Under Adam, we were “children of wrath,” subject to God’s judgment because of our sin (Eph. 2:1-3). We were self-focused and alienated from others; we sought to build communities centered on our own wants and our own needs. In Christ, we have been set free from selfishness and pride. We have been adopted into God’s family (Gal. 4:4-7). We are his sons and daughters. We are no longer orphans, alienated from God and each other, but brothers and sisters in God’s family. The strength and depth of our relationships is a living picture of the power of the gospel.

As family, we no longer live for and depend upon ourselves. We are children of God who depend upon our Heavenly Father and his power in our lives (1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10). We live to bring honor and glory to his name (Matt. 6:9). We no longer live in isolation but prefer one another and sacrifice for one another. We enjoy being together. We disciple, nurture, and hold one another accountable. And we feel love and kinship toward those alienated from God, longing for them to be reconciled to our Father who created them in his image and likeness (Gen. 1:27).