Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Williams: the analogy to a family

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Pointing to his disciples, [Jesus] said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
    —Matthew 12:49-50 (NIV)
    Our deepest insight into the nature of God is expressed with a family analogy. He is both Father and Son bound together in one Spirit. We are created to be brothers under God, the Father. The human family is our best illustration of how each person grows in his unique potentialities by sharing in the loving care of a society of other persons. Yet each member of the family discovers what it is to give of himself for the sake of the others. The human family is only an analogy both for our thought about God and about society; but no Christian thought gets very far away from it.
    ... Daniel Day Williams (1910-1973), Interpreting Theology, 1918-1952, Daniel Day Williams, London: SCM Press, 1953, ed. 3, under alternative title, New York: Harper, 1959, p. 85 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:44-45; 6:9; 7:11; 12:49-50; 23:9; Luke 11:2,13; John 1:12-14; Rom. 8:14; Eph. 2:19-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have brought me into your household.
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