Sunday, December 03, 2017
The Father Is Raising A Family
HEBREWS 2:10a NLT 10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory.
If you want to understand life, and the Bible, then you need to understand God's plan and purpose.
We're here because God wants a family.
This is what life is all about. The best description and summary of what is going on is that God is raising a family. It is happening in a realm where there is free choice and temptation to do wrong, but God has provided everything necessary for our complete victory and maturity.
If you keep this perspective clearly in view, it will give you the right framework for your thinking about God. Every thing God does has this purpose in mind.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:18 NLT 18 And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty."
We are in preparation for eternity, and this life on earth is just first grade in our learning experience.
MATTHEW 5:45 NLT 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.
Jesus revealed that we should primarily relate to God as a Father. Not as our judge, not as our boss, but as a loving Father who is training us to be like Jesus, so we can enjoy fellowship with Him for eternity.
(We cannot become like Jesus by our own effort. Only by receiving Jesus and allowing Him to live through us is it possible to become like Him.)
ROMANS 8:28-29 NLT 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
1 JOHN 3:2 NLT 2 Dear friends, we are already God's children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
God is training his family and preparing us to be fit companions to Deity for eternity. God is raising a family that He will enjoy being with, and not just have to tolerate.
In the light of eternity our spiritual growth is most important. How can we recognize spiritual growth? By the fruit of the spirit, which is the same as becoming more like Jesus Christ.
EPHESIANS 4:15 NLT 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
GALATIANS 5:22-23 NLT 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Becoming more like Jesus and learning the ways of God is God's plan for you in this life.
SAY THIS: I am glad to be part of the eternal family my Father God is raising and training.
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