Christian Churches of God
How God Became a Family
(Edition 2.0 19961228-19990622)
In the empty void before the beginning of time and space there was the One. He did not come into existence - He was self existent and, therefore, immortal (Jn. 5:26; 1Tim. 6:16). He existed and He was thus a being (or that which exists). The ancient Hebrews referred to Him as Eloah and the Chaldeans as Elahh. This word came down to the Arabs as Allah. He was singular and alone. He Was.
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(Copyright ã 1996, 1999 Wade Cox)
(Summary by Sarina Derksen, Ed. by Wade Cox)
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How God Became a Family
Eloah was a spirit (Jn. 4:24). He did not act on whim or impulse. He does not change (Jas. 1:17; Mal. 3:6) or experiment. He is thus immutable.
Abiding in perpetuity, He desired to extend His mode of existence and to share that mode of existence with others who would be like Him. In short, He desired a family of beings like Himself acting as One.
He thus determined To be what He would become. This aspect was revealed much later to the Hebrews as ‘eyeh ‘asher ‘eyeh or I will be what I will be (or become; see Companion Bible, n. to Ex. 3:14).
He decided to produce His family according to number and sequence; unfolding His plan from that predetermined sequence (Isa. 40:25-26; cf. Num. 24:17; Ps. 147:4 re stars).
He created His family in His image – both the spiritual and the later physical sub-families (2Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15, 3:10).
He became God as the Father from the generation of the sons of God. From this act He became multiple and hence as elohim which is plural. Before the beginning, there was only Eloah. The elohim were the beginning or arche of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14). He and the sons were elohim but he was haElohim or The Elohim. He was the One True God (Jn. 17:3; 1Jn. 5:20) or Eloah. He was the One who sat on the throne (Rev. 4:2).
God anointed two of His sons as covering cherubs of the Council of the Elohim – the prototokos or first begotten of this creation (Col. 1:15) of the sons of God (Ps. 45:6-7; Heb. 1:8-9) and Azazel the being we now know as Satan (Ezek. 28:14-16).
The will of God was communicated to the sons in the Holy Spirit through the Father’s willing self-disclosure.
God purposed the next phase of the creation. He intended to produce a physical creation in which the spirit was able to confine and control the nature of existence. He did this so that another phase or teaching medium could be given to the sons of God. From this medium they could learn both obedience and faith in their Father.
From this activity, God became the creator and sustainer of the heavens, the earth and all things therein (Gen. 1:1; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 124:8; Isa. 40:26,28; 44:24; Acts 14:15; 17:24-25; Rev. 14:7).
The sons of God were assembled and sang for joy at the creation of this planet by Eloah. The systems had been placed under Morning Stars as leaders (Job 38:4-7).
The entire universe had been placed under a system of government and order that we see mirrored later in the Tabernacle of the Hebrews (Heb. 8:5). Azazel was made Morning Star or Light Bearer for this planet (Isa. 14:12) and He was made elohim of this planet (2Cor. 4:4). Messiah is the Morning Star or Day Star designated to replace him (Num. 24:17; 2Pet. 1:19; Rev. 2:28; 22:16).
At some stage in this structure, God revealed in part to His sons what the purpose of the physical creation would be. The full mystery was withheld from them and only revealed much later through the Church (1Pet. 1:12). Some of these beings did not exercise faith in the Father and rebelled. Azazel took one third of the Host in this rebellion. At least until the time of Job, all of the sons of God had access to the throne of God, and Satan was among them (Job 1:6; 2:1).
God created man with responsibility for the planet (Gen. 1:26; 2:15). In the same way, He gave the heavenly sons of God responsibility for the universe and for the welfare of man. With the creation of man, God established the role of the sons of God as messengers and not before. The being given responsibility for Adam was Yahovah Elohim. This being was the prototokos or logos of God. That was the elohim that the patriarchs saw and with whom they spoke. This being was the Angel of Redemption and the Angel of Yahovah or the Presence (Gen. 48:15-16; Zech. 12:8; Acts 7:30-32). The sons of God became ministering spirits for mankind so that they might obtain salvation (Heb. 1:14).
Yahovah is the subordinate of Yahovah of Hosts who sent him. Yahovah of Hosts anointed him as elohim above his partners (Ps. 45:6-7; Heb. 1:8-9). He was given Israel because that nation was to be the means by which all the Host and all the creation would be reconciled as a family to God over the period of the physical creation.
God bestowed on Messiah His name, which is above every other name. Messiah takes the titles of honour by delegation from God the Father. He became Yahovah Elohim and high priest. He became an everlasting father of our fatherhood or patria so that we might bow to God the Father for whom every patria or fatherhood in heaven and earth is named (cf. Isa. 9:6 (the Angel of Great Counsel LXX); Eph. 3:14-15). Christ obtained a more excellent ministry (Heb. 8:6). By offering himself, he became the mediator of a new covenant because he purified the heavenly things and not just the earthly things. By his sacrifice he sanctified the heavenly Host and the earthly human Host. He who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are of one origin (Heb. 2:11 RSV).
He had to assume human form so that we also might be sanctified by his actions. Christ came to do the will of the Father and only after he had done that and offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, he was set down on the right hand of God (Heb. 10:5-9,12).
The Holy Spirit is the mechanism by which the elect are sons of God. We receive the down payment on our baptism and the redemption or the full allocation on the adoption, which is the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:11-17).
We also are destined to be co-heirs with him as sons of God from our resurrection from the dead. We were predestined to receive the adoption as sons (Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5) from before the foundation of the world. We are meant to be sons of God in power from the resurrection.
The angelic Host are our brothers (Rev. 6:11; 12:10). They are our brothers because they also are sons of God, as we are from the first resurrection (see Rev. 20:1-6).
God became a family from the generation of the Host in the first instance. He did not complete this act of Fatherhood and will not complete it until the final phase after the judgment and the conversion of the planet. All of the planet then will be sons of God as elohim under the will of God, acting in the Holy Spirit as one cohesive organism which we call the family of God.