“Bible Basics – Lesson 9 – Father”

Posted: November 27, 2017 in Bible Basics, Bible Study, Fathers

“Rating Your Father”

On a scale of 1 – 10, how would you rate your father?  What do you like or dislike about him?  What caused you to feel the way you do about him?  What do you wish were different about your relationship with him?  What can/should you do to improve it so that both of you can be happier?  Have your thoughts about your human father been transferred over to God the Father?  What mental image do you have of God?  Does it line up with what the Scriptures have to say?  Who is your spiritual father – God or the devil?  Are you sure?  Who would others say your father is? What kind of a legacy will you leave for your children and grandchildren?

Depending on how old you are, you may or may not remember the song that came out in the early 1960s entitled “My Dog’s Bigger Than Your Dog.”  It’s about a little boy who is bragging about his dog, his dad, and his mother.  Today many people don’t brag about their dad because they don’t/didn’t have one in their lives.  Some people hate their dad or their mother.  Maybe you didn’t grow up with a dad or mom in your home.  Maybe you came from a broken or dysfunctional family.  Maybe you have half brothers and sisters.  Perhaps some of your siblings were aborted (murdered) by your parents while they were in your mother’s womb.  Maybe you don’t know or like to think about the 50 million babies in the United States that were murdered this way.  Maybe you had an abusive father whom you hate.  Your thoughts about your father may be very negative. On the other hand, you may have been privileged to come from a loving, two parent home where love was modeled in many ways.

Concepts.  Perhaps you’ve been led to believe that God the Father is an abusive, vindictive, hateful God with whom you want nothing to do.  Perhaps your view of Him has been tainted by the thoughts and words of acclaimed atheists (Psalm 14:1) like Richard Dawkins and others who call God all kinds of bad names and mock Christians who believe in the God of the Bible.  Maybe you’ve also adopted the theory of evolution as a fact because you want to try to escape the responsibility for your lawless behavior (John 3:19; Psalm 10:11; 1 John 3:4). After all, if you’re just an advanced animal, why not act according to your nature?  Maybe you don’t want anyone telling you how to live your life (Psalm 2). 

Antichrist.  But if you have such a rebellious attitude it could end up in your being deceived and subjugated voluntarily or involuntarily by the “Man of Lawlessness” known also as “the Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  With the world stage being set up as it is right now, our generation might be the one that sees him rise to power to rule over the whole world (Revelation 8:1; 13:1-18).  When he comes he will bring a temporary peace to this troubled world but it won’t last long before war breaks out and over half of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:1-8; 9:14; Daniel 11:21, 34).  Those who refuse his mark (the mark of the beast – Revelation 13:18) won’t be able to buy or sell without it.

Cults.  Many of the cults have also contributed to a distorted view of God the Father.  The Mormons believe that God the Father was once a man like we are but eventually became a god.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God the Father (Jehovah) created God the Son (Jesus) who in turn created all others things.  The Romanists believe that the virgin, Mary is the “Mother of God” and is more sympathetic than her son Jesus and so they pray to her.  The Modernists believe that God the Father is a “dirty bully” for sending His Son to earth to die for the sins of mankind.  The Muslims don’t believe that God had a son.  Orthodox Jews believe in God but not in the deity of Jesus.  Some people believe that God the Father is an old man whom they can conjole into giving them whatever they want regardless of whether or not it’s good for them.  They like to ask the “Why…?” questions. If they don’t get an answer immediately from Him that satisfies them, they get angry at Him and want others to join them in their revolt against God (See Psalm 2; Revelation 20:7-10).  

The True God.  What are your honest thoughts about God?  Consider with me what God the Father is really like and how these thoughts can/should affect your daily life.  We’ve pointed out in our previous studies that all three Persons in the Godhead have the same attributes: Good, Righteous, Omniscient, Omnipotence, Truth, Holiness, and Love.  All three Persons share the same essence and are considered to be just one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; See John 15:26).  Yes, I know that this concept is hard to grasp, but it is what the Scriptures teach and we accept it as truth from God (John 14:6; 17:17).

Decree.  Before creating anything, we understand that the three Persons in the Godhead got together and considered creating spirit beings (Job 38:7; Ezekiel 28:13, 14), the heavens and the earth, plants and animals, and human beings (Genesis 1, 2).  They decided to give our first parents (Adam and Eve) a free will and give them an opportunity to obey or disobey God’s simple instructions (Genesis 2:15-17).  The three Persons in the Godhead had various options as to what they would do and when they would do certain things (See Mathew 11:21-24; Galatians 4:4).  But once they decided what they would do, it became known as God’s decree” (See Ephesians 1:11).  This involves the determinative will of God and no one can thwart it (Romans 9:19).  God also has a desirous will for us that we may choose to obey or disobey but not without certain consequences (See Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28; Galatians 6:7-9; John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15).

Relationships.  Let’s consider briefly God the Father’s relationships to Creation, to God the Son, to God the Holy Spirit, and to New Testament Christians. 

To Creation. The Scriptures teach us that God the Father is the originator, and source of all things. “…there is one God, the Father, of [Greek – “out of”] whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6). The Father was the planner. “[He] predestined us [believers] to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His [desirous] will, to the praise of the glory of [the Father’s] grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:5).

To God The Son. It is our understanding that at the time of this “Decree” in eternity past, God the Son volunteered (Hebrews 10:5-9) to be the One who would manifest the Godhead to us humans on earth (John 1:1-18; See Galatians 4:4). He added to His deity a true human nature (but not a sin nature – Hebrews 4:15) and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11; 1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7). During His earthly ministry Jesus glorified the Father (John 17:4) and then asked God the Father to glorify Him by letting humanity know that He (Jesus) was/is the God-man (John 17:4, 5) who shares an absolute equality with the Father in His deity (Colossians 2:9). One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus is Lord (the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11; See John 1:1-18; 5:17, 18; 10:30). This isn’t teaching “universal salvation.” (See Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)  God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will remain subordinate to God the Father until the “Decree” (i. e. God’s Plan For Time – The Dispensations) is completed (1 Corinthians 11:3; 15:24-28). In eternity future there will be no subordination of the Persons in the Godhead to the other Persons.

To God The Holy Spirit. Once Jesus ascended back to heaven after dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead, Jesus and the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to earth to reside in the bodies of true believers (John 14:16; 15:26; Acts 2:4). The believer’s body becomes a Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). At the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), the Holy Spirit will remove His residence from earth back to the third heaven (2 Thessalonians 2:7). The apostate church and unbelievers living on earth at that time will enter the Seven Years of Tribulation (Revelation 6-19). We hope that you won’t be in this group. Ask for help if you’re not sure.

To New Testament Believers. Among the many things that God the Father did was to choose some from among mankind to be the special recipients of His grace (Ephesians 1:3-6; See John 6:37, 44; 15:16). Upon believing in/on Christ as one’s personal Savior, God forgives the believer’s sins (Ephesians 1:7). This is a judicial forgiveness which frees true believers from condemnation (Romans 8:1, 35-39). Family forgiveness is granted to believers who confess their sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9). At the time of salvation, the believer is transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family.  God becomes his/her Father (Romans 8:15-17, John 8:44; Colossians 1:13, 14; 1 John 3:9, 10). God the Father also enables believers to participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4; John 3:3-6) so they can begin to do things that please Him (Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9; See Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). The Scriptures also tell us that God the Father also indwells every believer (Ephesians 4:6), disciplines His unruly children (Hebrews 12:5-11), and hears their proper prayers (John 16:23, 26; James 4:1-3).  Meditate on these truths (1 Timothy 4:15).

Our Response. As a believer grows in the sphere of grace and experiential knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), his/her relationship and fellowship with God the Father can grow greater and his/her joy can become fuller (John 15:11; 16:24; 1 John 1:4; 2 John 1:12). Having been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, each and every believer can/should share the Gospel with lost people, as the Holy Spirit leads him/her (Romans 8:14), so they too can hear the clear Gospel and be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 10:9-17). If you’re a believer, are you doing these things? If not, why should God keep you here on earth?  Our primary purpose is/should be to glorify Him by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).

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God The Father http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Father.pdf

A Father’s Legacy http://www.allprodad.com/a-fathers-legacy/

Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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