Post 043

WHY IS GOD OUR FATHER?

In the Old Testament, God told us that He is our father.  That is one of His
titles.  Here are the verses that attest to that (all verses quoted below
are from the Good News Bible):

Psalm 89:26 - "He will say to me, 'You are my father and my God; you are my
protector and savior.' "
(This is what God said of what David would say about Him.)

Malachi 1:6 - The Lord Almighty says to the priests, "A son honors his
father, and a servant honors his master.  I am your father--why don't you
honor me?  I am your master--why don't you respect me?  You despise me, and
yet you ask, 'How have we despised you?'
(This is the Lord reprimanding the priests.)

Here is a prayer to the Lord God our Father found in Isaiah:
Isaiah 63:16 - "You are our father.  Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob do not
acknowledge us, but you, Lord, are our father, the one who has always
rescued us."

The New Testament has many references to God as our Father and we are His
children.  Jesus told us about our Father in heaven and His goodness.

Where is our Father?  He is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:48 - You must be
perfect--just as your Father in heaven is perfect!)

Jesus told us how to pray to our Father in heaven (Matthew 6:9-13).

Jesus told us that our Father knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew
6:8, 32).

Jesus said "Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of
heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do."
(Matthew 7:21)

Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth!  I thank you because you have
shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned.  Yes,
Father, this was how you wanted it to happen.  My Father has given me all
things.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father
except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." (Matthew
11:25-27)

Jesus prayed to the Father in Gethsemane, "Father, my Father!  All things
are possible for you.  Take this cup of suffering away from me.  Yet not
what I want, but what you want." (Mark 14:36)

Jesus, when He was twelve years old, was found by His searching parents in
the Temple.  He said to them that He "had to be in my Father's house." (Luke
2:49)  Does Jesus refer to the Temple in Jerusalem as His Father's house?

Jesus said the Father knows our needs like what we will eat and drink (Luke
12:30).

Jesus said that we should not be afraid for the Father is pleased to give us
the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).

Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who crucified Him for they did not
know what they were doing (Luke 23:34).

Jesus committed into the hands of the Father His spirit just before He died
(Luke 23:46).

Jesus, the only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, had
made the Father known (John 1:18).

The Father has given the Son authority, such as the full right to judge
(John 5:17-27, 36-45).

Jesus explained that He and the Father are one (John 10:29-38).

Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the
Father except by Him.  (John 14:6-11).

Jesus prayed to the Father for His disciples (John 17:1-26).

Paul in his letter to the Romans said that we cry out to God for He is our
Father and we are His children (Romans 8:15).

Paul said that for God to show that we are His sons, He sent the Spirit of
His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, 'Father my Father.'
(Galatians 4:6)

God is our spiritual Father who corrects us, His children, because He loves
us (Hebrews 12:5-9).

God is our Father and we are His children.  As such, we do not continue to
sin (1 John 3:1-2, 9-10).

The Holy Spirit, who I and several other people talk to, revealed who the
children of God are and can be read
in http://www.geocities.com/peacecrusader888/sermon007.htm.

The peace of God reign in our hearts now and forever.


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