Tag: God’s family
Scripture reading for August 25th: Ephesians 2
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Ephesians 2:19-22 “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”
Because of God’s amazing grace extended to Jew and Gentile through His Son, Jesus Christ, we Gentiles have been brought into citizenship with God’s people, the Jews, and made a part of His household or family. Jesus, Himself, is the cornerstone of this new temple. The new temple is not a building, but a family of those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Messiah. Each believer is marked with the Holy Spirit as belonging God’s family and God lives in them through the Spirit.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers live by faith that they are in God’s family and are the current dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. His perfect love casts out all fear of punishment or being left out! “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” (Isaiah 28:16)
Scripture reading for September 18th: Galatians 3:23-4:31
Paul likened those under the law to slaves and prisoners. “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:22-24) In fact, the Bible declares that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) It is by faith in Jesus Christ that we are justified. We can never be made righteous by our works. The law actually imprisons us because we cannot keep it.
But thanks be to God that through faith we are now adopted into God’s family! “You are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ, for all who were baptized into Christ have clothed themselves with Christ. Therefore there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29) Paul was telling these Galatians that they were no longer under the law or slaves of sin. They were now sons of God, and clothed with Christ. Their past identities no longer are relevant. In Christ all are one new family. Christ is Abraham’s promised ‘Seed’ and through faith in Him, all are now heirs of God’s promises to Abraham.
Abraham had two sons. Ishmael was born of the slave woman, Hagar. Isaac was his child through Sarah by divine promise. These two sons were types of two covenants. One covenant, the law, was given at Mt. Sinai and brought slavery. Hagar stood for Mt. Sinai and corresponded to the present city of Jerusalem, because she was in slavery with her children. But Isaac was a child of promise, conceived by faith in God’s promise. We who trust in Christ are children of this free woman and born of the Spirit! There is conflict between the two even today! The main point is that faith brings freedom and adoption while the law brings bondage and slavery. What an easy choice!