2012-06-03 - God's Family
The Epistles of John ~ Part 39 ~ 1 John 2
One of the things I've noticed, over the years, is that often there is no distinction between the way children behave towards their parents and how we behave as adults with God. John calls us children, and when he does, it is a positive, but it is also carries his concern for us. We find this same concern expressed throughout the New Testament.
Consider Christ's words. He calls us to be childlike in our faith, but not childish. And in that context, He also expresses God's general concern for children.
"At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matthew 18:1-5).
In this study, we will see that the world is full of children, but the question is, who is the father or is that Father?
To be continued.