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Tim Adams | Craig, Colorado
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There Is Only One Father and One Brotherhood
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018
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January 24, 2018

Ephesians 3:15, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,”

A few months I listened as a young lady, who attends an evangelical church, prayed the following: “Lord we know that it does not matter what we believe because you love everyone.” While this is a very nice sentiment, it is not Biblical. It does indeed matter what we believe. Sadly much of what passes for evangelicalism in America believes what this young lady prayed that night.

This mistaken belief is based on emotion and at times it is buttressed by the misinterpretation of verses like the one we look at today. When Paul writes, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” he is not teaching that God is the spiritual Father of every being in the entire universe. This verse does not claim, as many believe it does, the universal fatherhood of God, and the universal brotherhood of man. Scripture clearly teaches us that there are two spiritual fatherhoods, God’s and Satan’s. God is the heavenly Father of those who trust in Him and Satan is the spiritual father of those who do not. Nowhere are those two opposite fatherhoods more explicitly delineated for us than in John 8. Starting in verse 39 it says, “They answered and said to Him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. You are doing the deeds of your father.’ They said to Him, ‘We are not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.’” Then verse 44 says, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.” In 1 John 3:10 John wrote, “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”

“Every family in heaven and on earth” refers then to the saints of every age – those who are now in heaven and those who are still here on earth. They are the only ones who can legitimately derive their names from God the Father. Christians are no more or less the children of God than were those in Israel who believed, as well as believing Gentiles, before the coming of Christ. Every family of believers is a part of one great big spiritual family of God, in which there are many members but only one Father and one brotherhood.

Sadly so much of what passes for gospel preaching today seems to miss this point out of a fear that we will seem intolerant and exclusionary. But the Biblical truth is that we are not all going to the same place. Yesterday a dear brother sent me an article about the late Steve Jobs the founder of Apple Computers. Mr. Jobs died without knowing Christ and as he neared the end of his life he was filled with despair. That is the reality for most of the world that is the reality for most of those whom you and I come in contact with each and every day. The world’s philosophy of univeralism has seeped into the church which is why we always must look to God’s Word for truth. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

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