The significance of “father”


What is the significance of “father”?
God’s desire was to reveal Himself to His creation. Particularly, the crown of His creation, mankind, was the focus of His heart. In the early days, He walked with His two special creations, Adam and Eve, fellowshipping, teaching, and loving them (Genesis 3:8)
But such harmony was shattered by lies, lust, greed and pride (Genesis 3:1-7). This occurred before God had fully revealed Himself to mankind. Now mankind was fallen and polluted, and did not desire a growing relationship and knowledge of God.
Yet, God’s desire was still there. His love was strong enough to seek to redeem us from our fallen state. It would cost Him, though it was offered freely to us.
So God sent His Son.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9.
Now, we have an avenue to know God the Father, through God the Son. We can know Him as Creator. We can know Him as Salvation. We can know Him as Supplier, Healer, Redeemer.
Yet, God took something we could understand and sought to reveal Himself. “Father”.
We know the broken version of this word. Yet, even in its fallen, broken state, a father has the authority that reflects God. “Father” carries the image of protection, benevolence, supply and respect.
None of us have had the perfect earthly father. But the image of “father” so excels in our fallen world that it gives us a glimpse of God. Fatherhood either brings out the best in a man or at least carries that expectation.
That higher quality placed on the responsibility of fatherhood was what God chose to lighten the hope in our eyes for an eternal relationship with our Heavenly Father.
For those of us who had fathers who rose above their human fallenness to touch the face of God and introduce us to our Heavenly Father, we carry an inexpressible thankfulness.
For those of us who had fathers who did not rise above their fallen condition to give us a glimpse of God, we understand that they should have. We find solace and rest in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father cannot and will not fail us.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1.

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