We are children of the Father and the bride of the Son. When God the Son takes his people as his wife, God the Father looks upon his Son’s bride and says, “Welcome, my child, to my family.” Our union with Christ guarantees our reception into the household of His Father.
Joel R Beeke, Getting Back in the Race, p79
Because we are united to Christ by faith, when we are adopted into God’s family we not only join the international people of God scattered around the world, wee are even brought right into the triune family of God himself! When we pray, we are not shouting to our Father from a distance .We can whisper in our hearts to our Father, for as members of the body of the Son we have ‘access to the Father by one Spirit’ (Ephesians 2:18). In Christ by faith, we are praying from within the Trinity of God!
Richard Coekin, Our Father, p34
I’ve recently been watching some of the TED videos, many of which are fascinating. One I watched tonight was an inventory of invisible things, which was a delightfully baffling look at life. Towards the end of the talk (9:20 in if you want to check for yourself) the speaker, John Lloyd, concludes
There are only two questions really worth asking:
‘Why are we here?’
‘What shall we do about it while we are?’
What excellent questions! Fortunately we have answers to both of of them: we are here because God created us as an overflow of His Trinitarian love, enabling Him to love us and us to love Him. While we are here we should enter a personal relationship with God and live our lives for His glory. This isn’t the answer that John Lloyd gives, but he does offer a quote from poet W. H. Auden:
We are here, on earth, to help others. What the others are here for I’ve no idea.
(N.B. According to wikiquote, the quote is actually by John Foster Hall.)