The Fatherhood of God [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — June 21, 2016
Are you ready for some good news?
God is a Father!
In honor of Father’s Day, for two days, we’ve stepped away from the radio series on the power of prayer in order to reflect on the fatherhood of God.
In his classic, Knowing God, JI Packer penned these dramatic words:
“What is a Christian? The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God for his Father.”
It’s a stunning declaration from one of the keenest evangelical minds of the last century. A Christian is one who has God for his Father.
God was a Father before He was a Creator.
The only way to understand God is in terms of relationship. He is, within His own Triune being, relational: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Some conjecture that humans, having reflected on the earthly version of fatherhood, projected that the Deity must be a Father. But the scriptures affirm exactly the opposite:
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every father in heaven and on earth is named….” (Ephesians 3:14–15)
Earthly fathers are made in the image of the Heavenly Father – not vice versa. Thus, the definition of a Christian: “one who has God for his Father”.
If God is your Father, it means that He is both your authority and your advocate. It means that He is superior to you but, because He has voluntarily connected His happiness with your well-being, He is utterly for you at every point. To be a father means that He has superior wisdom, power and resources. But it also means that there is no one more willing to provide for you and help you. That’s what good fathers do. They are strong enough and superior enough to their little children that they could be forceful, but instead, they are helpful.
It means that God, who is altogether able to crush you, shame you or abandon you has, instead, chosen to link Himself eternally to you through Christ so that you will enjoy the full inheritance of spiritual riches that should have belonged only to Christ. And that’s the Gospel!