FOGBO unit 5a

For all in the Family of God
 

Syllabus for Understanding The Family of God

Table of Content
Entry into God's Family
Benefits of being in God's Family
God's provision came from His love.
The birth of the Soul.
What happened when we were saved.
Self Test
  
                                                       
The Family of God originates with God.  The family of God starts with the Godhead. God the Father is always the Planner, God the Son is always the doer, God the Holy Spirit is always the one that empowers.

The family of God is in perfect unity bound by love. [Refer to unit 2. The study of God]  Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters........Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth......Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the round, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. God made man to be in His family. Man chose to be separated from God’s family and became a member of Satan’s family through disobedience as an act of his own will.  [Refer to unit 3. The study of man]

For reentry into God's Family God prepared a way for man to be returned back into His family, the plan of Salvation.  Chart of the first promise of a Saviour given to Adam and Eve by God.

God's provision covers from the first to the last sin.


Salvation is God's Provision for man's hopeless condition.  We must keep in mind God made us to be in His own image and likeness having His character, holy, righteous, one of love, mercy and grace. But we have failed on all counts. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"  Rom.3:23


Consider: Rom. 1:17-32, 3:9-22, 5:12-14, 6:23; John 8:41-47 

Salvation is an act of God in response to man's hopeless condition and is totally the work of God not man.  “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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."  Eph.2:8-10

Consider: John 3:15-21, 36; Rom. 5:1-21; 2 Cor. 5:18-21.         
 
The entry into God's Family required a four-fold response of man to God's Word.
1. Agreement with God as to man's condition. "Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD." Jer.3:13

Consider:  Prov. 28:13

2. Confessing your sins, is not telling Him He did not know, but agreeing with what He knows. "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest."  Psalm 51:1-4

Consider: Rom. 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9

3. Repent of your sin, wanting to turn from it.  "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter."  2 Cor. 7:10-11 

Consider: Psa. 34:18, 51:7-17
 
 4. Receive God's provision for sin, trusting His integrity. " For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23

Consider: Rom.5:8, 10:8-13; John 1:12. 6:35-40; 1 John 5:11-15

Always Remember: Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”1 Thes. 5:24

Note: God does not accept lip service in return for His Son's life!  "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Math. 15:8-9

Consider: Mat. 7:21-27; Luke 6:46.
                                         
God expects the life He paid for to be His to live.  "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 2 Cor.5:15

Consider: Rom. 6:1-18; 2 Cor. 5:14-21



The Benefits of being in God"s Family. 

1. Peace with God. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" Rom. 5:1

Consider: Col. 1:20

2. Made His child. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13 

Consider: Rom. 8:14-16

3. Sealed with His Spirit. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."   Eph.1:13-14 

Consider: Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 6:19-20
 
4. Heirs with Christ. "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Rom. 8:17

Consider: Titus 3:7
 
5. Access to God's throne of grace.    "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Heb. 4:16

Consider: Heb. 4:14-16, 7:22-27; 1 John I:7-2:2  
 
6. Assured of being with Him.  "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John14:3 

Consider: John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thes. 4:17  
 
7. Conformed to His image. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Rom.8:28-30 

Consider: 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 3:10; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 John 3:2 

Never forget: "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thes. 5:24  
 
God's Provision came from His Love. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."  John 3:16-18

God's provision is God Himself.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-3,14

Jesus' birth was supernatural. Supernaturally born of a virgin the promised seed of the woman Gen. 3:15 ( Conceived by the Holy Ghost.) "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.Luke 1:30-35

Consider: Mat. 1:21-25 

God meets man's need of a Saviour by His Son, Jesus Christ. "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:9-11

Consider: Luke 19:10; 1 Tim. 1:16



Jesus lived for us: 

1. Without sin, pure, holy:  "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." Heb. 1:8-9

Consider: Heb.4:15

2. In perfect obedience to His Father. "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.John 6:38

Consider: John 14:10; Phil. 2:6-8

3. Fulfilled the law of God for us. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Math. 5:17-18

Consider: John 17:4, 19:30; Rom. 5:14-19.   
 

Jesus died for us.

1. Jesus' death was sacrificial.  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Pet. 2:24

Consider: Rom. 5:1-11; 2 Cor. 5:18-21

2. Our only acceptable substitute. "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" 1 Pet. 1:18-20

Consider: Acts 4:12; 1 John 4:10
                                                                                                 
3. Jesus blood is the only acceptable price. "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." 1 Pet. 1:18-21

Consider: Eph. 1:7, Heb. 9:12-14 

Jesus' resurrection was victorious Saved us and gave us assurance of our resurrection. "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him." 1 Pet. 3 :21-2 2 

Consider: Rom. 4:25-5:1, 6:5-11; Phil. 3:10
 
Jesus' ascension confirms the Father's acceptance and assurance of His work for us. "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God." Mark 16:19

Consider:  Eph. 1:20; Rev. 5:12

                 
1. To be our advocate. (lawyer)  "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" 1 John 2:1 

Consider: Rom. 8:34; John 17:9  

2. To be our High Priest.  "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.Heb. 4 :14

Consider: Heb. 7:25, 9:24 

3. To be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him." 1 Pet. 3:2 2 

Consider: Phil. 2:9-11, Rev. 11:15, 19:16
 
Jesus is the Head of the Family of God into which we were born. “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: . . .Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;Eph. 2:12 . . . Vs 19

Consider: Col.1:12-23;

 

UNDERSTANDING THE BIRTH OF A SOUL   God made man a living soul. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.....And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen. 1:26 . . . 2:7 


God told Adam if he used his will to disobey Him, it would bring death.  “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen.2:16-17

The word death conveys two meanings.  1. One of spiritual death which is separation of God's spirit from man, alienating man from His presence and fellowship, in need of a Saviour, and spiritual birth.  In Gen. Chapter 3 Adam experienced spiritual death, yet he continued to exist separated from God.  2. In reality Adam became the father of the living dead, zombies if you please, which is the real state of man without God's Spirit.  Jesus refers to such as the children of the devil not God. "Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them,  If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God."  John 8:41-47   

Consider: Rom. 5:12-21

Ever since Adam we have a physical birth, and must have spiritual birth, of the Spirit of God.  Being born again by receiving His Son Jesus Christ as our saviour and being made a part of the family of God. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:3-8

Consider: Rom. 3:9-23, 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:20-23; John 1:12-13  Note: Rom. 10:13; 1 John 5:11-15 
 
All true believers are born again becoming the true children of God. "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." Gal. 4:4-7 

Consider: Eph. 1:13-14                  

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WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE WERE SAVED? (BORN AGAIN)  The residence of the Holy Spirit had to be Hallowed, Sanctified, made the opposite of common. Which house we are when we are saved.  This is a process called sanctification by which God changes my standing with Him, and the state I am in, to what He declared me to be. He does this by the council of His own sovereign will and the power of His own might, through the agency of His word and His Spirit. This process is ongoing covering His past work, present work, and future work.


1. He changed our standing with Him.  (Past tense)  This happened at the time we received Jesus Christ as our saviour. Before, we were a Child of Satan (a Christ rejecter).   "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me." John 8:43-49

Consider: John 5:38-40; Rev. 21:8  Col.1:20-22

But when we received Jesus, God made us His Child. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."  John 1:12-13 

Consider:  Eph. 2:19  

WE ARE RECONCILED: brought us together with God. "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:"  Col.1:20-22   

Consider: 2 Cor. 5:18-19

WE ARE REDEEMED:  Purchased back to God from our bondage to Satan. "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you," 1PET. 1:18-20    

WE RECEIVED THE ATONEMENT: The promised payment for sin, the "Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." Pictured in the Garden of Eden when God shed the blood of an animal to cover the sin of Adam and Eve. All the Old Testament sacrifices were only a temporary atonement, a covering for sin, a temporary reconciliation looking forward to Christ. Now that He has come, and sacrificed Himself as the Holy, Righteous Lamb, acceptable of God for us, no more sacrifice need be mad for our sins. "But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself." Heb. 7:24-27


Jesus Christ was made our PROPITIATION: The only acceptable substitution for the payment of our sin.  "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;"  Rom.3:25

Consider: 1 John. 2:2, 4:10
 
WE ARE JUSTIFIED: brought to Him just as if we had never sinned.   "
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Rom.3:24-26

Consider: Rom.5:1

2. He is changing our state: Creating us in His image. (Present tense) Given a new life. "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."  1Pet.1:23  

Consider: John 1:12-13, 1 Pet.1:3; 1 John.4:17

Regeneration:  "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17  

Consider: Col. 3:10, Titus 3:5, 2 Pet.1:3-4, Phil. 4:13-14
 
3. He will complete the process at our resurrection. (Future tense) There is physical death one of the body, in which the flesh dies and decays, while the soul goes on its eternal existence, either with God in paradise or heaven, or separated from Him in hell or the lake of fire, which is the second death.  "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." Luke 16:22-23 

Consider: Luke 23:39-43; Rev. 20:6, 11-15 
 
When Christ calls His Church home before the great Tribulation some will not face physical death but all will be changed.  "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."  1 Cor. 15:51-54  

Consider: 2 Cor. 5:1-8, 1 Thes. 4:13-18

I must say I do believe we are not far from that day, Amen 
 
Self test: on Understanding the Family of God.

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to Consider: 
The Family of God:  
Q1. What is the origin of the Family of God?. 
Q2. How is the Family of God governed?  

Entry into the Family of God:
Q1. Give the requirements for entry into the family of God?  
Salvation is God's provision for man:
Q1. What did God make man to be and what provision did God give man to achieve it? 
Q2. What is man's condition by God's standards, and what can man do about it? 
Q3. What did God do about man's condition? 
Q4. What part does man have in his salvation? 

God's provision came from His Love  
Q1. What does the life of Christ show you of God's heart for you?
Q2. In the light of what you see of the Lord's heart for you, what do the following passages mean to you personally. John 15:1-11; Rom. 8:28 -39; 2 Cor. 5:14-21
Q3. understanding of The birth of a soul:
Q4. Do you have understanding how you are born again.

Every one has a choice to be born once and die twice or be born twice and die once!
Q5. Where are you in the light of the Scriptures?
Q6. What happened when I was saved?
Q7. What peace do you find as a result of knowing what happened when you were 
saved? 
You are now ready to study Living the Christian Life series part 2  
i-n Unit 6 
  

Now go do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and may your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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