A family in a literal definition consist of a social group made up of parents and their children, or a group of people who come from the same ancestor. This means that they are from the same lineage. A family many times have some things that are peculiar to those who are from it. These things may range from the way they appear by face, hair, skin color, and so on. More importantly is the behavior that those from a particular family exhibit. For example in the scriptures, there is a family called the Rechabites; what was peculiar to them and known by God was that they are not a fan of wine or vineyards, and they forbade their lineage from drinking wine, (Jeremiah 35: 6-7). Now, just as a family have something(s) in common, so also is the Church of God expected to have one thing in common. The Church is not just the gathering of saints who come together so that they can escape the wrath of God and come into glory; the Church is expected to be a family, and that is why Paul referred to the Church as the ‘‘Household of Faith,’’ (Galatians 6:10). And in another place, Paul said that the whole family of God (saints & all who are of God) in heaven and on earth is named by the name of the Father, that is, God, (Ephesians 3:15). This shows that the Church is expected to be one.
Jesus didn’t die for us to create enmity among ourselves by the use of doctrines of men to cause diverse separations and strives in the body of Christ, and for this reason He always admonished that we love one another, (John 13:34, 35, John 15:12, 17).
The Church is one body, that is, the body of Christ. A body will cease to be a body or a complete body if the arms, legs, eyes, hands and other members are not together. The blood used to save every man is one blood. We are united by the blood of the Son of God to the Father. There is one body, one hope, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, (Ephesians 4:4-5, NKJV). We are not called to worship ministers that the Lord has instituted in form of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers, and Pastors, but we are called to serve and worship God. The ministration appointments that God gave to man in form of the five-fold ministries is such that should bring the people of God together, and not scatter them. Therefore, whether we are ministers or not in the Church, let us remember to be faithful in dealing with one another as brothers and sisters from one family of God, for God is our Father. Let us not say that we are Paul or of Cephas or of Apollos just like some said in the days of the Corinthians church, (1 Corinthians 1:12-13). Let us remember that we are of God, and are of the same family, and with this knowledge, we are able to protect the ranks in the army of God, and stop the adversary from penetrating into our midst.