Household of God —New Testament Perspective
The Household of God is one of the key features in God’s plan seen in Scripture
Household means family.
Acts 15:16-18. Prophecy that God will build back the ruins of David’s House or Household so that the Gentiles can come in to God.
The New Testament Church as looking forward to an unshakable, eternal kingdom or home.
Luke 12:32 Don’t be afraid little clock, the Father has chosen to give you the Kingdom
Hebrews 12:38 Unshakeable kingdom
John 14:1-3 — Jesus refers to this “Home” idea when He says, “In My Fathers’s house there are many mansions.” He is creating an image of a home that is owned by the Father.
John 3:16 — We gain access into His Household through faith in Christ
Romans 5:1 — We are justified by faith and therefore have peace with God
Galatians 3:28-29 — Paul was clear in his writings about one family
Family Member is defined by his/her behavior:
You are of your father, Satan — you speak his language!
Paul says, “You are no longer of Satan’s household, stop acting like him!”
Three Definitions of Family that are rejected by the Gospel:
John 1:12. He has given us the authority to be children. The invitation is open to all.
There can be no division based on:
Nationality… Matt. 15:21-28
Culture… Acts 10:24-34 (no partiality w/Cornelius)
Race… Philip & eunuch / Jesus and Phoenetian woman
Wealth… Luke 8:1-3 Mary delivered, Joanna Herod’s steward and Susanna
Education… John 1:40-41. Fisherman
Occupation.. Matthew 9:6. Matthew was a tax collector
Lifestyle… John 4: Woman at the well was a Samaritan and a sinner
Condition in life… John 9:6-7. Blind man can see
There are many other scriptures which show the inclusiveness of Christ…Roman soldier, tax collector, prostitutes, Pharisees, women of wealth, lepers, poor, blind, rich, Gentiles, Jews
God as the Father of the Household
Romans 8:14-16. By receiving Christ, we receive His Holy Spirit. That is why we can call God our Father. His life is now in us!
Luke 15…Parable of the Prodigal Son shows us the truth that LIFE IS WITH THE FATHER. Son who was far and son who was near both misunderstood the importance of the RELATIONSHIP.
Result of Being in the Household of God: Worship in Spirit and in Truth
John 1:12; John 4; Exodus 19; 1 Cor. 11:23
Daily Fellowship: Acts 1:13-14; 2:46-47; 5:42; 12:12
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!