Who's Your "Daddy"?

Who’s Your “Daddy”?

Last week, we learned about the God we worship. The Bible reveals there is but one God and none other. Yet, the same Bible also reveals that God has three parts: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Likewise, we are made in God’s image with three parts: spirit, soul, and body; yet, like God, we are one person. Each part of God has a distinctive role but not independent of the person of God. Today, we will learn more about the Father, who is our Father in Heaven.

It is God the Father that is most revealed in the writings of the Old Testament. In the writings of the Gospels, the Bible clearly reveals God the Son, Jesus Christ. Finally, God the Holy Ghost is revealed in the remainder of the writings of the New Testament, working in and among believers in Christ.

In the Old Testament writings, the most common names used for God the Father are God, Jehovah, or LORD. But the New Testament most commonly refers to Him as God the Father or just Father. This name “Father” reflects our intimate relationship with God made possible by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came down unto mankind to reconcile us to the Father.

Surprisingly, God the Father is the least understood of the Holy Trinity. Almost every Christian knows about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We have four gospels that tell us what He said and did. He lived a life like ours. He identified with us and we can identify with Him. We have created pictures, images, and films that help to make Him real to us.

God the Holy Spirit, even though He is invisible, dwells inside of us. As a child of God, we feel Him, we see what He does, and He directs and orders our steps. He is our Teacher, Guide, Counselor, and Comforter. He is always with us.

God the Father is often considered stern and condemnatory by those who don’t know Him. However, when we study the Bible and come to Him in faith, we discover that God the Father is kind, loving, and faithful. He is a compassionate Father who loves us more than we love Him. He does not always deal with us according to our sins or as strictly as we deserve.

Therefore, one of the things the Bible tells us about God the Father is that He is love.

1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  

John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

There are many sermons about the love of God, but today, we need to see some other things about the Father. In the New Testament, God the Father is revealed to us by His Son, Jesus Christ.

Indeed, Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:27All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Jesus only did and said what the Father wanted done and said. He is so one with the Father that seeing Jesus is equivalent to seeing the Father. In John 14:9, Jesus declares, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”.

However, Jesus confirmed the superiority of the Father in John 14:28, “You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I am.”

Therefore, Jesus taught His disciples (and those who believe in Him through their testimony) to pray to "our Father in heaven”. Jesus also told us to approach the Father in His Name.

John 16:26-27 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

So, we are to pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus.

God the Father is also the Father of all who believe in His Son, who are born again of His Spirit.

John 1:12-13 To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

God the Father wants to have a relationship with us, but sin separates us from Him. God is pure and holy. No evil, no darkness, no sin can exist in His presence. So how can we have a relationship with Him?

That is why God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to die our death and shed His Blood as an atonement for our sin to purify us, make us holy, and reconcile us to the Father.

Hebrews 9:22-28 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

The Father must love us greatly to allow His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer on the cross in agony and pain, all in obedience to Himself. Jesus asked if there was another way to deal with our sin, but there wasn’t. There was no other blood with the power to cover all sin for all people throughout all time.

God the Father is also the God of all creation, working together with God the Son, who is called the Word of God.

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

When God said, “Let us make man in our image”, He gave us a free will in order for us to love Him in return. Knowing we would choose to experiment with sin and be separated from Him, God the Father planned before the foundation of the world to redeem us and adopt us into His family through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:3-6 Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Before the world began, the Father loved us. He knew us. He knew everything that we would do. He knew how far we would fall. He knew what it would cost Him to restore our relationship. He knew that – and because of love – He was willing to sacrifice His Son so that you and I could have new lives born of His Spirit and become His children.

We respond to the love of God by becoming part of His family through faith in Jesus Christ – not just in practice, but in name. God the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, blesses His adopted children with everything that belongs to His Son.

1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

God the Father’s purpose was to create a way to redeem fallen humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ. He adopts those who believe in His Son, and gives His children guidance, strength, and comfort through the Holy Spirit.

Being adopted into His family doesn’t mean that we are relieved of pain, or hardship, or trial, but it does mean that we have a Father who cares for us, and is able and willing to help us.

Jesus said in John 6:40 “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Our Father wants everyone to have faith in His Son, receive eternal life, and become His child. Our faith in God the Son, allows us to relate to God the Father as His children.

Ephesians 3:11-12 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

God’s plan of salvation and adoption was according to His eternal purpose. And He is able to do what He had purposed because of all that Christ Jesus our Lord has done. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross made the Father accessible to us. The Blood of Jesus and the love of the Father allows us to come to Him at all times for all things!

However, God did not become Father when He adopted us as children. God is eternally the Father of Jesus Christ, and through faith in Jesus, He is our Father. Through Jesus we are reconciled to the Father's love, born again of the Holy Spirit, and are called “children of God.”

1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

What an honor it is that God calls us His children. He gives us the assurance that as His children, we are heirs and co-heirs with Christ. Therefore, we should act like children of God by yielding to the Holy Spirit instead of our fleshly desires.

Romans 8:14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “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 fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.  

To all, who in faith receive Christ as Lord and Savior, God gives the right to become children of God. If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then right now, at this very moment, you are God’s child. This is not a promise which God will fulfill in the future.

No, the truth is we are already God's children. We enjoy all the rights and privileges our adoption entails, because we have come to know God as our Father. As His children, we acknowledge Him as our Father. As His children, we experience His love. As His children, we put our trust and faith in Him, who loves us, provides for us, and protects us as our earthly fathers should.

Also, as earthly fathers should, God the Father disciplines His children when they disobey or ignore His commands. He does this for our benefit, so “that we may share in His holiness”.

Hebrews 12:7-10 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Therefore, as God’s children how should we live? We should obey His Word. We should reflect His character. People should be able to tell we are children of God. To live any other way is foolish and disrespectful to our Father who sacrificed His Son for us.

Deuteronomy 32:6 Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?

Maybe you did not have a good earthly father and you rebelled against him. That is not a good excuse, but you have absolutely no excuse to rebel against God the Father, except that you are a stubborn, rebellious, sinful person. That is why you are separated from God and on your way to an eternal Hell.

Still God wants a relationship with you through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. He wants to give you eternal life in Heaven. He wants to change your life to one of blessing and transform you into the image of His Son.

If you want a loving relationship with our Father, have faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who atoned for your sin on the cross. Then, declare that faith publicly. Repent of your sin and your rebellion against your Father in Heaven. Give your life to God by dying to self in baptism. You will be raised with a new life, born of the Holy Spirit of God, who will empower you to live like a child of God.