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30th June 2023

Our Father


He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say:

Our Father . . .” Luke 11:2



Today, I want us to think about the One the Lord Jesus referred to as “My Fatherfifty-three times in the Gospels. But, when Jesus talked about the Father, He did not just call Him “My Father.” He also called God “Our Father” some twenty-one times in the Gospels

Thus, the Lord clearly teaches us that those who believe on Him, share the same relationship with God in Heaven that He, the Lord Jesus Himself shares. But, it gets better than that! Because the Lord calls God “your Fathertwenty-one times in the Gospels too.


In our Bible passage today, the Lord Jesus calls God “your Father” (v 31 & 32). That title used by the Lord give us some precious insights into our relationship to “our Father.”


First: It speaks of a Personal Relationship: The very title “your Father” speaks of this personal relationship. When an unbeliever comes to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that person is “born again” (John 3:3). At that instant, that person is brought into a very personal relationship with the God of the universe. In fact, the newly redeemed sinner is actually “adopted” into the family of God (Rom 8:15). The word “adoption” literally means “to place as a son.” That person instantly becomes a child of God in heaven (1 John 3:1-2).


Second: It speaks of a Profound Relationship: This is a remarkable thing when you stop to consider what a person is before God saved them by His grace. The Bible says that, the lost sinner is God’s enemy (Rom. 8:7). He or she is also a slave to the world, the flesh and the devil (Eph. 2:1-3). In fact, the lost sinner is doomed and condemned to an eternity in Hell (John 3:18; 36).


Third: It speaks of a Permanent Relationship: When God adopted us into His family, He did not do it for just a while. He did it for all eternity! You see, adoption, as it was practised in biblical times, could not be undone. A man had the right to disown his natural children; but an adopted child was a child for life. He or she could never be disowned by the father. This is the same guarantee that we have today (John 10:28; John 6:37-40; 1 Pet. 1:5). What God does when He saves a soul is a forever work!


God truly is the most wonderful Father of all! The fact that He would love the unworthy, save them by His grace and adopt them into His family proves this!


Bible Reading

Luke 12:29-32.

Prayer

My God, and my Father, thank You that You, have adopted me to Your family. In Jesus name. Amen.










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