Posted by: SandreS | August 31, 2015

Father

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In the Hebrew Scriptures God reveals Himself to His covenant Nation Israel by the personal name Yahweh (also commonly rendered Jehovah). Though this represented a highly exalted relationship above that of the rest of the nations, it simply pales in comparison to what would be progressively revealed.

Although we can surely appreciate the great value and use of “Yahweh,” we ultimately dishonor Him by such a narrow approach. Though there were slight hints of this greater truth in the Hebrew Scriptures, it was our Lord Jesus Christ Who revealed God’s true identity and nature as “Father.” Father is an advanced revelation, super-abounding that of Yahweh. With radical boldness, Christ personally calls Him “Father” over 150 times in the gospel accounts.

Jesus Christ came so that we also can have a Father relationship with God, just as He has. He has bridged the gap of separation giving us a loving Father relationship with God.

Little wonder that Paul said, because we, too, are sons, that we have received the spirit of sonship – the spirit of His own son in our hearts – so that we can cry, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:15).

What a rich and wonderful relationship that the Lord Jesus Christ has brought us into with Father. It pales all others!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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