God as Father
The Greatest Revelation of All
Perhaps the greatest name and this revelation of who God is, comes from His inner most being – His heart. Yes, He is our Creator. Yes, He is El Shaddai. But the Lord God Almighty is our Father.
Paul, the bondservant of our Lord Jesus Christ, reveals this to us in the opening remarks in his epistle to the church at Ephesus. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2). But this revelation of who God is unfolds even more in Ephesians 3:14-15, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ from whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named.” Ponder it. Reflect. Pause…
God wants a family. God desires fellowship. Therefore, He reveals Himself as our Father.
In Both the Old and the New
From the Old Covenant – The Lord our Father
Deuteronomy 32:6 – Is He not your Father?
Psalm 68:5-6 – A Father of the fatherless.
Psalm 103:13 – As a father pities his children.
Isaiah 9:6 – His Name shall be called.
Isaiah 64:8 – Thou Art Our Father.
Malachi 2:10 – One Father.
From the New Covenant – Our Father
Matthew 7:11 – How much more.
Matthew 23:9 – For One is your Father.
Luke 11:2 – When you pray say.
John 1:14 – Begotten of the Father.
I Corinthians 8:5-6 – One God, the Father.
Ephesians 4:6 – One God and Father.
Philippians 2:11 – To the glory.
Hebrews 12:9 – Father of spirits.
I Peter 1:17 – Address as Father.
Revelation 1:6 – Priests to His God.
Jesus and the Father
John 14:6-9 – Show Us the Father
Jesus came to reveal God’s Fatherhood and Himself as the Way to Him. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?'”
John 14:28 – To Reveal the Greater One
Jesus depicts His relationship as a Son to a Father. He points to another. “You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.'”
John 14:2-3 – To Prepare a Place
Jesus came to prepare a place for us in the Father’s House. Just as Jesus came from the bosom of the Father (John 1:18), so He returns to the Father. But we are now invited to go be where Jesus dwells! “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I Am, there you may be also.”
John 17:4-6 – Glory on Earth
Jesus came from a place of glory. He came to reveal the Name of God and glorify God on the earth. Notice the relationship of the Father and the Son portrayed here with deep passion and yearning. “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.”
John 17:24-26 – Behold My Glory
Jesus cries out to His Father, that His disciples would see His glory. He wants them to partake of His love and to be with Him. “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
The Holy Spirit and the Father
John 16:13-15 – To Reveal the Son and the Father
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” The Holy Spirit does not speak on His own initiative. He guides us into truth. He speaks of things yet to come. He glorifies Jesus at all times. He reveals the Father to us.
Romans 8:14-17 – The Spirit of Adoption
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, Abba! Father! The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…”
A mature son or daughter follows the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Adoption releases a conviction, a cry, an awareness within us for our need for the Father. The Holy Spirit confirms to us that we are heirs with Christ and children of God our Father.