Who is the Father in Our Father?

Last week I asked who put the “our” in “Our Father.” I have several other questions to go with this one. However, the one on my mind now is, who is the Father in Our Father? I know some will say “duh, the father in Our Father is God.” That is true the Father in Our Father is God. But who is this God? I’m sure theologians could and have written volumes on this subject. I just want to give an answer on a blog to this question.

In our day preachers tell us that God is father and psychologists tell us that we moderns have such angst over “father” that we have trouble identifying with God who is Father. I’ve been reading about this God, Jesus instructed us to address as Father. In the O.T. he is identified as the creator of the universe. If you have this God as your father you can end the argument on whose father is the smartest real quick. He is identified as the creator of man. In this sense he then is the father of all man and woman kind. He is identified as personal, i.e. he likes to talk with his creation. He talks with Adam and Eve. He gives his creation room to learn, he allowed Adam to name all of the animals. He is very generous. He created a Shangri-La, the garden of Eden as a residence for man. He decorated it with the best of the earth. He even threw in gold for decoration. This God is fair with his dealings with man. He told Adam and Eve if they disobeyed one command they would die. The command was not to eat from one tree out of all the trees in Eden. Think about that in terms of God’s generosity, He gave man everything in the world, but one tree. Back to his fairness, God gave man and woman kind advanced warning if they were disobedient to him. He is a father that says if you do such and such here are the results.
The damning think about his fairness is that it leaves man and woman kind without excuse. So this God, Jesus said we can call Father can’t be blamed for the evil that has come to the earth. The evil unleashed here from Pandora’s box of failure was set loose by man and woman kind. This shows us something else about this Father God, he gives his children freedom. He also gives them unlimited power to accomplish good or evil on the planet he gave them to inhabit. He told them to subdue the earth. He gave them unlimited power and freedom to operate on his earth as they pleased.
When we address God as Our Father we are accepting a relationship that empowers us to live on this earth and it gives us responsibility that will make us tremble when we ask ourself what are we doing with this Father relationship. If the alternative wasn’t so awful we may be better off without this Father God relationship if we don’t take it solemnly.


7 thoughts on “Who is the Father in Our Father?”

  1. It looks as if the Father is clear and secure in His identity, relationship and good intentions toward us. The problem seems to come in our intentions towards Him. James 2:19 tells me that the demons believe and understand about His name and they tremble also. And James says we can be the same…believe and have faith but do nothing, no works, no doing with the great resources that the Father has entrusted as with as Gary writes. As I understand it, the Father calls and reaches out to us giving us the tools to build a vibrant, healthy relationship with Him IF we will use them. II Peter 1:3 says :..”His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us great and precious promises that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…”. Peter lists the tools: diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perserverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love . We won’t be lacking in our knowledge of the Father and in a right relationship with Him if we build by doing these things. From one perspective it looks like my definition of Father will be defined by my actions.

  2. Gary, your blog brings this scripture to my mind. Sure gives me a lot to think about.

    Passage Matthew 23:9: “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

    Message….”No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven.”

  3. This is some serious “blog-writing”. Since Gary told us through the demonstration of the WORD, how to identify the Father by HIS “DO”, I believe there is another Virtue that ID’s the Father….and that is…He is Jesus Christ’s Father and Jesus Christ is His Son and proceeds from the Father, the Heavenly Father. When there is a denial or an ignoring that CHRIST is the Eternal Son of the FATHER, then there is error in that thinking. Jesus proceeds and continues to do so, from the Father eternally, and He testifies in the WORD in John 12:49 b.”But the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders concerning what to say and what to tell. And I know His commandments mean ETERNAL LIFE . So whatever I speak
    I am saying exactly what MY FATHER has told ME to say and in accordance with His instructions.
    And in another place in John 14:6, in answer to Philips’ request to be shown the Father,Jesus says,” I’ve been with you all this time and you still don’t recognize Who I Am, don’t really know ME? ANYONE WHO HAS SEEN ME, HAS SEEN THE FATHER” Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me.”
    Then Jesus goes on to say, according to Sara’s blog, anyone who believes in ME, he himself will be able to DO~~~even greater things because I go to the Father.
    He who denies the Sonship of Christ, or the Fatherhood of GOD to Jesus CHRIST, denies the faith for no man cometh to the FATHER but by CHRIST JESUS and Through Christ Jesus

  4. When I read the questions who is this God ?..(because our Father is God in the prayer)…then in studying I found that God is God the IAM..according to Exodus 3:14…He is a right now God, a now present God… and He is light In James 1;17…it says”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights”…..God is light in Him is no darkness…..This really got me thinking …the scriptures that Sara found about calling no other on earth Father for we have but one Heavenly Father…so true..and He is the only true Father ….the Father…..and He wants us to be just like Him in our conduct and character….
    When Gary listed some of the things God does..like decorating…planting…taking care of the health of His creation….I thought of all the Lilies on this site…God the Father is still taking care of His children and creation…through the Daily Lily and the “lilies”..He is the Father of lights…..lilies made of light…dj

  5. Gal.4:6 “And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father.” Matthew 6:9 ” After this matter therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN.”(King James) Thank you our Heavenly Father for all you do for us. Thank you our Earthly Dad’s for all you do for us. HAPPY FATHER’S/DADDY’S DAY!!!

  6. Gary,
    You asked us “who is the Father in Our Father”. This past Sunday, I was able to be in the Lord’s House, and heard a great message from God’s Word. The passage of scripture is one, we are all familiar with. (Luke 15: 11-31) We all remember this as a story of a son coming home again, but my preacher/minister said that this was “a story of a loving father”, and that it gave a clear picture of God’s love. In verses 11&12 we see fairness: “to divide his wealth between his sons”. In verse 20, we see compassion. “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” In verse 22, we see forgiveness:”But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.'”
    Oh, what a clear picture of how our heavenly Father is: fair, filled with compassion, forgiving….
    If we would all have the humility this son had, in verse 21: “His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.'”, we would be strengthening our relationship with our Father.

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