Posted by: SandreS | March 20, 2015

The Family of Faith

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Consequently, then, as we have occasion, we are working for the good of all, yet especially for the family of faith (Galatians 6:10, Concordant Version (CV)).

Paul presented believers as being family – “the family of faith.” In the book of I Thessalonians Paul describes his relationship with the saints in family terms, as that of a:

Gentle Mother

But we became gentle in your midst, – as though, a nursing mother, had been cherishing her own children (2:7, Rotherham).

Concerned Father

Even as you are aware how we were to each one of you, as a father to his own children, consoling and comforting you and attesting unto you (2:11, Concordant).

Loving Brother

We, brothers, having been for a short time separated from you in bodily presence, though not in heart, endeavored all the more earnestly, with intense longing, to see you face to face. (2:17, Weymouth).

The saints were not social acquaintances to Paul. They were not “parishioners.” Paul did not view his relationship with them as a religious one. He regarded them as family – God’s family – his family!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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