The Father

Nowhere is the attack on the understanding of who God is under greater attack than in the understanding of fatherhood. The role of the father has all but disappeared from modern western society and the image of the father, both in media and entertainment, and in the lives of hundreds of thousands of wives and children, has been tainted. For most of history one of the best and easiest illustrations of who God is would be to look at fathers. Today that is sadly not the case. That said, the trend is not irreversible. For those who would like to be a godly father but have no human role model in which to turn, we can still look to God. He is still the perfect Father.

Often the term God is used in people’s minds to refer to the Father. This is the case when it is used in contrast to the Son, but for other times, we need to look at context. Any physical appearances of God in the Old Testament are appearances of the Son. We know this because no one has seen the Father except through revelation of the Son (John 1:18, Matthew 11:27, John 5:37)

Some things we can know about the Father:
– He sent the Son (John 5:23, 8:18, 10:36, 12:49, 14:24, etc)
– He empowered the Son (John 5:19)
– He empowers us (Philippians 4:13, 1 Peter 4:11)
– The Son is subject to the Father (John 5:30, John 14:24-31, 1 Corinthians 15:23-28)
– He raised the Son from the dead (Acts 4:10, Romans 6:4, Galatians 1:1)
– He loves the Son (John 3:35, 10:17, 17:24, 2 Peter 1:17)
– He loves us (John 3:16, 14:21, 16:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 1 John 3:1, Jude 1:1)
– He answers prayers (Matthew 6:7-13, 7:7-11, 18:19, Luke 11:9-13, John 16:23)
– He is involved in creation (Deuteronomy 32:6, Malachi 2:10)
– He draws us to Himself (John 6:44, 1 John 4:19)

One thought on “The Father

  1. I wonder if you’ve ever read Thomas Smail’s fine little book on the Father in the Trinity in “The Forgotten Father” (reviewed here: Smail’s trilogy of Father, Son (Reflected Glory), and Holy Spirit (The Giving Gift: is really quite accessible. But I suspect you’ve read yourself quite a bit in this topic. Thanks

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