It’s Father’s Day and I want to talk about our Heavenly Father.
I was blessed with a good Dad. He’s gone now, but I have fond memories of him. I know that many people were not so blessed when it comes to the dad department. Check out this excerpt from “Blue Like Jazz” By Donald Miller
My father left my home when I was young, so when I was introduced to the concept of God as Father, I imagined Him as a stiff, oily man who wanted to move into our house and share a bed with my mother. I can only remember this as a frightful and threatening idea. We were a poor family who attended a wealthy church, so I imagined God as a man who had a lot of money and drove a big car. At church they told us we were children of God, but I knew God’s family was better than mine, that He had a daughter who was a cheerleader and a son who played football…
…Today I wonder why it is God refers to Himself as “Father” at all. This, to me, in light of earthly representation of the role, seems a marketing mistake.
God, the Father in the Bible
Looking through the Old Testament, God was never referred to as the Father until the Son was born (New Testament). The only place is in Isaiah:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6
“Everlasting Father” – but wait! Isn’t this referring to Jesus, the Son? How can He be the Father AND the Son at the same time?
Ah, that is one of the eternal mysteries of God.
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. ~John 14:8-10
Actually, the whole Gospel of John speaks of the relationship between God, the Father, Jesus, the Son and the Holy Spirit who together form the Trinity or Triune God – 3 in 1.
Check out the list of Phoenix area churches below to find a church near you. Most of them have singles groups with folks your own ages – join one or start attending a bible study. They’l help answer your questions.
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Soli Deo Gloria