Near relations of the King of kings


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And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”—Matthew 12:49-50 ESV

J.C. Ryle comments:

Mark how He speaks of every one who does the will of His Father in heaven. He says, “he is my brother, and sister, and mother.” What gracious words these are! Who can conceive the depth of our dear Lord’s love towards His relations according to the flesh? It was a pure, unselfish love. It must have been a mighty love, a love that passes man’s understanding. Yet here we see that all His believing people are counted as His family. He loves them, feels for them, cares for them, as members of His family, bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh.

There is a solemn warning here…

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