We pray to our Father, knowing that He is King, but also knowing that He loves us and calls us His own. If we know God, we will live in obedience to what He has commanded. How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic?  Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). This accounts for the close ties and deep affection between the source and that which proceeds from it (the child or son). “I and the Father are one.” 6. The Bible reveals God to be all-powerful—a being of great, unmatched strength. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Kind – “So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. When Jesus was begotten in Mary’s womb, the prophecy in Psalm 2:7 was fulfilled: “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’”, At this point, the supreme God was now His Father, and He was now “the Son.”. Be the first! He never grows faint or weary (Isaiah 40:28b). . This is the heart of the New Testament message. Join the discussion. ’” Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her. Rom 8:28. Rom 8:16. Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. This is His work of sanctification. But cannot this be said of every person, Christian or not? Allow me to quote three important aspects of this: One of the best known pictures of God as Father is seen in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). This command is impossible to keep without the commitment to reading and applying His truth revealed in His Word. In Rom. 19-20). In Jesus’ Name, Amen. God is represented as the Father of (all) that He has created. In his standing a believer is a child of God; in his state he should be a son of God, and only as he gives evidence that he is a son of God can he really claim to be a child of God. The human mind seems to comprehend God as Creator more readily than it does as Father. 2:27; 3:5, 21). Sadly, many people have had very negative experiences with their physical fathers—sometimes due to abuse, neglect, absence or other factors. God created us similar to Himself with the potential to share in His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)! John 5:19. The Father Heart of God: Experiencing the Depths of His Love for You. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. Several books I’d recommend you begin with are A.W. Help your kids recognize the ways that God’s Spirit corrects us in our everyday decisions and interactions with others, how we can feel Him prodding us toward decisions that reflect His love and truth, and how we feel convicted when we choose to disobey. The New Testament reveals that God wants us to have a warm, affectionate, personal relationship with Him. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. John 3:16 – His Love Is Sacrificial “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 John 8:29. We have a family likeness by abiding in our Brother, Lord, and Savior Christ Jesus. We pray to our Father, knowing that He is King, but also knowing that He loves us and calls us His own. All other human beings have been begotten by the process of human procreation. Do I think daily how close He is to me, how completely He understands me, and how much, as my kinsman-redeemer, He cares for me? Jim Servidio is a retired pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association. Eph 3:14-19. D. Authoritatively (v. 4) God's love places a crown of royal glory and authority on us. 1. This book is probably the world’s most famous christian book revealing God as a true Father, who loves us. On earth, the family includes God’s begotten sons and daughters—those who have His Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 3:26; 4:6).  Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). I can feel Him behind me, guarding me, and I can feel Him going ahead of me. "Learning to See God as Loving Father." Vine. He knows you—your challenges, your triumphs, your strengths, and your incredible potential. The moral characteristic in evidence here is that of being led by the Spirit of God. The two expressions together indicate the love (of the child) and intelligent trust of the (son)…(Mark 14:36; Rom. This was final proof that everything Jesus said about himself was true. Paul opens each of his letters acknowledging God as our Father. His love draws us in. If not, why not? John 16:32, And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him. The children of God must be transformed into sons who are willing to be led by His Spirit in word and deed, in opposition to the cultural norms of a worldly society. Thanks for the feedback! The most vital, protective, loving and potentially nourishing human relationship is that of a child with their father. The Son knows the Father because He is by nature the Son; other people must become children through the mediation of Christ. A. W. Tozer begins his classic, The Knowledge of the Holy [Harper & Row], p. 9) with this provocative sentence: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” He goes on to argue (ibid. Though we all have physical life when we enter this world, God plans to offer all human beings the chance to experience an additional spiritual beginning that can result in eternal life in God’s Kingdom. “In him and through faith in him we … Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Do I look forward daily to that great family occasion when the children of God will finally gather in heaven before the throne of God, their Father, and of the Lamb, their brother and their Lord? . Christian fathers may only be successful in this role to the extent that we abhor the evil and cling to the good.  Packer, J. I., (2011-10-26), Knowing God, InterVarsity Press, Kindle Edition, p. 249. Your Word says You are a loving father, and I long to know You that way. In Gal. Jesus told some of the hypocritical people of His day, “You are of your father the devil” (John 8:44). - He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). Other research reveals that homes without the presence of a father produce children that make up:75 percent adolescents in chemical abuse centers (10 times the average), 85 percent of youths in prison (20 times the average), Teens in single-mother households are 30 percent more likely than teens in married-mom-and-dad-families to engage in risky behavior like (sex), drinking, drugs, delinquency, and dropping out of school. Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You . Do I love my Christian brothers and sisters with whom I live day by day, in a way that I shall not be ashamed of when in heaven I think back over it? Father Robert McTeigue, S.J. He is… Loving– “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1. Eph 4:15-16. That’s why He wants you to get to know Him. Here are some questions by which we do well to examine ourselves again and again. The Spirit bears witness with their spirit that they are “children of God,” and, as such, they are His heirs and joint-heirs with Christ. It should cause us to run to God, knowing that, as our Father, he loves and delights in us and is ready and eager to forgive us when we sin. made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father" (Rev. 10:23; 13:41; 16:27, 28; 17:9; 24:27, 30 (twice), 37, 39, 44). A man must desire and seek out truth, and a mentorship that comes from the teaching of the Spirit through the written Word of God. The word of God leads to the will of God that leads to His work. God doesn’t want us to view Him as a Father who is cold, distant and difficult to relate to. It is also interesting to note that John has chosen the word “Father” purposely. John 4:34, Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 2, p. 228). For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. They may come to a knowledge of God only secondhand, by way of mediation through the Son. After the fall, man can only become what he was originally designed to be through the life of God. The pit is the pit of death. Why? 16, 17, regeneration, and spiritual baptism into Christ). 4:4-7). Parts of the Bible even refer to God as love itself. Number two is the principle of glorifying the Father: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Mt 5: 16). All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. God becomes our Father, as the originator of the new birth and its eternal life, upon faith in the gospel. “Adoption” is a term involving the dignity of the relationship of believers as sons; it is not a putting into the family by spiritual birth, but a putting into the position of sons. TRUTH FOR TODAY: The goal is the holiness and godliness of Christlikeness. The phrase, “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” needs some attention (Rom. Human fathers must protect the loved ones entrusted into their care and headship from their own (the father’s) sin natures. Knowing God means understanding His thoughts and ways and learning to think like Him! Here are some characteristics of God the Father: If you have not yet experienced God as a personal, caring, loving Father, then you have much to look forward to. By faith and trust in the loving Father, believers come to know the love of Christ so that we will be filled with Him (His light, life, and love). 12:9). 11:3). He who has started a good work in you will bring it to completion. Knowing God (p. 250). “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Eph 3: 12). 2. 1:3…are a definition of what is meant by ‘Son of God.’ Thus absolute Godhead, not Godhead in a secondary or derived sense, is intended in the title.”, And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. We must separate from sin and defilement, and love others with the life of the Son as the Spirit teaches us through His word. After enough disappointments and unmet promises in my childhood, he became a non-figure in my life. How is this possible? Where this occurs, the son finds himself in the Father. Prayer: My Loving Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit whom You sent in the name of Jesus. Satan is the father of lies and murder, inspiring others to do the same. The New Testament is full of passages declaring God to be Our loving Heavenly Father. The apostles Paul and Peter both referred to the Father as “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:3; 11:31; Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3). We need not fear approaching God in prayer. At that time, we will be resurrected to spirit life and become fully born sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:19; Hebrews 2:10; 1 John 3:1-2). God The Father — All Powerful, Knowing, Loving, and Wise. This is not the Father’s loving design or will. We may not understand all His rules. Nashville, TN: T. Nelson. Added 3 years ago by samuelpeprahagyapong. 25:33. God’s love is beyond all human understanding. Men, our wives and children deserve nothing less than what the Father has designed. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” This verse does not define God as love; it describes God’s love as permeating His essence in all He is and all He does. This adoptive relationship, which displays God’s grace so signally, itself provides the motive for this authentically holy living. Love could be explained as wanting the best for someone, and that's exactly what God intends for us. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome… 1 John 5:1-3. Christ declares that these who are of faith are His brother and sister and mother as opposed to those who are blood relatives. 1. The evidence of being indwelt by the Spirit of God is the experience of loving Jesus the way the Father loves him. Statistically the greatest cause of child poverty is lack of two parent households. It is not as Father that God cares for the birds, and it is not as Father that God bestows His creaturely blessings on those who are not His children. Knowing God (eternal life) is something we can have right now (John 3:36). For some, their father might have put his desires for money, power, or sex over the needs of his family. 1:3; Rev 1:6 . These are the keys to truly knowing God. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. The fact that man could know God … Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. This is his work of sanctification. The Father’s desire and will is for all to come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus, such that no one is lost. The New Testament gives witness to Christ’s revelation of the wonderful relationship we can have with our heavenly Father: The name appears 245 times—over 100 times in John’s gospel alone. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. John 20:17-18, …and He shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father… Rev 2:27 (3:5, 21), Christ never associated Himself with them by using the personal pronoun “our.” He always used the singular, “My Father,” (due to) His relationship being unoriginated and essential, whereas theirs is by grace and regeneration, e.g., Matt. The Holman Concise Bible Commentary says, “Abba is the transliteration of the Aramaic term for father, implying great familiarity and intimacy.” Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words says it is “a term of endearment used within the family circle” (p. 1). Matt 5:48, The disciples were to do these things, not in order that they might become children of God, but that, being children (note ‘your Father’ throughout), they might make the fact manifest in their character, might ‘become sons.’ . Children of God Love One Another 1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. He spoke of God as “My Father” and “your Father,” but at the same time He made plain that He distinguished between the relation in which they stood to God and that in which He Himself stood. Sermon Topics: God The Father. Many people we talk with need healing in their image of God. , If God in love has made Christians his children, and if he is perfect as a Father, two things would seem to follow, in the nature of the case. The words, ‘Father’ and ‘Son,’ are never in the NT so used as to suggest that the Father existed before the Son; the Prologue to the Gospel according to John distinctly asserts that the Word existed ‘in the beginning,’ and that this Word is the Son, Who ‘became flesh and dwelt among us.’”, In addressing the Father in His prayer in John 17 He says, “You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” Accordingly in the timeless past the Father and the “Son” existed in that relationship, a relationship of love, as well as of absolute Deity. and added that obedience to one’s parents is also necessary (Eph. Pictures Of Our Father SermonCentral Preaching Slide. However, being a father does not always mean something positive. God seeks people, not because He is their Father, but because He would become their Father. John 1:12-13. 2:10), a new birth (Jn. In general, Man focuses upon the material, seen world that is temporary and passing away. All other humans have a physical father. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. There may be some we don’t want to follow. Knowing God As A Loving Father - Joel Osteen. , This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Find rest in the arms of God, your dearly loving Father. Their hearts abide through the power of the Spirit. He listens to me and responds personally when I pray or ask questions. Since He is the Almighty, we must remember that to disregard His Word means to incur divine discipline. He desires for us to truly experience His presence. Our heavenly Father should be the role model. The idea that all are children of God is not found in the Bible anywhere. Jesus said he could answer prayer, forgive sin, judge the world, give us eternal life. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself… Eph 1:3-5a. Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. People who never had a loving physical father can struggle to relate to God as a loving spiritual Father. Vine. In Acts 13:33-34 the verb “raised up” is used twice. 1:3). Although the hope of the gospel rests upon the fact of the fatherly love of God for mankind even in its sinfulness (see John 3:16; Luke 15:11- 32), still, only they who are actually saved through Jesus Christ are admitted to the privileges of children in the divine household. We each have a physical father who gave us life. For the most part, Christian men do not fulfill the spiritual role of headship in their marriages and families. When we call God “Father”, we mean that God has the original qualities that we admire when reflected by the best and wisest of all human fathers. 2 Cor 7:1. That doesn’t start when we go to heaven. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Please reveal them to me, and help me work through them. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Cleansing from defilement and our ongoing sanctification requires enablement of the Spirit to separate from sin and flesh (1 John 1:9; Rom 6:3-11; Rom 12:1-2; Eph 4:22-24). 4:1- 5). Here are 7 verses about the Father’s love! 9 This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.… 8:14- 16). God is All Powerful. Where this does not occur, sin is present, the son is rejecting his Father, and thereby repudiating both whence he came and what he is. 1:3; see 1 Cor. Thus also, although Christ taught His disciples to address God in prayer as “our Father,” He did not use that form Himself. The sheep know the shepherd: ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father’ (vv.14–15). . God is acknowledged as tender yet terrifying, challenging to the nations and yet intimately personal, offering loving care, provision, discipline and forgiveness. All love, glory, and obedience to the Father of lights! God has also availed Himself to us. Collected writings of W.E. First, the family relationship must be an abiding one, lasting forever. 4:30); but it is frequently used in a sense suggestive of distinct moral characteristics. Recently ACB was appointed as a justice to the SCOTUS to replace the deceased RBG. When men accept the Father, as He is revealed by the Lord Jesus, they become special objects of the Father’s love. 1 Peter 5:6, 7 God is our Creator, and he cares for us. 1:6). Knowing God’s attributes plus His promises gives you plenty of reasons to consider Him trustworthy. This knowledge is the basis for growth into sonship. That would be understandable. God’s Purpose for You: Discovering Why You Were Born, “God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God” (, “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite” (, “The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You’” (, He is identified as “Jesus, Son of the Most High God” (, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. 8:20; 11:19; 12:40; 26:2, 24; and (b) those which refer to His glory in resurrection and to that of His future advent, e.g., (Matt. God is now our Father. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. His countless miracles supported his words. He becomes our Father, and we become His begotten children, when we are spiritually converted. Wise in their own minds, these men inflated with pride become gods who are “evolving away” from revealed truth (in nature, Scripture, and even their own conscience) into a love of the world. , Huios, “son,” signifies primarily the relationship of offspring to parent (see John 9:18–20; Gal. In a more general sense, God is also Father over all life in heaven (the angels) and on earth (all people) because He is the source of all life (Job 1:6; 38:7; 1 Timothy 6:13). Christians know that God “predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,” and that this involved his eternal intention that “we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Eph 1: 4-5 KJV). Seeing God as a loving Father Lizzy L | 3 min read Growing Up I came from a family with a silent father. The process begins as the Spirit enters us with the gospel. From the very beginning, God has shown Himself to be a loving parent, but it is only through Christ that we’ve inherited the privilege to call the Him “our Father” (Gal. The Holy Spirit lives in the heart of all of us who follow Jesus and he intercedes for us from deep within, crying out, “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 6:4).
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