The Function of the Household
Scripture frequently uses the metaphor of the family to describe relationships in the kingdom of God. God is the Father; Jesus is our elder brother; we are brothers and sisters to one another; we belong to the same family. In Galatians 6, Christians are called the household of faith. In reality, every Christian is a member of two households—the household of his natural family and the household of faith. Understanding the relationship between these two households is so important that God has given us clear pictures of how these households should function. We shall look at each in turn.