Who is your Daddy and what DID He do!?
One of my favorite movies to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger lines from is Kindergarten Cop. If you haven’t seen it, this is a clip of the quote I’ve chosen to title this blog series after 🙂
So…before we can really get into what your Daddy did, perhaps we should establish who YOUR real Daddy is?
But first…a little “Red pill/Blue pill” abstract to prime your cerebral palate!
Feel free to read, or feel free to keep movin on by…it’s your life 🙂
When Jesus Christ came into our world 2000+ years ago, in the flesh, and reached out to His children, showing humanity who He is and how much He loves us, He flipped the world upside down! Having been born in an obscure town, from a family that had no obvious royal heritage (even though He was in the lineage of king David), the fact that millions still worship Him (and many more knowing Him by name as their favorite explicative, haha) till this very day is a testament that He was more than a “good teacher”. But, validating the historical accuracy of Jesus’ existence isn’t the purpose of this blog series.
There are plenty of great Christian apologetic ministries that make compelling cases for the authenticity and reliability of the Bible and the accuracy of the historical accounts revolving around Christ, and I will add those ministries as links to this blog as time goes.
This message is primarily for those who have no issue believing that there was a historical Jesus, that He was God incarnate, He lived on this earth for about 33 years, was sentenced to death by crucifixion and then rose from the dead three days later…proving His deity and resurrection to thousands of eye witnesses for 40 days before He ascended back to heaven. This message is not only directed towards “believers”, however, but if you don’t happen to believe in the historicity of Jesus yet, you might not appreciate everything I’m trying to convey…but this applies to everyone, unless otherwise mentioned.
Alrighty…now, let’s get back to the Nitty Gritty!
So…Who is your Daddy?
In Matthew 23:9 – Jesus, speaking of God says:
“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”
Now, reading this in context with the surrounding verses, it’s clear that Jesus is referring to not elevating anyone’s spiritual and ultimate authority above that of God’s and considering everyone as equal, or as brothers/sisters (v.8). He’s not saying anything against dishonoring the role of our earthly fathers, but to make the point that God is ultimately Father to all of us.
In Matthew 6:25-27 – Jesus tells us we don’t have to worry about anything because our Father takes care of us:
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
If God takes care of the animals, who are far less valuable to God than you are, how much more will He take care of you? You are God’s child! Now, of course, life can be rough and there may not be an easy answer for suffering, starvation, poverty, etc…but God is good. I probably wouldn’t be far off in accuracy if said the riches earned by professional athletes in America alone could feed all the starving nations of the world…but who am I to judge what they should do with their money?
God gives life, and our lives are most enriched when we realize His presence and promise…whether in this world or the next. He promises He is always with you and will never leave you.
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches us a simple prayer emphasizing that God is our Father and we can talk to Him directly:
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’”
For many more Scriptural references of God as our Father, visit this link – God the Father in the Holy Scriptures
Mike Miller explains how Jesus, the Son of God, revealing Himself as the “Son of Man” was indicating to all of us that we are equally “sons and daughters of God”. I highly recommend listening to the whole series, but this session drives home the point – Identity Restored – Session 3
So, now when asked “Who is your Daddy?”…your answer should be “God is!”
Okay, well some might not be quite convinced yet…but hopefully, as I get into this truth more, the revelation of what this actually means will hit us with abundant joy!
For my Bible thumpin friends, hahah j/k…you might be saying “Wait just a minute there buster! My Bible says that God is only the Father of Christians! Only those who believe and have the Spirit of God are God’s children! Well look right here in Romans 8:14,15, Paul says that only those who are led by the Spirit are ‘Sons of God’ and that we are adopted when we receive His Spirit!”
Well I’ll be! It sure sounds that way doesn’t it? You mean to tell me the myriad of verses in the Bible that tell me that God is everyone’s Father has been trumped by this verse or the few others that seem to imply this line of exclusionary thinking?!
Reading a little further sheds some light on the context of what Paul’s saying. In verse 16, Paul says that the Spirit of God in us testifies (which means He makes known the reality) that we are His children, so we can be confident that we do have an awesome Father who’s able to do all things.
The Amplified version of the Bible translates Romans 8:15 like this:
For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
So, you still might say…”Sure, but the Holy Spirit testifies to believers and adopts believers as sons/daughters”
Heresy alert…the Holy Spirit has been poured out on ALL mankind! Acts 2:17, we are in the last days now!
When you “receive”, or more accurately are awakened by, the Holy Spirit, your heart is opened to the fact that you are God’s child and you always were. That realization ought to produce utter and ecstatic bliss in which we cry out for joy that the Creator of the entire Universe is our Father…He’s not some glorified ethereal judge who’s sitting up there anxiously waiting for you to die, in hopes that when you come before the throne He’ll be able to satisfy His wrath by eternal punishment in hell for rejecting His Son.
Tangent Alert ~ As a side note, don’t be fooled by pre-ressurection Scripture that may sound like God is only the Father to believers, like John 1:12 for instance. Jesus, Himself, was not a New Covenant teacher. He did extend grace a few times as He was segueing into ultimate grace, but much of what is in the red letters is an amplified version of the law as the Old Covenant was still in full affect.
The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, aka “The Gospels”, ironically do not really convey the message of THEE Gospel. They give the accounts of Jesus’ life and how He accomplished the Gospel, but Paul’s books are the Gospel oriented books. I know, I know…this sounds like heresy, but ya gotta trust me on this.
The Bible has to be rightly divided between Old Covenant theology and New Covenant theology. God IS the same yesterday, today, and forever…but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t stick to His end of the deal when He makes a covenant with man. I realize this side note opens up a huge Costco sized can of worms, but…please allow me to explain this side note further in future blogs.
Okay, back from the tangent…
One more case to hopefully bring the point home that you are God’s child.
Have you ever heard the expression “Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesars”?
Just in case you haven’t…allow me to capture where that came from and what it means.
In the book of Matthew, Chapter 22 , some religious folk who were trying to find ways to put Jesus in jail figured they could trap Jesus in some sort of admission that He was a law breaker. He’d obviously been telling people that they are citizens of heaven, children of God, and their allegiance ought to be to God and not man. So with that message, they thought He was advocating that they are free to break earthly laws, since their government and kingdom is Heaven…which included not having to pay taxes.
So, realizing that they were trying to trick Him, He asked for a coin and asked them to tell Him who’s image was on the coin. When they told Him that Caesar’s image was on the coin, He said…”Okay then, give back to Caesar that which is Caesar’s…and give back to God that which is God’s”.
Why didn’t they ask Him, “okay, so what belongs to God then?”…because they knew exactly what He meant, since they knew the Scriptures well.
In Genesis 1:26, when God was creating the Universe…when He was deciding how to make man, He said “Let Us make man in Our image.” Just in case you didn’t catch that…the “Us” that God is referring to is Himself – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So, being that man is created in God’s image…when Jesus said to give to God that which is God’s, He’s saying to give yourself to God. He didn’t say let’s create Christians in Our image and we’ll make a race of sinners in the image of Satan. No, we ALL bear His image and He is the Father of EVERYONE!!
Our paradigm of who God is must be awakened to the truth! God’s wrath is an extension of His magnificent love for us. It’s His emphatic “NO” to sin, not because He’s offended by sin and needs to squash every bit of evidence of it in the world, but because of what sin does to beloved His children!
Christ obliterated every trace of sinfulness in this world 2000 years ago…when He died, you died. There is NO separation between you and our Father. He died on the cross not only FOR you but AS you. Every penalty that you feel you owe for your behavior has already been paid.
Embrace YOUR Father…you ARE His child and He loves you more than you can possibly imagine!!
This is a good place to take a break, and I’ll continue in the next week or so with discussing why it is so important for us to realize that God is our Father, as when we realize that He is our Father, we’ll expect He has the characteristics of a father.