Meditation on the Father’s grace and glory did not come so easy this morning. It was not until after fellowship with Him, time in His Word, study, and meditation, that I was able to begin to think about this third part. There is much more to this subject, and how Jesus, the Son, speaks of the Father, than I had known before. The more desire to know, the more humbled He makes me, to realize that I know nothing as I ought to know; nor can I, in this life.
Jesus is recorded in the New Testament as referring to His Father at least 171 times, and reference made to God, 166 times. When God spoke through the prophets and writers of the Old Testament they did not normally refer to God as Father. Jesus was “the first-born among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29) It was Jesus, the Son, who was sent to reveal God as Father to His children. As we found so many references, we will, in this 3rd part, share the most important things that are recorded in the Synoptic gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In the concluding Part 4, we will share John’s recollection of Jesus’ words.
First, how is the name God, and the name Father, distinguished? Strong’s Concordance gives us the Greek word for God, as theos—a diety; the supreme Divinity; fig. a magistrate. The word for Father is pater—father; near or more remote. These definitions give me a clearer understanding of both. God is our lawgiver. His kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19). Some people believe in God, as creator, and judge, but only those who have been born of Him, of His Spirit, know Him as Father.
As God, He is described by some (such as the deists) as transcendent, far removed from His creation, not relative to anything on the earth. As Father, He is “near” in Spirit, to His children. As Spirit He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (present everywhere). Although “we move, and breathe, and have our being in Him” (Acts 17:28), not all acknowledge His power and presence. As children we desire the presence and power of “our Father.” There is no fear of His judgment, but He is loved and worshiped, as a child loves a father.
Jesus speaks first,and last, of the Father’s glory. (See God’s Glory ~ First and Last.) In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:16) Jesus reveals to His disciples that the Father is glorified through them. In Matthew 16:27 He reveals that He, Himself, will, in the end, come in the glory of his father, with his angels.
He reveals the Father’s omniscience in Matthew 6:4, the Father sees in secret and rewards openly; in Matthew 10:29, the falling of a sparrow, the number of the hairs of our head; and, in Matthew 6:8, knowing all our needs before we ask Him.
He tells us to pray to the Father, in Matthew 6:6; that He forgives, in Matthew 6:14; and that He feeds His creatures, in Matthew 6:26.
He reveals the importance of the Father’s will, in Matthew 7:21; only those who do the will of the Father shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
He teaches us that it is the Spirit of the Father that speaks through His servants, in Matthew 10:20.
All things that were delivered to Jesus is from His Father, hidden from the wise and prudent, and revealed to babes. Matthew 11:25-27.
He reveals the omnipresence and protection of the Father for His children in Matthew 18:10, 14; that not one of His little ones should perish.
The Father is said to be merciful in Luke 6:36
Jesus said that He would send the promise of His Father upon his disciples in Luke 24:49
Jesus reveals the sovereignty and omnipotence of the Father, in Matthew 20-23; and Matthew 24:36. The Father has prepared everything, according to His will; and He alone knows when all will be fulfilled. Our prayer~(Parentheses, mine.)
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you (us) the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.”