Friday, June 14, 2013

Knowing God as Father (Part 3)

How does this Affect You 
These are just a few characteristics that the Son reveals of the Father. But what can we learn from all this. One of the things that we learn is that the Father wants to have a relationship with us. He has provided the way through His Son, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Once we are in that relationship we read, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal. 4:6-7). And in Romans 8:14-17 we read, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

While Romans 8 goes onto to tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from this relationship, we have to admit that sin can hinder the enjoyment of it. 1 John picks up on this and develops the vital signs that give proof that we are really in the family of God. But the first thing that the aged apostle reminds us of is why did Jesus come in the first place? In the first chapter he begins by speaking of the incarnation of Christ, the Son becoming a man. Then he says, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” Why did the Lord Jesus come, that we might have a relationship with the Father and in that relationship that we might have fellowship with God as our Father! And fellowship with the Father will produce real joy in our lives!

So many Christians never really inter into the joy of knowing God as their Father. Spend time with Him to day, not as a distant God way up yonder somewhere, but as your Father who allows you to enter His very presence and call Him Abba (Pappa or daddy) Father. What a privilege! Begin enjoying it today!

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