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November 20, 2018, 10:45 AM

Our Father

Our Father. The two words that Jesus begins with in teaching the Model Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6. These words should bring a warmth and comfort to the hearts of people, but for so many, the idea of a father provides anything but peace and security. Fortunately, as Jesus continues, God is a Heavenly Father and far surpasses the greatness and glory of any earthly father. Unfortunately, not everyone can truly claim God as their Father. I understand that is a statement than some may find offensive, but as always we should look to the Scriptures for clarification. First of all, all of humanity is created in the image of God. God, in the creation account says, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Gen 1:26,NIV). So beginning with Adam and continuing with his posterity, all people bear the image of God but not all people are the children of God. Secondly, Jesus, when speaking to the Pharisees, clearly delineates between those who are historical and biological descendants of Abraham and those who are the children of Abraham through the covenant made with him by God. In John 8:37, he uses the Greek word “seed” in recording Jesus words describing the Pharisees. In verse 44, Jesus tells them who their father is based on their rejection of Him, and leaves no room for doubt in v. 47. Finally, John 1:12 defines who the children of God are. Those who have believed in the name of Jesus as Lord and Savior have been given the right to be children of God, not because of natural descent or by human will, but having been born of God. Only those who have placed their faith in Christ alone can declare the words of 1 John 3:1 and can enjoy the benefits afforded by being His child such as those described in Psalm 103:13, Mt. 7:7-11, Heb. 13-5-6, and Heb. 12:5-11. All of these and so many more are given by God to those who He recognizes as His children. It’s not about whether you call God your Father, but does He recognize you as His child is what’s important.


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