In John 8:44 NLT, Jesus told the audience of His day, “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does….” Unfortunately, this statement remains true for some people up till this day.
Man sold out and the devil became the father of all humanity. But thanks be to God, who has made a way of escape for us, in Christ. To have God as a father is to have His life. And to have his life is to believe on the One that He has sent and receive His offer of salvation.
Throughout the Bible, God wanted man to know Him as a personal, dear Father, even though the prophets of Old could not fully articulate or express this revelation. During His earth-walk, Jesus talked about the Father so much that His disciples asked to see the Father. Jesus answered them, saying that anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father (John 14:8-11). He wanted them to see the heart and the nature of the Father and to know Him as such. However, they could not understand the truth, even when he declared everything the Father gave Him for them at that point (John 15:15) until after His death, burial, ascension – the complete work that would establish the basis for such a relationship and regenerate their spirits for them to be able to grasp this revelation. When Jesus met Mary Magdalene upon His resurrection, He said to her that He was ascending to see “My Father, your Father” (John 20:17). This was a key revelation of the mystery of the new covenant.
Paul used every opportunity to communicate this truth in his teachings, prayers, thanksgivings, greetings, and creeds (Romans 1:7; Romans 15:6; 1 Corinthians 1:2-3; 1 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Corinthians 15:24; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Galatians 1:3-4; Ephesians 1:2; Ephesians 3:14-15; Ephesians 4:6; Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 1:2,12; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3,13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2,16; Philemon 1:3). The Fatherhood of God over us is not just because we are His creation, but because He begot us through the finished work of Christ (John 1:12; Galatians 3:22-27; 1 John 5:1).
The notion of God’s Fatherhood in the Epistles conveys the idea that God is our progenitor and source; that we are dearly loved children and accepted by Him; that His Fatherhood is eternal, meaning that He will not reverse begetting us or disown us; that we share the same Fatherhood with Jesus; and that being God’s children, we can live up to our identity. It is important that the believer has a firm revelation of God as their Father.
Your progenitor establishes your identity and your inheritances; we do not get our identity from external validations because those are temporal and subject to change. The commendations of men, or their censure, does not mean anything to us, because our external conditions, or men’s judgment of those, do not define us. Our boldness and fulfillment come from the knowledge that our identity is rooted in our Father and His Fatherhood to us.
In knowing God as your Father, you know who you are and what belongs to you; you have the boldness to access the Father; to fellowship with Him, and to receive of Him. We are members of His Family and He is our Father (Ephesians 2:19; Ephesians 3:14-15). We may boldly call Him “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6).
Would you consider accepting the fatherhood of God by putting your faith in Christ?