The God and Father
I’d like to show you from the bible, how God in His entirety, is our Father; and how every aspect of God, is also our Father. The word God, refers to the entirety of God; all the aspects of God, all in one. While the words, the Father, and the Son, and the Word, and the Spirit, all refer to individual aspects of God; which all together, make up the one God.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1. So then God, in His entirety, is the “Father” of all creation.
The Word is a “Father”
But listen, to John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God! He was in the beginning with God..” The word “with” implies interaction. So in other words, the Word, was interacting with God. But actually, the Word is an integral part of God. “The Word is God!” “..All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him, nothing came into being, that has come into being.”
V-4 says, “In Him was life..” The Word, imparted life during the creation. So then, the Word, is actually the “Father” of all creation, because “apart from Him, nothing has come into being, that has come into being!”
Here’s a very interesting concept.. We learn from John 1:14, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, Glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Word, through whom everything came into being, became flesh; He Himself was “begotten” at that point. So in a sense the Word became a part of the creation, which He had created. The Word became a human being. Man was created through the Word, but then the Word Himself, became a man. That’s pretty incredible isn’t it?
Do you see how totally and inseparably intertwined, the Father, Son, and Word are.
The Son is a “Father”
Take a look at Hebrews 1:1-2, “God (in His entirety), after He spoke long ago, to the fathers, and in the prophets, at many times, and in many ways.. in these last days has spoken to us in his Son (one aspect of God), whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also, He made the world.”
So from John 1:3, we learn that everything that has come into being, has come into being through the Word. And we learn from John 1:14, that the Word, who created the world, became flesh, and therefore at that time became the Son. And then Hebrews 1:2, states that it was the Son who made the world, thereby confirming that the Word, and the Son, are one and the same.
I find it so interesting, that the Word was really the “Father” of all creation, but yet the Word became a Son, when He became flesh, and so then the Son, is also the “Father” of all creation. But I guess it’s really not hard to understand, since the Word and the Son, are the same. They’re both the “Father” of all creation.
Now, the scriptures don’t use the term “Father” when talking about how the Word created the world, or how the Son created the world. I’m using the word “Father” somewhat figuratively. But you know what I mean.. It’s like the saying, “necessity is the mother of invention”, or you could say, the “father of invention”. Necessity is the cause, of things being invented. And so in the same way, the Word, or, the Son, was the cause of all things being created. All things have been “begotten” by the Word, which is the Son.
Christ is a “Father”
Now, the scriptures DO specifically imply the idea of Christ being a “Father”. And of course we know that Christ is the Son of God, just like Christ is the Word of God.
Listen to what Moses told Israel, in Deuteronomy 32:18.. “You neglected the Rock, who begot you, and the God who gave you birth.” There’s a definite “Fatherhood” implied there.
You know who the Rock is, don’t you? 1 Cor 10: 4 says, “And they (Israel) all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual Rock which followed them; and the Rock was Christ!”
Christ, the spiritual Rock, begat, and gave birth, to the nation of Israel. The Rock was Christ, Christ is the Word of God, and the Word of God is the Son of God.
God is the rock of Israel, and God is the Christ, the anointed One, and God is the Word that created all things, and God is the Son who became flesh. God is incredible!
You may remember a point I made in last week’s lesson; that you can’t put limitations on God. And all these scriptures, just go to prove that point. No wonder the scriptures speak of the “unfathomable riches of Christ”. Eph 3:8. God is.. incomprehensible, and unsearchable!
It says in Genesis 1:27, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God, He created him, male and female, He created them.”
But the bible is clear, that it was the Word, who became the Son of God, who did the creating; So then, “The Word created man in His own image..” And it says in Hebrews 1:3, concerning the Son.. “And He is the radiance of His glory, the exact representation of His substance..” The exact representation, of the very substance of God! That’s what the Word is, and that’s what the Son is.
The Father of all Christians
Here’s something else that the Son, is the “Father” of. The Son, is the “Father” of all Christians. The Son is the Word of God, right? Well, listen to 1 Peter 1:23, “For you have been born again, not of seed that is perishable, but imperishable, through the living and abiding Word of God.”
“Born Again”.. Begotten.. by the Word of God. The Word of God is your Father! The Living and abiding Word of God! Remember John 1:4.. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” All Christians, have been begotten,.. and they have been given life, by the Word of God, Who is the Son of God.
As I said before, it is so very interesting, how the bible speaks, about the Word of God, and the Son of God.
All things came into being though Him.. He is the Rock, Who begat Israel.. He is the God Who gave birth to them.. He is the exact representation of the substance of God.. He is the living and abiding Word, through Whom all Christians have been born again.. He Himself IS the life.. He is the Son, Who gives the life! And He is the Christ, God’s anointed One!
What about the Spirit of God.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth..” Gen 1:1. But V-2 says, “..the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters.”
All things came into being, and were made through the Word (John 1:3), BUT Gen 1:2 says that it was the Spirit of God, that moved over the face of the waters. And then, in some way, words were spoken by God. Were those words spoken by the Spirit of God, or by the Word of God? Or is the Word of God, the very Spirit of God?
The Spirit “moved” upon the waters. The word “moved” can also be translated “brooded”, or “hovered”, or “relaxed upon”. So the Spirit’s presence moved upon the earth, and it hovered there, it brooded there, and it relaxed upon the earth.
And then God said; Let there be light, and there was light.” Just like that! Light was created. The Spirit moved upon what had been created, and then “spoke” light into existence. Was it the Spirit who “spoke” light into existence, or was it the Word that spoke it? The scriptures say.. GOD said!
The Son of God said, in John 6:63.. “The words that I have spoken, are Spirit and are Life.” The Words ARE Spirit. The Words are LIFE.
The Spirit is a “Father”
Remember how Christ the Rock, begat Israel? Well, has the Spirit ever begotten anything or anyone?
Jesus the Son, said in John 3:5, “..unless one is BORN of water and the SPIRIT, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” He said in verse 6, “that which is born of flesh, is flesh, and that which is Born of Spirit, is spirit.”
Jesus said.. “It is the Spirit that gives life!” John 6:63. Christians are begotten by the Spirit. But we had just seen that Christians are “begotten” by the Word, “the living and abiding Word of God.”
Unfathomable, isn’t it?
Listen to the what the angel Gabriel, said to the virgin Mary, in Luke 1:35, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.. (that’s the same Holy Spirit that came upon the “face of the waters” in Gen 1:2) “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you..” To overshadow, refers to God’s overshadowing presence. It’s just like when the Holy Spirit of God “brooded” over the waters. God’s presence settled upon, and relaxed over, those waters, during creation. And now, that same Holy Spirit settled upon Mary, and He overshadowed her.
And you know the result, of the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary.. she conceived, even though she had never known a man. During the creation, God said; “Let there be light, and there was light”. But with the virgin Mary, God said: Let there be life, and there was life.
Remember what John 1:4 said.. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Luke 1:35 says, “For this reason, the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.” The literal translation of “the holy offspring”, is.. “The Holy One being begotten”. Begotten by the Holy Spirit!
Who was the “Father” of the Holy One being begotten? The Holy Spirit was. The angel Gabriel said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Obviously, the Holy Spirit possessed the power of the Most High. The Spirit came upon her, His power overshadowed her, and she conceived a child.
Luke 1:31 says.. “You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.”
Isaiah 42:1 says, “Behold My servant Whom I uphold. My elect, in whom My soul delights! Whom I put My SPIRIT in..”
The Holy Spirit, which possessed the power of the Most High, was the Father of Jesus.. according to the scriptures.
“Unless you are BORN, of water and the SPIRIT, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” John 3:5
“For you have been BORN again, not of perishable seed, but imperishable, through the living and abiding Word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23 The Word of God, the very Spirit of God.
Who is your Father?
God is your Father! Who is the Holy Spirit? He’s God! Who is the Word? He’s God! Who is Jesus the Christ? He’s God! Who is the Rock of your salvation? God is!
“You believe that God is ONE, you do well.” James 2:19
“There is ONE who is good.” Mat 19:17
“For ONE is your teacher.” Mat 23:8
“For ONE is your Father.. He who is in heaven.” Mat 23:9
“For there are THREE that bear record in heaven; The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are ONE.” 1 John 5:7
They truly are all one! Just like the scriptures say. It’s no wonder then, that James 1:27 says.. “..in the presence of THE God and Father. There’s only one. The God of heaven. He’s our Father.
God is truly amazing, isn’t He? And God’s word is just as amazing. It’s just about MORE than we can fathom.
But thanks be to God, that His plan of salvation is easy to comprehend!
Hear His word, believe His word, repent of your sins, confess His name, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and remain faithful unto death. What could be easier?
May God bless you in the study of His word, and may you be thoroughly amazed by it.
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