Several months ago, I had a conversation with some sisters in Christ regarding the way we view our parents, especially our father, and how our view of our earthly father can affect how we view God the Father. But God the Father is not the same as our earthly father. He is perfect, holy, righteous, just, and He knows us on a deeper level than we even know ourselves. It is important we understand Who the Lord is and how He defines Himself through His holy word. We need to be careful we are not using our experiences or emotions to define God. (Please see: Should We Use Our Emotions As Truth? | What Is Emotionalism?)
Last year, I covered 5 Scriptures To Meditate On This Month | Jesus is God and I thought I would like to begin this year with continuing scriptures covering the Trinity. Next month I will have some scriptures on the Holy Spirit.
God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity. Last year, my 5 scriptures to meditate on for Jesus being God was more thorough than my usual posts for the series. So, I do want to share some additional information and more scripture references about the Father, if you would like to learn more.
From my post on the Covenant of Redemption, the Father:
- Sent the Son as the sacrifice to the world. (Isaiah 53:10)
- He directed what the Son would and would not do, including what Christ would and would not know, not as a Person of the Godhead, but as a Man. Christ’s humanity was limited in knowing the things of God, as the God-Man. (This came through Christ’s submission to rely only on the will of the Father. IF Christ chose to use His own will, He could do so at any time, but did not.) (John 4:34, 5:30, 6:38)
- He proclaimed the Son to be the Son of God at Jesus’ baptism. Christ was known by the Father as the Beloved Son and the Father commanded those around to listen to the Son. (Matthew 3:17, 12:17-18, 17:05, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22, 2 Peter 1:17)
- Played a role in the resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:04, Galatians 1:01)
- The Father gives us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in our knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17-18, Colossians 3:09-10)
- Once the sinner is reconciled through the Son to the Father, the Father rebukes those He loves (as a father would for a child.) He plays a role in the refinement/ongoing sanctification process. (Proverbs 3:12, John 17:17)
And now, here are 5 scriptures you can meditate on this month regarding the Father.
Luke 10:22 – All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Jesus is speaking.
2 Corinthians 1:03-04 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Ephesians 1:03-04 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
1 Peter 1:03-06 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
*scripture is from ESV
What are Some Things We Learn About the Father:
- We can only know the Father through Jesus Christ. (See also John 14:06)
- He is the Father of mercies and comfort.
- The comfort of the Father helps us comfort others.
- The Father sent the Son to become the atonement sacrifice. (See also: Christ: Mystery of God)
- The Father shows us grace through sending Christ. Jesus is our hope. The transformation that takes place through faith alone and grace alone in Christ helps establish us for every good work.
- The Lord predestined us for adoption through Christ.
Some resources on the Father, first Person of the Trinity:
- How Should I Understand the Concept of Father God? – Got Questions
- Covenant of Redemption | Understanding The Trinity – Inside Cup
The Gospel Message– The Gospel message is good news, which means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
Scripture To Meditate On –(ESV) Colossians 1:15-16 – For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
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