“… from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derive its name.”
The Apostle Paul takes his posture of humility and attitude of gratitude for God’s grace (vs.14), then proceeds to declare another 2 reasons for his sense of awe, humility and gratitude towards God:
Reason #1: Paul has been a member of an eternal family that has members both in heaven and earth… and so have you and I! Think of the “family reunion of joy” we will have when Christ’s Kingdom is fully established on earth. And those people of faith who you have admired from afar, are not a part of your eternal family. For me, that means I get to rejoice with King David as just 1 of many people of faith I admire, and not get to call a “brother in the Lord”.
Reason #2: God gives us “His Name” through Jesus Christ. No matter how much you like – or dislike – your family heritage, you NOW have a heritage of eternal glory and honor. “Child of God” will be put on your “eternal resume”! WOW!
We should pray with the knowledge that we have the support and encouragement of our eternal family of God; and with the support of “Our Father Who is in heaven”; with the support of Jesus Christ, who is Friend, Brother and Lord; and with the support of God’s Eternal Spirit.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,