“Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me” – John 14:36
LIGHT FOR NOW: The knowledge of God as your Father will determine how you relate with Him.
A vital truth established in our previous study on this subject is that when a believer comprehends the fact of the fatherhood of God (that he is part of the family of God), it will influence his walk with God. This understanding will definitely affect how he communes with God, his prayer life will also be affected. We have seen in our previous study that Jesus regularly referred to God as father in the four gospels, and that upon the resurrection he establishes a fact of the man in Christ being part of the family of God in Christ (John 20:17).
Let us now observe the stand of the epistles on this fact. Do the epistles reveal to us this same truth; the truth that God is our Father. It is important to note that this fact is overwhelming in the epistles, however let’s see few instances in scriptures where this fact is buttressed or emphasized in the epistles.
“To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ”. (Romans 1:17). “Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (1Corinthians 1:3).
“Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2Corinthians 1:2).
“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” (Galatians 1:4).
“Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2).
From the above referenced texts and other overwhelming texts in the epistles, it is clear that the epistles were clear about the fact of the fatherhood of God in Christ. In essence, the writers of the epistles wrote from the identification of the believer in Christ as God the Father. Meaning, it is at the point of this identification with Christ, that a man comes into this reality of the fatherhood words, outside of Christ, a man cannot be fathered by God. God is the creator of everybody, but He is father to only those in Christ because those in Christ are those whom He has given birth to. That is, God is God to everyone, but Father to only those He begat. And those He begat were begotten in Christ, hence the fatherhood of God is in Christ.
Therefore, outside of Christ, a man cannot be fathered by God. Thus, the reality enjoyed by the believer in Christ is the reality of the fatherhood of God. God is our Father! Hallelujah!
Let your declarations and confessions be borne out of an understanding of your realities in Christ.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me part of this reality in Christ, where I see and know you as my Father and can thus depend on you as a son who depends on His Father, Amen.
QUOTE: God is God to all but Father only to those He begat.
DAILY READING: MORNING: Philippians Chapter 1, EVENING: Colossians chapter 1