Paterology


The Love of God the Father

As we celebrate communion we truly celebrate the fact that God the Father sent His son to take our place of death and die upon the cross. In brief we celebrate the Love of the Father.

“God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” So goes the saying. But tell people that God loves them and it may not strike relief at the core of a hardened heart. “After all,” they may answer, “what benefit is that to me that God should love me? I still have my bills, trouble with my kids, issues with my spouse, problems at work. What benefit to me is the Love of God?” More than that, they might look at all of their trouble and just say, “prove it.”

I say that God loves you” is an undeniable fact but it’s not always evidenced the way people want to see it. Let’s look at three ways God shows His love. He proved it at the cross, he proves it with discipline and he proves it in his constant care.

God Proved His Love at Cross

Well proving it really is the first step to answering that question. Before we can explain the benefit’s of God’s love we have to start with the proof of God’s love; and fortunately that is a remarkably easy thing to do.

Romans 5:8 declares “ But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ” ( Romans 5:8 , NASB95)

And again in 1 John we read, “ By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ” ( 1 John 4:9–10 , NASB95)


The Work of The Father

[Jesus Said:]“My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” (John 5:17, NASB95)

I remember as a young boy 1 hearing my dad get up at 4:30 every morning in order to get ready for work. Some Saturdays I even got to get up with him on rare occasions and go to the office with him. Dad worked at AT&T in Chicago doing something with engineering working in a cubicle lovers paradise. On his office floor were rows upon rows of cubicles each containing a desk and a computer and who knows what else. He would set me up at a desk to play around while he did whatever work he was going to do. To this day I’m not certain what my dad actually did at work, but I know that it was fruitful. Every day he came home tired and every day we had food to eat on the table. The evidence of my father’s work was, for me, more clear than what he actually did for work.

Our heavenly father is a God who works.


Knowing God as Father

As we continue through our study we now have a comprehension of Who God is. We know what it means that there is no God but one God. We know that the God the Father is Himself full deity, not lacking in “Godness” apart from His own Spirit and His own Son – but being complete. We have at least a vague but technical comprehension of the incomprehensible nature of God the Father; and we have seen His Supremacy in the godhead – the Trinity. What remains then to be seen is our own relationship to Him.

For those who are not born again the only relationship possible with God is that is the relationship of the judged to judge. But for those who come to the Father through Jesus Christ the relationship transforms beyond imagination: John 1:12 summarizes the reality when we read:
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Through faith in Jesus Christ we are more than forgiven, we are adopted.

We are adopted by the Father’s Sovereignty

Open your Bible this morning to the first chapter of Ephesians; where we begin our journey with the Father’s role in our adoption as sons.