God Blesses the World Through His Family
Contrary to a growing belief, the family was not a human social construct to facilitate interpersonal relationships and ensure economic survival. It was and is God’s idea. History testifies and will continue to testify that the breakdown of the family will be the unwinding of society. Artificial means of organizing human relations by civil governments do not align with the divine design and they are doomed to fail. Those tempted by the lies of socialism and Marxism must wake up.
But the downward spiral of Western civilization does not cause God to despair. He has invested heavily in his creation and will not abandon it to the forces of evil. God did not throw up his hands when Adam and Eve sinned and messed up the Garden of Eden. He refused to destroy everything when the world became so corrupt in Noah’s day.
When Abraham’s descendants were enslaved in Egypt, he led them out. When Israel chose a bad king, God gave them a good one. When the nation violated his covenant, and ended up ruled by Babylon, the most pagan empire in the world, he brought them back to their homeland. For 400 years of turmoil as nations swapped control of the known world, he was silent until Jesus appeared. When Jesus was unjustly killed and laid in the grave, God raised him. When the church became corrupt in the Middle Ages, he caused a reformation.
But we notice that God has always interacted with the nations of the world through his spiritual family. The people of God are called sons because of the authority they have been given to do his business. Adam, Isaac, Israel, David, and Jesus were all sons who acted in concert with the purposes of God to bless the world.
The astounding news is that in our time, we who have received Jesus as Lord by faith are the sons. We have the privilege of representing him and carrying out his work on earth. The hope of the nations is related to the activity of the sons of God. If the sons are ignorant of their identity, or negligent toward their calling, the whole world suffers. Another way of saying it; the blessings on the nations will come through the revival of the family of God.
As it was the 16th century, the recovery of the simple and pure gospel is the key. People do not become children of God — sons by any means except through faith in Jesus alone.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. — John 1:9-13 (ESV)
There are reasons to hope. God has not given up on his way of blessing. He still has sons on the earth, his family. Millions of those who have truly been born of the Spirit are hungry for the sound of the gospel of grace that initially awakened them to faith. They are starving for the nourishment that comes from the gospel. They have been fed the pabulum moralistic religion based on some form of transactional false gospel.
The corrupt church of the 16th century sold salvation through indulgences. Today’s religious peddlers promise various forms of temporal prosperity, while the awe of the cross of Jesus loses it glow. But the imperishable seed of the gospel sown in people’s hearts will not cease to cry for the sincere milk of the word.
Church leaders are growing tired of trying to water the dessert one cupful at a time. Many are returning to believing with the apostle Paul that “the gospel is the power of God for salvation…”
The internet is waiting. Evil forces are eager to use it for the dissemination of lies, but it allows any child of God to post their story of the grace of God. And the advantage goes to the sons, because God’s word does not go forth without accomplishing what it was sent to do. It was sent to bring light to darkness and life to death.
Rise up, O Family of God. The world is waiting.