Family Life Course Lecture 1 Guide

“Biblical Foundations of the Family”
Prepared by: David A. Magalong, Jr.
 
The Family and The Kingdom

1. The Family Represents The Basic Model Of God’s Kingdom or Reign On Earth

·         Genesis 1:26-28

·         “Image of God” = “male and female” exercising “God’s rule” on earth

o    Represents God’s Rule as His “Tselem” or “Image” – Functional meaning: Humanity as God’s Agent of His Benevolent Rule Over the Lower Orders of Creation (Genesis 1:26,28; 1 Corinthians 11:7)

o    Represents God’s Functional Likeness: Man as WORKER to meet the needs of creation (Genesis 2:5-7,15); Woman as a RELATER to meet the need of the Man (Genesis 2:18-23)

·         Man and Woman in Marriage To Propagate By Bringing Up “Godly Offspring/Seed” Who Will Model God’s Rule Through Their Future Generations (Genesis 1:28; 18:17-19; Malachi 2:15; Ephesians 6:4)

 2.  The Fall Brought Divisions Within The Human Family And Subjected Man To The Rule of The Serpent

·         Relationship With God

o    Violation of the Covenant through Disobedience
(Hosea 6:7)

o    Fear and Shame (Genesis 3:8-10)

o    “Serpent” is now “inside” man to dominate him: Genesis 4:7 (Heb. words robets, teshuqah, mashal) – compare John 8:44

o    Since then, the serpent now rules humanity – Luke 4:5-7; John 12:31

·         Relationship With One Another

o     Shame (Loss of Transparency) (Genesis 3:7)

o     Blame-Shifting (Loss of Moral Responsibility) (Genesis 3:11-13)

o     Envy & Murder (Loss of Human Love and Care) (Genesis 4:4-9)

3. The Coming of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ Brings Division Into The Human Family As Loyalties Are Polarized

·         Matthew 10:32-38; Luke 12:51-53

·         Luke 14:26-27

·         Luke 18:28-30

·         The context of these Scriptures is SALVATION: the necessity of faith and obedience in following the Messiah against those who reject His rule / kingdom because they refuse to recognize Him as the promised Messiah (“anointed king”)

 4.  The Acceptance of God’s Kingdom Restores God’s Original Plan For The Family

·         As a Married Couple – Unconditional Love and Submission; Mutual Respect (Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7)

·         As Parents – Instruction and Discipline Without Abuse (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21)

·         As Children – Honor and Obedience (Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20; Malachi 4:5-6)

 5.   In The Ministry of the Kingdom, The Family Is Given Its Original Priority as Representing The Basic Model of God’s Kingdom on Earth

·         1 Timothy 3:2-5

·         Titus 1:6-7

·         1 Peter 3:1-7 (Enhancing the effectivity of the ministry of the Word and Prayer)

·         PAUL: “If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?

Reflection and Application

·         What is my greater priority now – my family or ministry/work?

·         What course of action should I take now to correct any wrong priorities?

 

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