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► Let us see characteristics of a godly relationship: ✿ We are the children of God! ✿ We are the true seed of Abraham! ✿ We are the brothers of Jesus Christ! ✿ What a JOY to be part of the family of God because we are saved! We remember here the words of the resurrected Saviour to Mary: "Go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God" (Jn 20:17). "Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says I will declare Your name to My brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing Your praises" (Heb 2:11,12) Salvation brings us into a state of perfect identification with Jesus Christ in the family of God. Whatever Jesus is to the Father and with the Father, we are because of Salvation. My sins crucified the Lord Jesus, but the gift of Salvation has made me His own brother. I went astray in my own way, without God and without hope, but the gift of Salvation planted me as a member in God's holy congregation. When I by faith received the gift of Salvation I became the true seed of Abraham, even the Seed of Promise. Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul! What a sacrifice for the sinless, spotless and blameless Son of God to call us His brothers! What a love of the holy and lofty God the Father to call us His children! Oh, what Salvation! Jesus says, "I will declare!" — His pride. And, "I will sing!" _ His pleasure. Then, "I will put My trust!" — His protection (Heb 2:11-13). Blessed privilege! We can truly confess and rejoice saying, "God is my Father. Jesus is my Brother. The Holy Spirit is my Guide. And so I will not fear!" Not only that, Christ has freed those who were held in slavery all their lifetime by the fear of death (v15). Fear kills joy, but release from fear makes us rejoice. We don't have the fear of death or of the future. David explains the joy-life in the House of God in Psalm 23:4-6. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me...You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever." Life here on earth for God's people is a foretaste of life there in Eternity. Because of Jesus and in Jesus we have everything and more than what we need.
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