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“DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”

Godly fathers are men of courage, character, and Christ.  These are men who take the vows of marriage seriously.  Their wife’s well being and their children are foremost in their thinking always in the things they do to protect and serve them.

Every Godly man’s heart’s desire is to be like Christ and to love as the Father has loved us.  So many of the passages in the Bible teach us about the love of God, His patience, forgiveness, help in times of trouble, and mercies that are new every morning.  When a home has a Godly father following His Heavenly Father, the result is a place of refuge, compassion, discipline, unconditional love, forgiveness, transparency, and delight. 

God’s fatherly relationship with Jesus implies four things. First it implies authority. The father commands and disposes; the initiative which he calls his Son to exercise in resolute obedience to his Father’s will. Second, it implies affection; third, fellowship; fourth, honor: God wills to exalt his Son.

All this extends to God’s adopted children. In, through, and under Jesus Christ their Lord, they are ruled, loved, accompanied, and honored by their heavenly Father.

As Jesus obeyed God, so must they (1 John 5:1, 3). As God loved his only-begotten Son, so he loves his adopted sons (John 16:27). As God had fellowship with Jesus, so he does with us (1 John 1:3). As God exalted Jesus, so he exalts Jesus’ followers, as brothers and sisters in one family (John 12:32; 17:24).

In these terms the Bible teaches us to understand the shape and substance of the parent-child relationship which binds together the Father of Jesus and the servant of Jesus.  (Copied).

Remember who you are because of “Whose” you are.  You are a child of God, joint heirs with Christ, sealed by His Holy Spirit, and have a mansion awaiting you with the Father forever.

 Romans 8:16-17The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 

Watchman Nee tells about a new convert who came in deep distress to see him. “No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I’m losing my salvation.” Nee said, “Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir. You are Jesus Christ’s heir because it is for you that He died.” We are Christ’s heirs, not through our perfection but by means of His grace.  (Copied).