Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
It may be useful to contemplate the relation between believers on earth, and saints and angels in heaven.
1. They all spring from the same common parent.
2. They are all governed by the same general laws.
3. As children of the same family, they share in the same pleasures and enjoyments.
4. They have all the same general temper; the same distinguishing complexion.
5. They have all one common interest.
6. The members of a family, however diversified in age, condition, abilities, and improvements, agree in this, that they look to, rely upon, and are guided by the same head. It is so in God's great family.
7. They are all objects of God's love.
8. At the last day, all the saints, those who are now on earth, and those who are in heaven, will meet in God's presence, be openly acknowledged as His children, and admitted to dwell together in His house forever.Concluding reflections:
1. If we estimate the dignity of men from the families with which they are connected, how honourable is the believer! He belongs to the family in heaven. He is a son of the Most High God.
2. We see our obligations to mutual condescension, peaceableness, and love. The family in heaven are all of one heart and one soul. They are united in the worship and service of God, and in the designs of benevolence toward one another. If we profess to belong to that noble family, let us learn to imitate their temper and manners.
3. If we are God's family, how careful should we be to attend on the orders of His house!
4. Let those who are not of this family be solicitous to obtain a place in it.
5. Let such as profess to be of God's family, walk as becomes so honourable a relation.
(J. Lathrop, D. D.)
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