Thursday, May 19, 2016
God Is A Father
EPHESIANS 3:15 AMPLIFIED 15 For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named -- [that Father] from whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name.
I have included these different translations, with the notes from the margin, to show that the Bible says that all fatherhood derives from God. In other words, God is the original Father. Everything good that fathers are, was in God first. All earthly fatherhood is but a replica of what was first in God.
EPHESIANS 3:14-15 NIV 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
NIV NOTE: Or whom all fatherhood
EPHESIANS 3:14-15 NRSV 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
NRSV Note: Gk fatherhood
One mission of Jesus on earth was to show us what God was like, to reveal Him to us. Jesus introduced the concept of God as Father. The Jews did not know God as Father because the Old Testament does not teach it. No other religion had looked to God as a Father. Instead God was generally thought of as a judge at best, and often as a despicable character who could only be trusted to let you down; someone who would play tricks on you just for his amusement, and delight in disappointing you.
Concepts of God haven't really changed much, have they!
But Jesus revealed to humanity that God was not like they thought -- He was a good Father. Not someone who would do them wrong, but someone who would take care of them with their best interest always at heart. Someone who would love them more than they loved themselves.
How do you think of God?
SAY THIS: God, I am glad to know You are a Father. Please help me to always remember that.
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