Are You A Part of the Family of God? By: Sis. Irene Spanogle
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Eph. 3:14, 15 God desired a family. He only had one son, but his plan was to have many sons. He had a long range plan for getting it accomplished, but because He is the almighty, omniscient God He knew exactly how He was going to get it done. Gauging by the way we think, it took a long time. But time means nothing to God. 2 Pe. 3:8 says, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. So it has been in the making for over 6,000 years, but what is that to God? And His family is growing every day. No doubt, the larger portion of His family is already over in heaven now. We read in He. 2:10, “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing MANY SONS unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”. The wonderful news is that now ANYONE can become a son of God. Peter said in Ac. 10:35, “But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him”. No matter how little truth one knows, God reveals himself to every living person at some point in life, no matter where they live. If that person accepts God for who He is and begins to do right, works righteousness, he becomes a son of God. God‘s family on earth is much larger than what we see or know, but God knows each one. He is the only one that sees the heart. He requires righteousness of his sons, and He does not tolerate willful disobedience in his sons. Jesus was the perfect son, and we must pattern our manner of living after his example, as we read in 1 Pe. 2:21, 22, “…Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth”. What a high honor to be a son of God. May we so live today that God can say of US, as he did of his son Jesus in Mt. 17:5, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.