Theology Proper

The Deity of God the Father

One of the earliest confessions of faith to take root in the early church comes down to us as “the Apostles Creed.” Church historian Philip Schaff said, “As the Lord’s Prayer is the Prayer of prayers, the Decalogue is the Law of laws, so the Apostles’ Creed is the Creed of creeds. It contains all the fundamental articles of the Christian faith necessary to salvation, in the form of facts, in simple Scripture language, and in the most natural order—the order of revelation—from God and the creation down to the resurrection and life everlasting.” 1

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell
The third day he rose again from the dead

He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead
I believe in the Holy Ghost
I believe a holy catholic [universal] church;
the communion of saints
The forgiveness of sins
The resurrection of the body
And the life everlasting.
Amen. 2

Like many of the church’s ancient creedal statements the Apostles Creed starts at the very beginning with God the Father.

It is not uncommon to hear a message on the Deity of the Holy Spirit. For that we might start in Acts 5 where Peter confronts Ananias. In the same sentence he says to him first “You have lied to the Holy Spirit” (Acts 5:3) and then clarifies it saying, “You have lied to God” (Acts 5:4). From the mouth of Peter the Holy Spirit is clearly equated as God.

Neither is it unusual to hear lessons on the Deity of Jesus. For that we might start at John 1:1 where the “word” which is identified as Jesus and where it is plainly stated that “The word was God…”.

But I’ve never yet heard a message on the Deity of God our Father.

God reveals Himself in Scripture as God the Father

So this morning I would like to journey through the scripture to discuss that very doctrine; namely that the Father in the trinity is Himself fully God.