#70 Children of God
Christ took on all that is ours so that we can have all that is His. One of those blessings is the ability to call God the Father our Father. That doesn't just affect the way we relate to God; it affects how we relate to all people, our brothers and sisters in Christ.
As you watch the episode, consider:
1. What does it mean to be a child of God? How did we receive this privilege?
2. What are the two lines of relationships we have? How does this understanding of our relationships shape us as Christians?
3. What does being brothers and sisters in Christ mean for us? How do we unite with Christ?
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Hey everybody this is Steve, and we're all called to be children of God. This is an incredible blessing but it's often one we take for granted. See God made the universe out of nothing, everything from the stars in the sky to the grains of sand on the beach. He created everything including us. And there's a huge difference between creation and God. Created things, like us, have a beginning and an end. We have size and shape and we're limited by space and time.
God has no beginning and no end. He's everywhere present and filling all things, completely free of any limits, transcendent. God is more amazing, and powerful, and glorious than anyone or anything we can possibly imagine. These are the two most fundamental categories. Uncreated God created everything else, which includes us, people. But God did not make the world for it to eventually end, and He didn't make us to remain just creations, He wants people to have a deeper connection, to be His children.
As you remember from our episode on the Holt Trinity, God the father only has one son. Not a creation but Light of Light, true God of true God, His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Gospel accounts Christ repeatedly refers to the My Father or My Father who is in heaven, God the Father. This really confused people because remember, uncreated God and the created world are two totally different categories. How can created person have such a deep connection with God and even call Him father? Of course, this is because the man Jesus is the Christ, fully human and fully divine, the second person of the Holy Trinity. And we know that Christ took everything that is ours so that we could have everything that is His.
This includes the incredible gift of being ale to call God the Father our father. See, this is the one prayer that Christ gave us, the Lord's Prayer, which begins with the words our father. But our relationship to God the Father is different than Christ's relationship. He's the only begotten son of God, which is why He calls God the Father my father. But we are creations and we're adopted into this sonship, as we become part of Christ in the Church. But our relationship with God the Father isn't exclusive with or on-on-one, it's in Christ, and it's with everybody else which is why we call God the Father, our father, together.
It’s not a little thing to call God father, and it's not something to take for granted. That little word reflects such a deep and powerful relationship. It reflects the fact the divide between God and creation is overcome; and that all of humanity is invited into Christ, the Son of God, so that we could all be children of God. And if God is our father that means that all of us are brothers and sisters.
So who we are as Christians is shaped by two kinds of relationships. First, is our vertical relationship with God the Father, which is only possible in our union with Christ through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Then is our horizontal relationship, our union in Christ with all people, our brothers and sisters. When you put those lines together you get the Cross. To truly have a cross you need both lines just like to truly be a Christian you need both kinds of relationships. As I'm sure you've heard before, being a Christian means we pray, we fast, we attend church services. But it's more than just a one-on-one relationship with God. It means feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick.
It means spending time with those who are lonely, cheering up those who are sad, comforting those who are in pain. Just like Christ unites Himself with us by joining us at our lowest point dying with us so that we may rise with Him. We need to join people in their lowest point, when they're hurting and in need of someone. Just like we need someone to join us in our tough times. Do you think that's something that we can do together as a beehive? Leave us a comment; let us know what you think. And please share this video and help us share the Faith with all our brothers and sisters. So let's be the bee and see all people as children of God, our father. Be the bee and live Orthodoxy. Remember to like, and subscribe, and share. I'll see you all next week.
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