“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ
according to the purpose of his own will,” Ephesians 1:7
“In the beginning” God was a Father. Before He said, “Let there be light,” He desired light. No one can put out that light because it was born of the Father. For the Father so loved what He was and had that He desired and planned for sons to share in the wealth of His glory. He “so loved the world” that He created because it was meant to be the realm through which He would reveal Himself, His glory, and His promises.
He could have sired children to share His glory anyway that He desired, but He chose to do it through this realm that we know as “grace “. Now is the day and time of grace. The glory of this physical world shines brightly for the majority of human creatures. It draws us to seek our own glory by its sights and sounds, its promises of happiness and success. God, our Father draws us to His Son, Jesus Christ, whose life is the “light of all men” to see beyond this world to the glory of the Father, and the promises that await His children in the eternal realm.
Just as God the Father is Spirit (we cannot see Him) so is this realm of grace. It has been provided for us; we live in the middle of it. We are surrounded by it. We learn about it by reading God’s Word, which even by His grace He has provided for us. But, we must read with a heart that accepts it as His Word to us individually. As sons and daughters we desire to know Him, to love, Him, fear Him, obey Him, worship, serve, praise, pray to Him, proclaim the truth of His grace in Jesus Christ, and live for Him. All of this comes from His own Spirit of grace working in and through us.
Much of how we understand God is based on how we see the role of fathers. The light of the Father’s grace is mostly hidden because not many earthy fathers know the Heavenly Father. And the world does not want to recognize any creature having authority over another, but if we are to receive anything beyond what this world offers we must understand the role of the father. We have a tendency to read the Bible with out own slant, instead of accepting it as a means of God’s grace to inform us of His intentions, His desires, His plans, and the fulfillment of those plans in the different roles that He has created.
Before there can be a son there must be a father. Fathers are first in origin. Our Heavenly Father was first and will always be first of all, in heaven and on earth. He must be first because He started it all. If we believe this, then we must look to Him, “seek His kingdom and His righteousness,” ask for His Spirit of grace to fill us and guide us, knock at the door of His heart continually, to know Him, and as His children, to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the grace that prepares us to share His eternal glory and keep us rejoicing in Him as we wait.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
1 John 3:1
(Excerpt from Three Facets of God’s Glory That Every Christian Must See—in process.)