Every house begins with a foundation and planning. Likewise, every family is the product of the planning that founds it and keeps it going. Christians are described as a family. So, what does the Bible teach about the establishment and description of the household of God? Read Ephesians 2:17-22.
Every family has a beginning, cause, and/or foundation (v.17-18, 20). For the household of God, Jesus Christ is ALL three. It is by the preaching of Christ that people are gathered into this one family (Romans 1:16; 10:17). Just like a marriage establishes the Biblical family, so Christ unites all willing souls in a meaningful relationship to God the Father and each other (Matthew 19:5). Jesus is and should always be the foundation of the Christian family (Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 3:11).
Every family is built on relationships (v.18-19). God’s family is described as a household composed of fellow citizens. As citizens we have a mutual access in the Spirit to the Father. Citizenship means that together we:
- mutually submit to one authority (Christ) – 1 Timothy 6:15,
- enjoy the benefits of citizenship – Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 5:1, and
- identify ourselves as a group that belongs together.
We are called sons and children (1:5-7), made possible through the grace of faith and obedience (2:8-10). This denotes an intimate familiar relationship that is possible only through this reconciliation. God’s household displays concepts of love and family that run deeper than physical blood. It is the blood of Christ that unites His people in the mutual choice to love each other (John 13:34-35).
Every family has a design or function (v.20-22). How does God want His family to act? Or, what should the family of God look like? From this passage we learn that God’s family is designed to be:
- a growing family – “grows into a holy temple,”
- a united family – “joined together,”
- a holy family – “grows into a holy temple in the Lord,” and
- a spiritual family – “built together…by the Spirit.”
What would it look like if we decided that our families would be growing, united, holy, and spiritual families?
Let us pray for our families and congregations. May they strive to look more and more like the household of God.