Family In God’s Kingdom

by admin ~ August 1st, 2014. Filed under: Brandenburg, Jesus.

How does family fit into the scheme of God’s kingdom? God created male and female to glorify God in the context of a one flesh or marriage. The marriage procreates children, and sanctifying, God-glorifying, saving truth is passed down from one generation to the next. This populates, builds up, the future kingdom of God. Family is not more important than the kingdom, but is for the kingdom. We see this in the life of Jesus. In the temple as a child, he said to his parents, he was here to do the Father’s business, and same at the miracle at Cana in John 2. He twice calls her “woman,” that signifies the lesser relationship that is physical family and lineage next to spiritual family and kingdom of God. Matthew 12 is certainly a clincher here in v. 50, Jesus saying, “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” The Apostle Paul displays this knowledge in 1 Corinthians 7, when he emphasizes that Christianity has no goal of changing existing social relationships. 1 Peter is the same. The purpose again is evangelism and multiplication of kingdom citizens. As the Father sent Jesus, His son, to do this, so sent He us. I write this in part because of Matthew 10:37, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

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