Becoming A Child of GodAugust 16, 2022
The goal of a life of faith is to be recognized by God as a child of God. However, how can we achieve this goal without understanding the characteristic of God’s family (or the Heavenly family)?
The earthly family is a copy and shadow of the heavenly family
To allow us to understand the systems in heaven, God made copies of said systems on earth.
Hebrews 8:5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’
Moses was given the instruction to build the tabernacle exactly as it was shown to him. This was done since he could not see the heavenly sanctuary though there was much to be taught about the heavenly sanctuary.
The same applies to the heavenly family. In order for us to learn about the heavenly family and become a child of God, we must study about the earthly family, which is its copy and shadow. What are the components of the earthly family?
The earthly family consists of a father, children and a mother. As this is Gods creation, then it must contain God’s will (Rev 4:11); it shows us that the heavenly family must have a father, children and a mother. Let us confirm this.
Components of a family
Heb 12:9 “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected then for it. How much more should we submit to the father of our spirits and live!”
The bible teaches us that just as we have our human fathers whom we respect, we also have the father of our spirits. Let’s confirm who the father of our spirits is.
Matthew 6:9 This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,’
The only Father in heaven is God Almighty. Thus, the Father of our spirits is God Almighty.
On earth, the only way for a man to become a father is if he has children. Then, let us confirm the existence of the children of the heavenly family.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 Therefore, ‘Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you.’ And, ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’
The sons and daughters are whom we Christians aspire to be; the sons and daughters of God Almighty. This is the goal of our life of faith.
However, in the earthly family, who gives life to the children? Is it not their mother? The mother in the earthly family plays such an essential and core role that the creation of the father and children all depend on her. As this too is God’s creation, it must also contain God’s will in it. Then, what can we learn from this creation? Just as we have earthly mothers, we also have our Heavenly Mother.
Galatians 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free and she is our mother.
The Heavenly Jerusalem is the bride, the wife of God the Father (Rev 22:17) through whom we come to receive the gift of spiritual life.
Becoming a child of God through blood
Do mere words add a passerby to a family? How can one confirm if one is a part of a family? Is it not through DNA and blood?
Can mere words add us to God’s family? No. Then how can we receive the blood of God to confirm that we are bonded with God?
Luke 22:20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup saying ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’
The Passover contains the blood of God the Father and God the Mother. Thus, in order for anyone to become a part of the heavenly family, it is essential that they receive God’s blood by receiving the Passover that contains the promise from God that its bread and wine represent the flesh and blood of God.
To become a part of God’s family is the most prestigious honor anyone could strive to achieve. Like the child of earthly parents, a child of God becomes and heir of God. This heir has hope to not only dwell but also to reign in the resplendent glory of heaven.
However, as sinners who did not have to pay the ultimate price for our sins, can we only hope to share in the eternal joy without sharing in Christs suffering?
Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
In order to share in Christs glory, let us also participate in His suffering remembering that a majority of the suffering that we sinners deserved was taken on by Christ. As a child resembles their parents, we too must also resemble Christ by walking the path He lived on this earth. Though the path is not easy, the Bible teaches us that when we endure, we will see that the suffering we incur does not compare to the great blessings we will receive when we go to God the Father and God the Mother’s kingdom. Understanding this, let us joyfully follow in Father and Mother’s footsteps looking forward to the kingdom of heaven.