“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:11-13 NKJV). Though God created all human bodies from the same dirt, with the same blood, each with its own soul, we must choose spiritually “to become children of God.” This is not by flesh and blood birth, or man-made religions, but only being born “of God” that saves our soul. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 NKJV). God’s spiritual family are those saved by obeying, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
I saw it happen in my family recently, and a friend commented the same here: Nowadays extended family gets together mainly at funerals. Rarely do members of an extended family come together. We’re spread out so far, for one thing. And maybe the Internet connects us in other ways that satisfy the need that some may feel to stay in touch.
One of the main activities of God’s family is its meetings and eating together at the Lord’s table. Continue reading
Ron, your post reminds me that a brother who used to be a part of the fellowship here often commented that, without Christ, we’d never have been brought together, both from our points of origin as well as our diverse backgrounds. How true that is!
As much as I love my physical family, I see in the saints here (here being SJCampos and Taubaté) how important the spiritual family of God is. For some, the church is pretty much all they’ve got. For others, there’s a physical family that isn’t supportive or is hostile to faith. Some of us are blessed in that much or most of our physical family is also spiritual family, but even at that, what heightens and informs our love and intimacy is the bond of the Spirit.
What blessings in our godly unity!
We have a single Lord, a single mind;
Among us love, acceptance, liberty,
With old and hard opinions left behind. —JRM