In recent times, many people have a negative view of their father and in some cases, no experience of a father. As a result, it is difficult to rightly understand the concept of God as Father. The Bible expresses His role as our heavenly Father.
- The role of God as our Father reveals the kind of love He has for us. He loves us with a perfect, deep, reckless, overwhelming, never-ending love that cannot be stopped
“Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children. The reason the world doesn’t recognize who we are is that they didn’t recognize him.” 1 John 3:1 TPT
- The transcendent thing is to understand that not everyone is a child of God. “John 1:12 says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God”. When we believe in Christ, we become children of God. He becomes our Father by relationship. This family bond cannot be broken. A father cannot decide to no longer be a father.
This is the view God communicates regarding His role in the lives of those who believe in Him.
- “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”
Romans 8:14 NLT
By accepting the fatherhood of God, we also receive the Holy Spirit as the perfect guide for our lives. You should not let yourself be carried away by carnal appetites. You should be led by what the Holy Spirit has to say to you.
Another benefit of being a child of God is to share in the inheritance of the Father. There is a big difference between receiving a fair pay and receiving an inheritance. God has made us co-heirs with Christ. The inheritance is not the payment for work, but a right received for being a SON. Romans 8:17 NLT
“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering”.
In addition to sharing in the Father’s inheritance, God disciplines us at times that we may share in His holiness. Although at first it is not very pleasant to receive the correction of the Father; it is part of our relationship because God loves us. “For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way”.
Hebrews 12:10-11 NLT
The Bible says that, “the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastens everyone He accepts as a son.”
Upon receiving a Father, we expect to live under His authority and His rules. His sovereignty is absolute, as well as His mercy and love. We must also understand that God’s purpose is that we bear fruit of justice and peace. This is part of being a SON OF GOD.
Being a son is something wonderful. God’s fatherhood is eternal.