“God’s Family, a Symbiotic Loving Relationship” was the title of my teaching during the Royal Family Reunion and the subject of this writing. “Symbiosis” is a word used in biology referring to the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship. Yahweh’s family relationship designed by Him as a symbiotic, loving relationship can be understood simply as − God loves you, God wants you, God needs you, and as His child, you love Him, want Him, and need Him. We are His, and He is ours. To illustrate this relationship, three mutually beneficial concepts are used which are inheritance, portion, and dwelling place.
God’s Inheritance - The faithful ofIsrael and after Christ, all who believe (Ephesians 1:18), Yahweh deems His inheritance.
Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm. Deuteronomy 9:29
God’s Portion - The reason for creation and the purpose of the ages has been Yahweh’s longing for a family. Those who believe become His portion. The saints are what God gets!
For Yahweh’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance. Deuteronomy 32:8
Yahweh has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to Yahweh your God, as He has spoken. Deuteronomy 26: 18 and 19
God’s Dwelling Place -
We are the Israel of God today and as such His temple, His habitation, the place where He dwells through the spirit. “In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22
In that God dwells in us as His inhabitation, the following Scriptures are more relevant now after Christ than when first written. How electrifying and comforting they are to us.
Suchknowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, "surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night," even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. Psalm 139:6-12
He is our inheritance - Of all the many blessings promised to the saints at the return of Christ, the greatest by far is that we inherit God. We will be with Him forever. He is our inheritance (Ephesians 1:11-14).
Yahweh is our Portion -
Yahweh’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Yahweh is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."
Yahweh is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of Yahweh. Lamentation 3:22-26
Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
I said to Yahweh, "You are my Lord; I have no good besides You."…
Yahweh is the portion of my inheritance and my cup… I have set Yahweh continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken…
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:1-11
Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:25-28
He is our dwelling place - Yahweh is our refuge, our safe place where we are loved, comforted, and encouraged as infants with their mothers. He is our dwelling place.
God loves you, wants you, and needs you. For there to be an inheritance and portion for Yahweh, someone must love and want Him. He needs people to respond to His call so that He may have the family that He has wanted from the beginning. We are a part of God’s family; He is not a part of our family − His family, His rules. He does not change to suit us; we change to please Him. He has arranged this symbiotic relationship, but we must exercise our free will to be part of it. God will not force us.
Therefore, Yahweh longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For Yahweh is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18
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