This week, we continue our theme of “Singing with the Understanding.” We will be looking at different songs in our songbooks, and looking at the biblical ideas behind them. When we do this, then we can truly “sing with the understanding also” (I Corinthians 14:15).
Our introductory lesson can be found here.
Some of the most memorable lessons we can learn come in the form of songs—if we are willing to learn from them. How did you learn the alphabet?—I’m willing to guess that you learned it from the song. How about the books of the New Testament?—I’d guess that you learned it the same way.
Open your songbook to the song “God’s Family.”
This song teaches some of the most basic doctrines of the Bible. It teaches of the family of God, the church, the saved people.
Today we will look at the lessons we can learn from this song.
- Verse 1 – Becoming part of God’s Family.
- Verse 2 – Life in God’s Family.
- Verse 3 – Destiny of God’s Family.
Verse 1 – Becoming part of God’s Family.
You don’t just instantly become part of someone else’s family. You have to join it in some way—through birth, through adoption, or through marriage (interestingly, the Bible describes joining God’s family in all three ways).
The Bible says that we are children of God by the faith, in Christ Jesus, because as many of us as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). Jesus says that unless a man is born again, he cannot enter into heaven (John 3:3-5). This “new birth” is the first resurrection (Revelation 20:6), being raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).
We become part of God’s family by being baptized.
“We’re part of the family that’s been born again…”
A family shares a common bond. When someone becomes part of your family, you love them, right? (with the possible exception of some in-laws—haha). You’d do anything to help and save your family, right? What would you call that bond?
“Love one another, for those who love one another are the ones born of God” (I John 4:7)
“We’re part of the family whose love knows no end.”
A family shares a common relation. At a family reunion, people may have different last names, but they’re all related to each other through a common relative.
The family of God is composed of those who are saved by the blood of Christ. The family of God is composed of those who “saved themselves” by obeying the command to be baptized (Acts 2:38, 40-41).
“Cause Jesus has saved us, and made us His own.”
God’s family shares a common journey. The members of God’s family are to be walking in the light (I John 1:7). The members of God’s family are on a journey—looking for the heavenly dwelling promised by Christ (John 14:2—mansions).
The members of God’s family know that this world is not our home, we’re just a-passing through.
“Now we’re part of the family that’s on its way home.”
Verse 2 – Living in God’s Family.
Families should be support groups. When one member is going through a hard time, he should be able to share that struggle with others in the family and receive comfort and support.
The same thing is true in God’s family. If you are going through struggles—physical, emotional, or spiritual—you should feel like you can go to your spiritual family and lean on them for support.
In the same vein, brothers and sisters in Christ should feel their pain and share their grief (Romans 12:15).
“When a brother meets sorrow, we all feel his grief.”
Families should rejoice together. When someone successfully comes through surgery, the family rejoices with the one who needed it. When someone finally finds a job after a long time of searching, the family rejoices with him. When a Christian (part of God’s family) makes it through a difficult time, we should all rejoice with them.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15).
“When he’s passed through the valley, we all feel relief.”
Families stick together through good or bad. A villain in a movie recently said, “I have no problem destroying people to take over the world…but nobody messes with my family.”
When times are great, you should be able to rejoice with family—the ones who know you best and are sincerely excited for you. When times are bad, you should be able to lean on your family for help and strength—because they need you and you need them. God’s family must stick together (Hebrews 10:24).
The armor of God in Ephesians 6 doesn’t have anything to cover your back—but don’t worry, because your family has got your back covered for you.
When God’s family sticks together, they gain the victory!
“Together in sunshine, together in rain, together in victory through His precious name.”
Verse 3 – God’s family reunion.
Sometimes family gets separated, but they look forward to the reunion.
Many families have annual family reunions. The family members haven’t seen each other in months—sometimes years—but they look forward to that family reunion to renew their relationships.
We look forward to gatherings like that, don’t we? Times when you get to see friends you have lost touch with?
Some folks get there earlier than others. My aunt Earline was always the first one to show up at family events (I thought her name was “early” for the longest time because of this).
God has a family reunion scheduled.
Some may have left to get there before others, but all of God’s faithful family will be there. And in that reunion, all the saints will be gathered together—a joyful family reunion. I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Timothy 4:7-8.
“And though some go before us, we’ll all meet again.”
The family reunion is held at a specific location.
Could you imagine getting an invitation to a family reunion, but it never says where it was going to be held? You’d probably think someone didn’t really want you coming!
All reunions take place at a certain location. Some take place at the park, others at someone’s house. My mother’s family has an annual reunion at the cemetery—no joke.
The location must be suitable for the purposes. There must be plenty of room. It must be a location that can be accessed (you wouldn’t be able to have a reunion at the bottom of the sea).
It must be suitable for the people who will be attending. You wouldn’t choose a place that had no seating or shelter.
God’s family reunion is held in a specific location: heaven! It is the place prepared by Jesus Christ for our reunion (John 14:2-3). It has plenty of room for all of God’s family. It is the heavenly city
“Just inside the city, as we enter in.”
Family reunions must end.
As fun and enjoyable as family reunions might be, they do have to end at some point. And as each year comes and goes, there are some people who won’t make it back to the reunions. Perhaps they’re busy. Perhaps they’re too frail to make the trip. Perhaps they’ve passed away.
But God’s family reunion is different. It is a PERMANENT reunion. All the faithful family will be there, never to die, never to part again. It is a joyful, forever reunion!
“They’ll be no more parting, with Jesus we’ll be, together forever, God’s family.”
Take the time right now to think about the family reunion that will take place in heaven. Who is it that you’ll be looking forward to seeing again? (names___) And now realize that once you get to see them again, they’ll never be taken away from you anymore. You will get to always be with them in heaven.
But here’s the catch—this reunion is only for those who are in God’s family. If you’re not a Christian, you can’t come to the reunion.