Family is forever!

Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. – John 8:35

Some time after Jesus had fed the 5,000 men and their families, a group of Jews came questioning Him about His word, testimony, authority, and other things concerning Him. He explained to them that even though He had explained to them that He was indeed the Messiah, they continued to reject Him because they were children of their father, the devil. However, Jesus noted in this discussion that those who sin are slaves to sin. Those who are slaves have no permanent place in the family, but a son does have permanency.

We have all heard that “this” and “that” is the will of God, but have you ever taken notice that in the passage following the feeding of the 5,000 that Jesus said, this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day – John 6:39? This “raising up at the last day” immediately refers to those who have died and were followers of Jesus; however, it also refers to the literal raising up of those that are alive on that day, who also believe in Jesus the Messiah. We know this to be true because Paul wrote, Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord – 1 Thes. 4:17. If we are not the children of God, then why would Jesus raise us up at the last day to be a part of His family – forever!

Isn’t it wonderful that God has given us into the hands of His Son for eternity? We call Jesus the Blessed Hope according to Paul’s writing to Titus, Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works – Titus 2:13-14. Thus, God has willed that we – yes, we – be a part of His royal family and live with Him forever in New Jerusalem. Knowing the future that awaits us should stir up within us the joy of the Lord knowing, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast – Eph. 2:8-9.

Rest assured that if God has called you as His own and saved you, then you know that your salvation was because God chose you from eternity past and wrote down your name in the Lamb’s book of life. Accordingly, if we are not to be lost because we belong to Jesus, then we must be sons and daughters of the Most High. Why? Because eternal position with the Father means that we have permanency. We are not slaves but children of the Father. Elsewhere Jesus said that hirelings come and go, but the son is forever a part of the family. This alone should give us cause to rejoice. God has chosen us forever and not just on a whim for the time being! Because of our Blessed Hope, we know that we are a part of the family of God.

Father, today I pray to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus. I wish to thank You for choosing me as one of Your own and giving me into the hands of my Savior. None of this do I deserve, but You willed it and chose me. You not only called me to be Yours, but You chose me. Oh how I, like You, want all people to come to repentance and be saved, which is Your will, but we both know that not everyone will be chosen. For You said that many are called but few chosen. May those in my family that are not saved but called and chosen of You come to know You, accept You, and live for You. Amen.