I was listening to a sermon the other day and the preacher asked, “Who do you think God is at his core being?” Coming from a legalistic church, my first thought was, “Righteous.” I asked my sister what she thought and she said, “Love, because the Bible says God is love.” I said, “Well you are closer to what he said than me. He said, “God is family.”
God is family. That threw me at first. But then he went on to prove it from the Bible and I could see it and I felt really happy about that. God is about relationships through family. How nice. How truly lovely. I’ve always wanted deep, close relationships with each member of my family.
The preacher said that when God came here to create a new world, he created the man differently than anything else. The animals and inanimate objects, he spoke and they came into being. But with the man, he shaped him out of clay and then leaned down and breathed into his mouth the breath of life. It is a moving picture of love.
Then God made Eve; he did not speak her into existence, he took a part of Adam and shaped that part into Eve. Adam said, “This is flesh of my flesh and bone of my bones.” The Bible says they were now one. God then told them to have children, make a bigger family. Those children would come out of their flesh also, and you can’t get much closer than that!
All through the Old Testament, God called his people his children or sons.
“…for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.” Jeremiah 3:19
“You are the sons of the LORD your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. Deuteronomy 14:1
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the LORD has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.” Isaiah 1:2
As always, the New Testament agrees with the Old. The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding. All his family and friends were there. His presence shows us the importance of a new family being made.
Here are some verses from the New Testament on us being the children of God:
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:17,18
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13
The Angels are also the sons of God.
“For they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” Luke 20:36
Son of man.
Jesus called himself the, “Son of Man,” more than any other title or name. That name shows how he considers himself one of us, and not just when he was here, but for eternity. He calls us his brothers and sisters. He is part of our family and we are part of his. The Father and the Holy Spirit are one with us and Jesus is one with them. John 17
I love the last thing Jesus said to us, in the book of Revelation:
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Yes, I am coming soon.”
Let us be drawn to Jesus and go to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9