Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Standing on the Promises Part 4

Faithful Families

Wilson demonstrates through scripture God's intention that children follow in their parents' faith. God has promised that in the New Testament, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, there will be whole families where parents, children and grandchildren all follow after the Lord. Every family that we each have known where this is true, is a fulfillment of God's promise to do this (Ez 37:24-26). We all know families where this has not been shown true. Does this mean that God has not come through on His promise to some families? No. God has simply promised that there will be families with faithful Christians for generation after generation. Whether or not our family will be a fulfillment of God's promise to be a God to us and to our children and to their children after them, (Gen. 17:7) is dependent on us believing God's promises and that belief being shown by faithful obedience.

Wilson quotes Psalm 103:17-18

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to such a keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them." The promise in this passage is clear. But three elements of parental responsibility also need to be mentioned--keeping the covenant, remembering His commandments, and doing His commandments. (author's emphasis)

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