[March 20]
Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,...and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. II Corinthians 6:17, 18
WHAT a promise! What a suggestion—that we, by nature defiled and imperfect, should not only have the notice of our sovereign Creator, but should be invited to become his children and be given the assurance of his parental affection for us—that "like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that reverence him." How wonderful it seems! And then, as the apostle elsewhere declares, this is not the end of the matter, but merely the beginning, for he says, "If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Z'15-233 R5739:5 (Hymn 189)