Tag Archive | God the Father

John 1:14 ” The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

If we read through the first chapter of John we’ll discover it’s the only Gospel that speaks of Jesus Christ’s eternal existence rather than just the time He spent on earth.  This verse especially can be difficult to comprehend…for it tells us that the majesty and power behind all things came to earth… willingly becoming a man of flesh and blood … taking on human nature…thus subject to all human feelings, emotions, suffering and mortality.   God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind from the bondage of sin and death…to take our place and thus bridge the gap between a holy God and a sinful world.  And it is only through Him that we can have eternal life, for Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

I John 1:3 ” We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.”

The Greek word for fellowship is Koinonia.  Now when we talk about fellowship or fellow-shipping together, our idea of it may be different from the true meaning.  For many of us think of fellow-shipping  together as  fun social gatherings…where we mix and mingle, often with lots and lots of Potluck dishes, but little mention of God.  But this word Koinonia has a much deeper and spiritual  meaning.  When as a Believer we learn to commune or share intimately with  God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ…it’s called Koinonia.   And when  the Body of Believers come together, it’s Koinonia when we share our love, faith, and encouragement with each other.   For when we are truly  fellow-shipping one with another, we are sharing what we have in common…our love and joy for the Lord.

Romans 8:15 ” For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of son-ship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ “

This week ended the 5 year journey of my son’s family adopting a beautiful  little girl from Haiti.  The moment this orphan’s feet hit USA soil she was a legal citizen and officially theirs.  Another word for son-ship in this verse is adoption.  We all have the opportunity to be legally adopted by our Heavenly Father.  But for some,  they see God only through the lens of their biological father…a man that might  have been absent, abusive, or angry.  Despite the faults and failures of your earthly father…your Heavenly Father will be loving and involved.  He is not to be feared for retaliation.  He is just and will never leave you.  He will accept you just as you are, and will love you unconditionally.  God is your Daddy, which is what the word Abba means…and He’s wanting to be that Daddy in your life you may have never had.

Malachi 1:6 ” A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a Father, where is the honor due Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due Me? says the Lord Almighty. “

We’ll readily agree that God is our Heavenly Father and the Master of the universe.  But our actions seldom match the honor and respect we should be showing  the Lord Almighty.  Our reverence and appreciation usually goes to material things and our comfort… rather than God.  We should all then ask ourselves if we’re showing God the respect and honor He’s due, or placing ourselves on the throne instead.

II Kings 6:5 ” As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axe head fell into the water. ‘Oh, my Lord,’ he cried out, ‘it was borrowed!’ “

This story is about the Company of Prophets and Elisha.  Their meeting place had become too small, so they were in the process of building  themselves something larger.  As they were cutting down trees,  an axe head flew off and landed in the Jordan River, sinking immediately.   The distraught prophet cried out to Elisha, who threw a stick into the water where the axe head had sunk , causing the iron to float.  This can only remind us that nothing is impossible with God…if He can make a hunk of iron float like a leaf…He can work a miracle in our lives today.

Isaiah 2:22 ” Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?”

Psalm 146:3 states it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men.”   We are all mere human creatures…here today and gone tomorrow.  None of us are that important or warrant historic distinction to be remembered  thousands of years from now…so putting your belief in man is worthless, for it’s only God that can be  fully trusted with your life.

Luke 5:16 ” But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

It’s not that Jesus was anti-social or hated the crowds that pressed in all the time around Him…for He loved people.  But He did require Father-Son time, and searching out solitary places to pray was essential for His wellbeing.  When we’re alone by our self in the silence –  we shut out the noise of the world…we  gain God’s perspective…we  hear clearly from the Holy Spirit.  It was essential for Jesus…it’s no different for you.