(8) Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
(9) And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Interesting two verses, eh? You’re probably wondering, “where does ‘family’ fit into all of this?”
Me writing this message all started with a family meeting I had with my three children. As we each talked about our desires, concerns and areas of improvement, the Lord said, “there is nothing more important to me than family.”
After the family meeting was over, I reflected on the family discussion and I began to look for parallels in the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ. I couldn’t really draw on any messages I had heard about family, so I began to meditate on the scriptures and decided to write on the topic. So, let me start with some questions.
- Why did John the Baptist bother to make the reference to children in relation to God and Abraham?
- What was being communicated?
- What does God have to do with Abraham’s children?
Well, in the context of Matthew 3, John the Baptist is telling the Pharisees and Sadducees to not think they’re safe from judgement because God made promises to Abraham. Just because they are Abraham’s descendants doesn’t mean they don’t have to live holy.
But that’s not all God wanted me to write about.