 8:14-15, Matthew 9:19-26 Mark 7:28)
Finally, it is God’s will that the whole family should enjoy the benefits of belonging to it. Just as we enjoy a unique and beautiful relationship in our family units, God wants to adopt the world to Himself and call us His children. So preach the Gospel. (John 1:12, Ephesians 1:5-6)
Bible Reading Plan:
John 8:21-30, II Peter 2:17-22, Job 5, Ezekiel 16