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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Christ's Father

God sent the angel Gabriel to deliver a message to a young virgin named Mary, who lived in the village of Nazareth in the region of Galilee. (Luke 1:26-27) The angel told her: "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High." (Luke 1:31-32, NLT) When Mary asked him about how such a thing could happen, Gabriel replied: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35, NLT)

In fact, Jesus Christ is referred to forty-seven times in Scripture as the "Son of God." Jesus referred to God as "my Father" fifty-seven times in Scripture. After Christ was baptized, God's voice thundered from heaven, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17)

In the book of Hebrews, we read: "God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God's own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: 'You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.' God also said, 'I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.'" (Hebrews 1:2-5, NLT)

The Bible is very clear about the assertion that Almighty God was the Father of Jesus Christ. There is no wiggle room on this one! Indeed, John said that anyone who confesses that Jesus was God's Son has God living in him/her. (I John 4:15)

It is also made very plain in Scripture that Christ revered his Father and always sought to do "His" will. Even as a child, Jesus was careful to attend to his Father's business. (Luke 2:49) Later, as an adult, Christ attributed all of his miracles and good works to his Father. (John 5:30 and 14:10) He also asserted that he never sought to have his own way, and that his only desire was to do exactly what his Father wanted him to do. (same verse)

In the opening to the Gospel According to John, we read: "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18) Jesus declared that he and his Father were one in mind, purpose and spirit. (John 10:30, 37-38)

He went on to tell his disciples: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14:6-7) The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews wrote: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son..." (Hebrews 1:1-2)

Do you want to know more about God? Do you want to know what God is like and learn about "His" character/personality? Read about "His" Son!

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