Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
Answer-God the Father
God in heaven is commonly referred to as “God the Father, not just in the Christian faith but in religions in general. Where did that idea come from? There are also those that would call God their Father yet not believe in Jesus Christ as His truly begotten Son. In such a case people would have to believe themselves to be His natural offspring. Saved people are His offspring, but not naturally and not all people are. It is a supernatural act made possible through the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In fact, it was Jesus the Son that introduced God as the Father; the idea came from Jesus and was only valid because it was introduced by Him. God was not known as the Father under the old covenant. There are some questions that must be answered for one to understand that God is the As was mentioned before, it was Jesus that declared God in heaven to be the Father, starting with Him being Jesus’ own personal Father and then also introducing Him as the One that could indeed be the Father to all who believe.
For one to accept God as one’s Father, one must believe in Jesus as indeed being His Son, one must believe in the trinity, for only within the trinity was it made possible for God to be in the position of introducing Himself to be the Father. There cannot be a father without there being a son or a child, and there cannot be a son without there being a father, and there cannot be a father or son without there being a conception and birth, which was a ministry of the Holy Spirit. The trinity is not three people, but one God and how He expresses Himself and makes Himself available to the human race. When God communicates with Himself, He does not do it in three persons, for He does not make Himself to be a trinity to Himself. It is how He presents, defines and makes Himself available to mankind. It is how people can find in Him what they need.
The truth is, God made it possible for Him to be known as the heavenly Father, for that is an aspect of who He is. Had He not introduced Himself through the trinity we could not understand Him to be a Father. The relationship between the Father and the Son that is expressed in the gospels is a relationship that is offered to all who are willing to believe and receive Him to be what He offers Himself to be. It is how He broadens the understanding of Himself and also broadens the way He presents Himself and makes Himself available to mankind.
Jesus did not have issues with the Pharisees because they were naturally worse people than all others; it was that they opposed His father and refused to receive Him, choosing instead to follow ideas that came from the Devil. They were actually the offspring of the Devil. Not that the Devil had produced them, but that they had adopted him as their father.
¿What does God do for His children as the heavenly Father?
He hears and answers their prayers.
One of the many wonderful things God the Father does is hear and answer the prayers of His children.
CLIC- Proverbs 15:8 says, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
“The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”—
Proverbs is a book where God divides His children from the unsaved according to character. We see some outward good deeds from unsaved people and often there is bad character in saved people, but the root character is divided and distinguished as described in the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs God makes it clear that He hears and delights in the prayers of the righteous and is disgusted by the prayer of the wicked. God the Father wants to hear and answer the prayers of His children.
He provides for His children.
He disciplines His children.
God the Father does not beat, abuse and destroy His children, but He does use discipline to develop their character and maturity, and all for the purpose that they may be partakers of His holiness. This aspect is so clearly described in Hebrews chapter 12. This does require commitment, devotion and surrender on the part of the child for it to bring forth the desired fruit, but the acts are done by God the Father.
He protects and defends His children.
How can He be my heavenly Father?
The key to receiving God as one’s father is the Son. God sent His Son to make a way for people to come to Him.
“Then they said to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.
“He who hates Me hates My Father also.CLIC- John 15:23
“Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. CLIC- I John 2:23
The Scriptures very clearly describe that the way to receive anyone member of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is one or both the other members of the Godhead. The Son and the Holy Spirit are the key to knowing and receiving God the Father; the Father and the Holy Spirit are the keys to knowing and receiving Jesus Christ, the Son; the Son and the Father are essential for being able to know and receive the Holy Spirit. This is a long teaching that cannot be placed in a short article like this, but it is a very important teaching concerning having God in one’s life. Those who want to have God as their Father must receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior through the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.