I recently shared this message with a group of men serving time in jail. Some of the men are saved and some are not. The Lord led me to do this study after showing me the theme via several avenues….listening to sermons, reading, and on my way to prepare for the message turned on the radio to hear the words repeat in the song’s refrain…”Abba, Father.”(Hebrew for Daddy.)
John 14:6-11 (New Living Translation)
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.”
We can never see and know God personally as Daddy(Father) unless Jesus brings us to him. It starts with Faith and Repentance in Jesus.
Jesus teaches us when we pray to address God in a personal way.
Luke 11:2 (New Living Translation)
Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon.”
John 6:64-65 (New Living Translation)
“But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”
The Father and the Son work together. Jesus the son was obedient to his Father to do the Father’s will.
John 8:18-19 (New Living Translation)
“I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other. “Where is your father?” they asked. Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”
The religious leaders were spiritually blind to their own faith. They focused more on “religious denominational rituals” than a deep personal relationship with the One and True God.
John 8:37-47 (New Living Translation)
“Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. 38 I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.” “Our father is Abraham!” they declared. “No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. 41 No, you are imitating your real father.” They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.” Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! For you are the children of your FATHER THE DEVIL, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
Here is one of the biggest misnomers of our day, “We are all children of God”. This is an untrue statement. Yes, we are all God’s creation(made in his image.) Yet, because of our sin nature we are separated from God.(Romans 6:23). Until we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus, we remain children of the Devil.
Let us go to the passage in Luke, where we see God the Father represented as a Dad with compassion for his son.
Luke 15:20 (New Living Translation)
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”
God the Father doesn’t want a bunch of religious ritualistic drones. He desires people to come to him in child-like faith. It is all about relationship according to the Lord.
Luke 18:17 (New Living Translation)
“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
There is a condition to becoming a “child of God”. The condition is found in the last part of Galatians 3:26.
Galatians 3:26 (New Living Translation)
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
What a better position to be than as an intimate relationship of a child to his daddy.