Heavenly Family and Earthly Family
Hebrews 8:5 『They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.』
Not only the sanctuary, but all of the earthly systems are a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. The family system is the same. Christ Ahnsahnghong revealed to us the existence of Heavenly Mother by teaching us about the heavenly family system through the earthly family system.
Everything in the spiritual world is reflected on this earth. In other words, everything on the earth is a shadow and the things in heaven are the realities of what is on earth.
God established the earthly family system to show us that there is also a family system in heaven. The reason why God made every family on the earth to have a father, a mother, and children was to reveal that in heaven, as well, there is also a Father, a Mother, and children. God’s providence is to let us know the existence of God the Mother in heaven, as well as God the Father.
Do you want to be a part of the heavenly family? Let us find out how we can be members of the heavenly family.
What are you reminded of when you hear the word “family”? Do you not think of a house? Jesus also mentioned a “house” many times in the Bible.
John 14:1-3 『“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place [house] for you. And if I go and prepare a place [house] for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.』
Jesus said that the Father’s house surely exists. As of now, the house has been prepared. Then, who will be the members of this house? The family system described in the Bible is paternalistic. As you can see through your physical family, the first and main member of the household is the father. Therefore, if there is a father in the families on earth there must also be a Father in heaven.
- Heavenly Father, Ahnsahnghong
Let us find out if we have a Father in heaven.
Hebrews 12:9 『Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!』
Matthew 6:9 『“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…’”』
The God in heaven is our God the Father. Just as we have a physical father on this earth, we have a spiritual Father in heaven. He is God the Father, Ahnsahnghong.
- Children of Heavenly Father, Ahnsahnghong
Who comes to mind next when we think of a family? Most people will think of “mother.” But before we consider “mother,” we have to think about what kind of person can be called “father.” No one can be called “father” unless he has a child. No matter how old a man is, if he has no children, who would call him “father”? The title “father” is only used by children.
Therefore, a family must have children. Let us find out if our Heavenly Father has children.
1 Corinthians 6:18 『“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”』
Here, God address us as His children: His sons and His daughters. Children from the same father call each other brother and sister. As this is true in the physical family, so it is the same with the spiritual family: God’s sons and daughters call refer to each other as brother and sister. God’s children, who call upon the God in heaven as “Father” must follow the will of Heavenly Father. In the Church of God, the children of Heavenly Father keep Sabbath, Passover, and all the truth in the Bible, according to the will of the Father in heaven. The Church of God follows the teachings of Christ Ahnsahnghong and every member respects each other as brothers and sisters.
- Heavenly Mother, Jerusalem
We have studied that there exists God the Father and His children in the heavenly family. Then, who is left? It is Mother.
Galatians 4:25-26 『Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.』
In this verse we can find the words “our mother.” “Our” refers to the children of God, those who believe in God. This verse reveals that there exists a Heavenly Mother to the children who will be saved.
So far, we have studied about the members who compose a family and we have confirmed that we have a spiritual family in heaven. Just as we have fathers, brothers, sisters, and mothers in our physical families, we have our Father, brothers, sisters, and Mother in our spiritual family.
- The Family Must be Connected by Blood
What connects a family together? It is blood. Just as physical children inherit their father and mother’s flesh and blood, the spiritual children inherit the spiritual Father and Mother’s flesh and blood. If the physical family is connected by physical blood, then the heavenly family is connected by heavenly blood, because what is on earth is a copy and a shadow of what is in heaven.
John 6:53-55 『Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my fresh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”』
Jesus fed His people with His flesh and blood, so the Heavenly Father and Mother’s blood and flesh are now in us. Only God has eternal life. The flesh and blood of God, who gives eternal life, has been given to us, making us God’s children. Thus, we have become eternal beings and we are able to call upon God, “Abba, Father!”
- Right to Become the Children of Father Ahnsahnghong
Then, through what truth can we receive the right to become God’s children? How can we inherit the flesh and blood of our heavenly Father?
Matthew 26:17-19 『On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.』
Matthew 26:26-28 『While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.』
As shown above, the Passover bread is Jesus’ body, His flesh, and the Passover wine is Jesus’ blood. By eating and drinking the bread and wine of the Passover, we can receive God’s flesh and blood and become God’s children.
Christ Ahnsahnghong is the one who brought the Passover in this last age. Christ Ahnsahnghong is our spiritual Father who brought us the Passover, which spiritually connects us with God. Our spiritual Mother is the true God who gives us birth and brings us up.
Don’t you want to be a member of the spiritual family? Let us all become God’s children, receiving the flesh and blood of our Heavenly Father Ahnsahnghong and our Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem through the Passover of the New Covenant, so that we can inherit the kingdom of God.