(Following on from my previous post
KB: Listen to this:
To have a biblical understanding of family means starting from the fundamental concepts, some of which the Bible does not reveal until the New Testament, where the hints and promises made by God early in the story (in the Old Testament) are brought to fruition at the story's climax (with the arrival on the scene of Jesus).
As we do so, we'll discover that family is much more than simply a manner of social organization. It is part of the fabric of the universe, a concept that involves relationships which will last into eterntiy and fulfil God's plans since the beginning of time. For in the New Testament we find out something utterly astonishing about God—that he is, himself, a family, a Father with a Son. God is the essence of family.
(Kirsten Birkett, The Essence of the Family, Matthias Media, Sydney, 2004, p. 14.)
What do you think of that?
BB: But in the Bible God is never referred to as being a family. The church is referred to as a family.
KB: So? It could still be true. And there's that bit that says something about “from whom all derive its name ...”
BB: Ephesians 3.
KB: Right. What about Ephesians 3:14-15: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named ...”
BB: That's a disputed verse.
KB: Yeah, well, at Bible college you get taught they're all disputed verses.
BB: Isn't there a footnote in the ESV?
KB: I don't have an ESV on me. Hang on, I'll look it up. Yes, it says: “Or fatherhood; the Greek word patria is closely related to the word for Father in verse 14”.
Hmm. That doesn't prove my point at all.
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