The Family of God

1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it not know him.

I love this passage from John’s first letter. Today I’m looking at verse 1, but there is more to come from the verses that follow next time. Here John first gets excited about the love of God for the people of this world. It echoes the well-known verse from John’s gospel 3:16 For God so loved the world … that he did something about it and sent his only Son for us. John is saying in both these instances that God’s heart is full to overflowing with love from mankind. And the outcome was to create a family of believers – all children of God.

Paul says in Romans 8:15 that we have received the Spirit of adoption, making us his legal sons and therefore heirs to all the great and wonderful promises of God. Through faith in Christ he has made us his own sons and daugh-ters, so we can call him “Abba—Daddy”.

John picks up this theme again in Chapter 4 of the letter we started with, when he writes in verse 19: We love Him because He first loved us. It all started with God the Father—this love thing—hearts reaching out to others, overflowing with desire for fellowship, relationship, interaction, wanting the best for the people around us. It is what was lost when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and go their own way, and is now regained through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. He obeyed his Father and opened the possibility for the restoration of that precious love relationship with Father God. Enjoy Him this week and live so he will enjoy you.

More next time…

Brenda Critchley