His Person (God the Father)
Hey you! Nice to have you here.
Now, to our topic.
Think of the best daddy in the entire world. Someone kind, generous, patient, loving, fun, always present and very gentle. On top of that, this daddy comes home each day with a totally new awesome gift. Always something you absolutely wished for and needed.
Each day, decades after decades.
Well, that would simply be a very feeble beginning of understanding who truly God the Father is. He is so much more.
For some odd reason, God the Father has been portrayed, either in some paintings and in certain religious circles as a fat angry old man with a big white beard. Sort of a mean cousin of Santa Claus! That image of the Father is simply not true. The Father is Spirit. He has no form.
Do know or remember that God is LOVE, LIGHT, and SPIRIT. These are the only descriptives of the Godhead that we have in the Bible.
God the Father is also the Father of Jesus of Nazareth.
For those who believe in the Son and in his work on the cross, God the Father becomes“their” Father. In that relationship, we are overwhelmed by His perfect intense daily love.
The Father longs to have children… the more the better. He wants you to be with Christ in glory, in His own dwelling (house). In fact, His love has nothing to do with our condition or our own personality or character. Nope. You see, He loves us perfectly, regardless of who we are and what we have done. The only thing He requires on our part is faith in the sacrificial work of His Son, Jesus, on the cross. No membership, no works to do. All He asks is “FAITH”. Accessible to all at no cost to us. A gift.
He will not impose Himself on you. God leaves you totally free to accept the work of His Son or free to reject it. (Here, we are not addressing the subject of “Predestination” nor “Responsibility”, nor the work of the “Holy Spirit”) .
– In creation, God is the God of all of us (the world).
– In redemption, God is the Father of the redeemed (believers).
God creates time-space and in it, the Father sends His Beloved Son, the Christ. Jesus is the only way to “redeem” us (to save us). That was done when Jesus bore our sins on the cross. He paid the price to make us “whole”. To take away from God what is “fraked (*) up” in us and in the world. Jesus died for that purpose. To pay the price so that whatever was wrong “in” us and “in” the world would be made right in the eyes of God. God gets rid of “sin” by judgment. Instead of judging us, He put our judgment on His own Beloved Son. When Jesus came back to life, (resurrection) that became the demonstration (proof) that His work was accepted by God.
Those who believe in this receive Eternal Life.
So we needed the work of Christ. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me“. Cool stuff.
The Father is Eternal, He is distinct in Personality and He is Present in our lives and He drives the Purpose.
And this is also very cool. (The following parentheses are mine).
In Romans 8:15, the Apostle Paul writes this: “For you have not received a spirit of bondage again for fear (like a frightened slave); but you have received a spirit of adoption (like a beloved child), whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
“Abba” is an Aramaic term that appears three times in the Koine Greek New Testament (**) and it denotes a specific “family” context or relationship word. It suggests an intimate relation. Replace “Abba” with “Papa”.
Have a wonderful day… or night ;-)
(*) Yes. I know that “Frak” is spelled with a “c” as in Frack. But that later word speaks of a process of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting specialized fluid into cracks to force them to open further to get oil. But I use Frak as a new expression to replace a vulgar 4 later word that starts with the same letter. My writing, my freedom.
(**) and in Mark 14:36 and in Galatians 4:6.