Hey everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit and Happy Father’s Day!
Of course, there could not be a ‘Who is God?’ series without speaking about The Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son). If you have attended church before or have some experience of Christianity, I am sure you will not be surprised that this series is going to be primarily focused around The Holy Trinity. That being said, it is probably one of the hardest things to get your head around as someone exploring a relationship with God.
*** I would firstly like to state that I have never studied Theology and everything I write in these posts are what I understand/believe to be correct. If you are perhaps more experienced in this area and you are reading and see that what I am saying is incorrect, please let me know - it would be greatly appreciated! ***
When discussing The Holy Trinity, it is important to remember that Christianity is a monotheist faith which means we believe there is one God. Whilst there is only one God, He is present as 3 identities, all of which help us through life in different ways.
God the father
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series (check it out here if you missed it), God is referred to in the Bible as Father and Abba (meaning Daddy) many times and I felt it appropriate to discuss God the Father on Father’s day ;)
One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:6)
Do we not have one Father? Did not one God create us?... (Malachi 2:10)
And He [Jesus] said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You..." (Mark 14:36)
And naturally, if God is our Father, we must be His children:
And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18)
If you wanted to, you could find many similar passages in the Bible identifying us as Children of God but what exactly does this mean?
God the Father is not of this Earth (He is Heavenly and above it) but He created it and therefore knows everything about it (Read more about the world’s creation in Genesis particularly Chapter 1). God knows everything about us just as, for some of us, our parents know us very well too. But God knows us better than our parents as He is the one who created us and He will always desire relation with us.
Imagine this: you and someone you know hang out regularly together however, every time you are both in public, the person denies being friends with you.
Imagine, someone asks you for help and you graciously help them but they then do not talk to you again until they need something else.
Imagine, if someone you had a hand in raising denied ever knowing you or being influenced by you.
Would you still want a relationship with these people? Would you still actively seek a relationship with them despite what they have done? I believe the answer for some if not most of us is no, or at least, perhaps not easily, but God does. God seeks a relationship with us despite us denying Him, despite us being sinners, despite us not following His Word, despite some of us only praying when we need something, despite some of us being criminals. He is the ultimate Father figure!
I’m sure many fathers on Earth have a limit of how much disruptive behaviour they could accept from their child before the relationship became incredibly strained or even non-existent but not God. Not our heavenly Father. The one who created us in His image can never grow tired or fed up of us. He will never give up on us, He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
I believe God wants me to be an encouraging voice to you if you do not have a good relationship with your dad here on Earth or your dad is no longer in your life for whatever reason that may be. God the Father is ready and willing to be your perfect Dad. A Dad who will love you without limitation and fill your heart with His peace should you let Him.
As mentioned above, God the Father is our creator, Genesis 1:26 says Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...’
I love this verse because I know who God is and therefore I know how precious we are as humans because we were created and made in His image. It is also interesting to note that God said ‘Let us make man in our image’. Who could He have been speaking to if humans were not made yet? God the Father was speaking to God the Son and God the Holy Spirit...more about this in future posts!
Thank you for reading today! I pray you feel the love of God strongly this week. Feel encouraged because He ready and waiting to be in relation with you despite what your Earthly relationships look like and despite anything you may have done in your past, anything you may currently be doing and anything you may do in the future.
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