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OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father..."
And we too can lift up our eyes to heaven and say, "Father", for the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is our God and our Father. Christâ€™s own blessed work on the cross has made the way into the Holiest and there we find the Father and the Father's welcome.
Before the Lord Jesus uttered that word, "Father," in His great prayer, He had spoken this word many times to His disciples. How little they took it in then, and how little they understood of it, for the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of sonship was not yet given.
Christ speaks in the preceding chapters of the "Fatherâ€™s house" with its "many mansions.â€� That is the place where the family of God will ultimately gather-- the place to which He brings His many sons. The Lord Jesus tells us, â€œThat no man cometh to the Father but by me.â€� He assures us that He is in the Father and the Father in Him, and that whosoever seeth Him, "seeth the Father."
He gives the blessed promise that whatsoever we ask in His Name that He will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Jesus prayed to the Father for the gift of the other Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be given to Believers. Then He descries in a parable the Father as the Husbandman; He Himself is the Vine and we are the branches. And what an assurance it is coming from His lips, "As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved You; continue in my love!" Then the Lord calls us friends, for all things that He heard of His Father He has made them known unto us. And once more "Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name He may give it you."
Furthermore He said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Blessed promise!
"For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."
What gracious statements these are! They all belong to us in Christ Jesus, Who made the love of God as Father known to us. May we walk in the enjoyment of it all.
Written by A.C. Gaebelein, taken from Our Hope Magazine, Volume, 28, and modified by Cobblestone Road Ministries.
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Many Christians, especially if they came from a Catholic background, before they got saved, sometimes have trouble, viewing God the Father as a Loving God. I know because I came from a Catholic background that told me that God the Father was an "angry God".
When I heard the TRUE Gospel and received Christ Jesus as my personal Savior, I first attended a Pentecostal church, which constantly preached, "The wrath of God" to the Saints. It wasn't until I started hearing good Baptist teaching that I came to realize that I was not under the wrath of God because I had received His Son-- Jesus paid the price for me upon the cross. The wrath of God fell upon Him that day on Calvary-- He took my sin penalty. When I received Jesus, I received new life. He arose from the dead and I have new life because of Him alone. I shall live forever because of what He did for me. I am not under wrath but under grace because I have received Christ. For those of us who have Christ Jesus as our Savior, we have access to our Heavenly Father and we can cry, "Abba Father". It is not because of what we have done but because of WHOM we have received.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For many Saints, the term "Father" may be associated with bad memories with an earthly father, who was not loving or kind but remember that God the Father is not a man. He is God-- He does not think as man; nor does He act as man. He is Holy and He is kind and He always does WHAT IS RIGHT. God is love and His love is given freely to us through the finished work of His Dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Col 1:19-20 For it pleased the Father that in him [Jesus] should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
1Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have redemption. We have a Heavenly Father Who loves us and Who sent His Son-- His Only Begotten Son-- to die for our sins and to shed His precious blood on the cruel cross at Calvary. It was for our sins that Jesus died. But for those who reject God's Only Son, the wrath of God abides upon them:
The Lord Jesus told us in John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The Bible clearly teaches that the wrath of God abides upon the sinner because the sinner has broken His commandments. A person who dies without Christ, dies in their sins and can NEVER go to Heaven. The Bible is very clear on this point. Jesus is the ONLY WAY to the Heavenly Father.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
One must receive the Lord Jesus as Savior-- trusting Him completely that He paid the price for their sin upon the cross and was victorious over death in His resurrection.
The wrath of God does not abide on the Believer, for we have received Jesus Christ and are under God's grace (but that does not mean we can live a life free from His commandments. He sets us free from sin and we then follow Him.) We are His disciples indeed if we follow His teaching. Christ said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed."
When we received Christ, we received everything He did for us. He saved us and keeps us saved by His power alone. We cannot maintain our salvation by good deeds; but good deeds are a result of our conversion. A tree is known by its fruits and faith without works is dead. So a true convert will have good works, not to the saving of the soul but rather good works are a RESULT of being saved by God's grace. It is God alone who saved us and keeps us saved because we have received Christ as Savior...We received the Son, and therefore have the Father also:
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
In order for one to even pray to the Heavenly Father, one must receive His Son-- Christ Jesus the Lord. We have access to the Father through Jesus alone. When we received Christ, we became sons of God. We call God, "Father" and what an awesome reality it is. We are not under His wrath but we are His children-- redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb!
1Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Eph 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Because we have received Christ Jesus, we can call His Father, "Our Father". Praise the Lord for His unspeakable Gift!
1John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.