Humans as we are, that God is our Father is a given. As the Creator, into facto, He is your Father.
But did you know that there is a personal need to really make God as your Father?
Let me show you some simple truths on this.
1. Begin With the Concept of God as Our Father.
I understand that there are many feminists who would argue to turn God as a “Mother,” but as for me, I settled on God as our “Father” because it is a clear revelation, not a speculation.
Not unless tradition, culture, philosophy, or anything else is intentionally placed in equal or above God’s revelation in the Bible, then knowing God as Father is undoubtedly a clear teaching.
Even Jesus Christ clearly teaches that the disciples must pray to God as “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
If you are a true disciple of Jesus, you do not have a problem in accepting the truth that God is the Father in whom we come and pray.
If not, how can we be sure we are talking about the same God?
2. Be Clear with the Nature of God as the Father to Jesus as the Son.
Today, we live in a world full of confusion about God as Father. I have encountered people who argue: “If God is a Father, then he has a wife and children.”
In fact, many world religions twisted this “fatherhood” by making God as the Father, Mary/Maryam as Mother, and Jesus as the Son.
Added to the controversies are many who claim to be the Messiah, or “appointed Son of God,” or that Lucifer is Jesus’ brother, or God the Father was formerly a human who became God.
But in the Bible, the historical Christianity preserves that the relationship of the Father and the Son is special and exclusive. It is not referring to the creation of the Son, but that both are co-equal, coexisting, and co-eternal in divine nature, together with the Holy Spirit (not Mary).
This very unique revelation from the Bible that “God is One in three Persons” or biblical Trinity is totally distinct from all world religions and cults. Upon this teaching from the Bible hangs all other doctrines.
Again, without this revelation above, how can we be sure we are talking about the same God? For in it, the nature of who Jesus really is depends.
3. Believe in Jesus Christ to Become a Child of God.
The truth is, when you want to make God as your Father, by faith and God’s grace, you must become His child first.The Gospel of John says, ”
The Gospel of John says, “Yet to all who did receive him [Jesus Christ], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
The truth is, the person who wants to become a child of God must be reborn into the family of God.
Have you noticed that the recipient of the Gospel were humans already born into this world? Born of “natural descent,” “human decision,” and “husband’s will“?
Yet, John’s Gospel emphasized that if a person wants to become a child of God, he or she must be “born of God” or reborn.
How is this possible?
Foremost, based on the passage above, it involved a personal decision that the person must have “received” Jesus Christ. The same verse also said “believed.” The two is actually the same and should not be considered separate or different.
From the Old Testament to the New Testament, faith is the essential factor in the personal salvation of a person to become a part of God’s spiritual family.
Here, all who receive and believe in Jesus Christ are given “the right to become children of God.” Once a person possesses that right, then he or she can call God as Father.
Turning God into your Father is only possible not through religion but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ alone. And you must have made that decision by God’s grace and power.
Have you ever made that personal decision to accept him as your Lord and Savior?
Since you were born? Well, a lot of people would actually say that. But here is the test: When did you really accepted Him?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017