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June 16, 2024
Pastor Leonard Reimer

         Knowing Our Heavenly Father

I. God the Father  2 Cor 1:3
    A. Father of Creation  Genesis 1; Mal 2:10; 1 Co 8:6
    B. Those Bearing His Image  
        i. Mankind  Genesis 1:26; Eph 3:14–15
        ii. His Son  Heb 1:3 
        iii. His Children  1 Jn 3:1–3 
II. My God, My Father  John 8:19; 8:38; 20:17; Mark 15:34
    A. Reveals The Father  Jn 1:18
    B. Sent By The Father Jn 3:15
    C. Loved By The Father Jn 17:25–26
    D. Given All Authority By The Father Mt 28:18–20; Is 9:6
III. Your God, Our Father  Mt 6:9;Jn 17:25–26
    A. Who Loves Us  Jn 3:16; Deut 23:5; Rom 8:39; Jn 15:15
    B. Who Is Our Friend, Brother  Jn 15:14–15; 20:17
    C. Who Disciplines Us  Heb 12:9
    D. Who Gives Us His Spirit  Rom 5:5; 2 Cor 1:22; Gal 4:6; 1 Jn 3:24

In reality, when we call God Father, we are not just merely attributing to God human attributes, and making God in our image. Father is not what God is like; Father is what God is. Someone may ask, “Is God a man?” Of course not! God is not a man; God is not a woman. God is Spirit. But God is Father. And when we call God Father, we’re not talking biology; we’re talking theology. It’s very important that you understand this, because if you don’t understand it, your knowledge of the Bible is going to be all skewed.
Divine Fatherhood is not a reflection of human fatherhood. It is not that since we are fathers, we project that onto God, but to the contrary. All human fatherhood is patterned after the divine Fatherhood. Father is what God is.
That brings up a problem, because some have been raised by fathers who were harsh or neglectful or dishonest or cruel or maybe absent, and we ask, “That’s what a father is like? God is like my father? Then maybe I don’t want to have much to do with Him.”
We can’t look at a human father and infer that’s what God must be like. On the other hand, every human father ought to endeavor to be more like God. First Corinthians 8:6: “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” But to us there is one God, the Father.1


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