Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Are we related?

The Word for today:
1 Chronicles 29
Scripture unfolds progressively. It is always on the move.
There is faith on page 1 of your Bible, but as the pages turn, faith builds upon faith:
The righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.  (Romans 1:17)
There is glory on page 1 of your Bible, but as the pages turn, glory builds upon glory:
We are being transformed from glory to glory.  (2 Corinthians 3:18)
There is relationship with God in the Old Testament, but as the pages turn, an ever closer relationship is revealed --
David called God the Father of Israel:
Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.  (1 Chronicles 29:10/NKJV)
But David never addresses God as his personal father. In the Old Testament, God was not called the father of individuals.
That's because God isn't your father until you know his son. Only faith in Jesus Christ makes a son:
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. (John 1:11-13)
In the present realm, we are related through our fathers to our brothers. In the Kingdom of God, we are related through our Brother to our Father,
or we aren't related to "our" Father at all. There is no universal fatherhood because there is no universal brotherhood.

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