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We at First Church believe that one of the reasons the universe was created was for humans to have an inheritance when they become the children of God within the divine Family.  Christ is the “firstborn Son” of many more children who will become part of God’s divine Family.  Before the cosmos ever came into existence, we find the Lord speaking through the apostle Paul, that the ultimate plan of God was to bring into existence a great number of children of God just like Christ, the Father’s “dearSon,” the firstborn of God’s creative genius.  Moreover, in that preordained plan of the Father it was decided that Christ Jesus would enter the world to die for all the sins of mankind in order that we all might come into the eternal heavenly family of God.  We are to become like He is:

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him [Christ Jesus], for who are all things, and by who are all things [that is, all things were created by Christ], in bringing many sons unto glory to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both He that sanctifies [that is, Christ Jesus] and they who are sanctified are all of one [the Father]: for which cause he [Christ] is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, I will declare your name unto my brothers, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.  Again, I will put my trust in him.  And again, Behold, I and the children which God hath given me” Hebrews 2:9–13.

The purpose of God as revealed in the Gospel is to bring many children into the Family of God.  In this section of the Book of Hebrews, we are shown that Christ Jesus became the captain [or the leader] to bring many children to God and that those children have become “my brethren” This means that Christ Jesus is the Elder Brother of all who have been brought into the divine Family.  This was the plan of God before the world’s foundation.  Jesus once said, who is my mother or my brother but them which do the will of God.

God desires and intends His Church to be a strong spiritual family that strengthens and enhances our natural families.  There is strength in the unity of the faithful.  We at First Church encourage you to come and join our family!

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