By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
One family of God goes beyond the descriptive narrative of the modern day family. In our modern day family we are seeing; in many cases, traits of disparity and a dysfunctional family. The New Testament concept of the family is to live together in harmony and love (Ephesians 5:22 through 6:9).
Even in the church world there is often disparity rather than unity; particularly in many Western nations. Denomination identity; though it has its place, can also serve to bring division among the brethren rather than unity. Scripture reveals the joy of brotherhood in saying: How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1). (Comment)
I had a dream involving a family that had many talents; readily identified by the craftsmanship of individuals within that family. When difficulties arose; as a family unit, they rose to the occasion. In this dream I was mostly an observer; but did make one suggestion; that rather than be individualized in their various talents, to come together as a family rather than seeking individual acclaim.
I believe this instituted the title of this message: One family of God. I believe it pleases God to see His family being nurtured in love and unity one with another.
The apostle Paul in writing to the church at Corinth addressed the issue of the one family in God concept, in saying: For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been made to drink unto one Spirit. For the body is not one member but many (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
Paul continued in saying, God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked. That there be no division in the body; but that the members should have the same care for another (1 Corinthians 12:24-25).
In stressing the unity of the body (or the church); and the need for one another, Paul highlighted this fact, in saying: God set his members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him. And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you (1 Corinthians 12:18-21). As one family of God Paul was stressing the importance of needing one another!
When apostle Paul came to Athens, scripture reveals that his spirit was provoked within, when he saw the city wholeheartedly given over to idol worship (Acts 17:16). In his identification of their "Unknown God" he attempted to bring them to the God of their creation rather than the wasted worship of idols of gold, or silver, or stone, shaped by art and man's own devising (Acts 17:29).
In his identification of the "Unknown God" Paul was being instructive to his audience of the one family of God concept. He stated: God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is the Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands, seeing he gives to all life and breath, and all things; and has made one blood of all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth (Acts 17:26).
The identification of the fact that God had made of "one blood all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth" brought the one family of God designation into full view. I have been supportive of a ministry in the Philippines for 16 years; prayerfully and financially, and the term I was introduced to was that of an extended family. When we came together it was in brotherhood; bearing the concept of one blood of all nations.
The apostle Paul highlighted the fact that there is: One lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:5-6). Living under such a concept; without fail, certainly entertains the one family of God concept:
One Spirit is that of God's Spirit who imparts the same spiritual life to all believers. One hope is the fact that Christians share the same future certainty and are headed toward the same heavenly destination. One Lord is submitting to the same divine ruler (Christ).
One faith is all believers placed in the same trust in Christ for salvation. One baptism is that of God's Spirit available to all believers at the time of salvation. One God and Father is all believers in Christ having the same God and heavenly Father. (Taken from a Bible commentary pointing out the one family in God concept among Christians).
One of the most famous Evangelist of our day, Billy Graham; whose fame is well known throughout the world, preached Christ to a lost and dying world. He was not pursuing fame for himself; though acclaim did come. He was striving to do God's biding towards individuals coming into a one family of God concept; to one day abide in His heavenly kingdom; through Christ.
There will not be a denominational barrier there; there will be no separation because of race or prejudices, but one family of God abiding together in praise and worship of the one is made it all possible; the Lord Jesus Christ:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
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