- Father of Spirits (Jesus is “the father of spirits” and we are the children)
- Heavenly Father
- Old Testament Verses Which Speak of the Lord as Father
Jesus became our heavenly father by virtue of His resurrection from the dead. The resurrection removed Him from earth and raised Him to heaven. Thereafter, the disciples who had studied under Him on earth had to relate to Him in a different way (2 Corinthians 5:16). He had returned to the right hand, or bosom, of the Father. In the beginning, the disciples related to God and Jesus as inseparable persons who had been temporarily separated (through the incarnation of Christ), but in the coming of the kingdom of God the two were revealed to be one. This is because the Father had become the Son…that He might become the Father once again.
We who live some 2,000 years later can recognize that if we want to relate to Jesus, we must do so on the basis of His residence in heaven. And since it is He who has given us life, it is only right that we call Him “Father.” Therefore, let us see Jesus as Father.
Matthew 5:48 – Who is the one who is perfect and in heaven?
Matthew 6:9 – Are we not born again from Him who was raised above all?
Matthew 7:11 – Who is the one in heaven shedding His grace upon us?
Matthew 10:20 – Is it not the Spirit of Jesus who speaks in us?
Matthew 13:43 – Think about it.
Matthew 23:8, 9, 10 (especially Matthew 23:9)
Luke 11:13 – Isn’t Jesus the one giving us the Holy Spirit?
John 5:19 – Isn’t Jesus the one we are supposed to be imitating?
John 14:2, 3 – “…I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself…”
John 14:18 – If He will not leave us as orphans He must be adopting us; otherwise, we would remain orphans even if He visited us. Correlate this with John 14:2, 3 just above. How did the people of God become orphans except that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ died? But at the instant He died, Jesus Christ was revealed! God fhe Father was the seed that became the plant of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:23 – In Jesus’ coming, He adopted the saints to be His children. He did not leave them as orphans. See 2 Corinthians 6:18 below.
1 Corinthians 15:45 – As Adam was the father of all flesh, did not Jesus become the father of all spirit? Is not the father the one who gives us life?
2 Corinthians 6:18 – The future tense speaks of the role Jesus would assume at His coming. Thus He would not leave us as orphans (John 14:18).
Hebrews 12:9 – “…shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits…” – Consider also in the light of 1 Corinthians 15:45.
1 Peter 1:17 – “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges…” – Consider in the light of the fact that Jesus has been made this judge.
Psalm 103:13 – Since Jesus is the Lord, He is the one who is having compassion on us as a father has on his children.
Isaiah 9:6 – “…And His name will be called…Eternal Father…”