Let us continue our discussion from the last post with another quote from Brian Knowles. We continue with the thoughts of our needing, as the Body of Christ, to return to an understanding that the family is the church in miniature.
Therefore, we as parents, must accept our responsibility to see that our families and homes become, in spirit and truth, the church in miniature. There is tremendous power and opportunity in this, if we can only embrace this, by the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The center of our life, faith and walk, in the Lord Jesus Christ, of indeed Christianity must be the family and therefore the home first. Brian continues with these thoughts,
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I was struck recently by an article that I was reading which began its discourse with a discussion regarding the importance of the family in Jewish thought and practice. This article was written by Brian Knowles. I was definitely impressed with it overall.
I would like to take a couple of quotes from this article and respond or expand on them over a couple of posts, as I found his remarks speaking to right where I am at, regarding this whole issue of the importance of the family. So, let me begin with our first quote.
“In those days, much religious activity rotated around the second temple. Yet, despite the fervor surrounding temple worship, the Jewish home had always been the most important center of spiritual life. Following the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., the role of the home as a “small temple” or “sanctuary” (miqdash me’at – cf. Ezk. 11:16) became even more important. Dr. Marvin Wilson writes, “Foundational to all theory on the biblical concept of the family is the Jewish teaching that the home is more important than the synagogue. In Jewish tradition, the center of religious life has always been the home. The Church has yet to grapple seriously with this crucial concept” (Our Father Abraham, p. 216)
Jn 15:4 ESV “Abide in me and I in you.”
The Lord has drawn me to this text and specifically this phrase, “Abide in me and I in you”. It has indeed captured my attention as I was caught up in the simplicity of this powerful but all too often overlooked truth. We must remain, stay, abide, and continue, in the Lord Jesus Christ even as He will remain, stay, abide and continue in us.
The Lord Jesus Christ is here declared to be The Vine. He, Himself, is the source of our lives and eternal fruitfulness. As a branch of He who is the vine, we must remain attached, connected and in a position of receiving that which is only available in and through Him, of His life, Spirit, Anointing and that His fruitfulness of nature, character and being may manifest in and through us.