thief cometh not but to steal
Lucas Cranach the Elder, PDM-owner, via Wikimedia Commons
God wants to adopt people into his family. He has made a provision for adoption through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:1 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before him in love, 5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,
In the natural, on earth, if a child is adopted into a family, the family takes the child in and begins to care for the child.
An adopted child might have some severe initial needs: food, water, clothing, cleanliness, shelter.
At a certain point, when emergency recovery measures are met, then things can move to a different level.
A child can be educated and helped to become a functioning member of the family, the church and society.
In current society, some people are orphans and are not yet part of God’s family.
Not all, but some have no clue of the forces that are beating them up and seeking to “steal, kill, and destroy” them. They are tossed around.
The world works on two parallel train tracks. One is the natural world. One is the invisible world. There are good and bad forces at work behind the scenes.
Jesus put it this way.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
And so the world we live in is like a train track. There are two rails. One is physical. One is spiritual or invisible. And they run parallel to each other.
Here is an example. When Daniel was praying for 21 days, an angel was sent to talk to Daniel in response.
Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come for your words’ sake. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael [the Archangel], one of the chief princes, came to help me because I remained there with the kings of Persia.
An explanation was given that included both the natural world and spiritual world.
God does not want us to be orphans.
God wants us to be born into his family and adopted into his family.
Then, we can be taught of the Lord.
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