Hi and welcome back to “Abounding Grace” as we continue our study of “The Father Fact”. We have discussed some startling facts about Jesus and we discussed the fact that His entire ministry is interwoven with the Father fact. Jesus came into this world to introduce the Father. We have also seen that in spite of all opposition He continued with His bold confession of being the Son of God come to do the Fathers will. Let us now continue:
John.6:38. (Amp) For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me.
We can now understand the power and authority of the man Jesus, singleness of purpose is one of the keys that unlocked the miracle power of Jesus, He had nothing to seek. A question was put to Jesus, “what shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Part of the answer to that question lies in the fact that He came down from heaven not to do His own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of the Father who sent Him.
Listen to this confession from the mouth of Jesus:
John.8:42. (Amp) Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He sent Me.
John.8:54. (Amp) Jesus answered, If I were to glorify Myself (magnify, praise, and honour Myself), I would have no real glory, for My glory would be nothing and worthless. [My honour must come to Me from My Father.] It is My Father Who glorifies Me [Who extols Me, magnifies, and praises Me], of Whom you say that He is your God.
See the difference? The Jews called Him God, Jesus called Him Father. In much the same way to-day the church calls Him God, if you ever listen carefully to people to-day when they are talking about God, most of the time that is how they refer to Him, as God, how few ever intelligently call Him Father, the Word says we are to call Him Abba, (a very intimate name, it means daddy or papa). Have you ever approached the Father in your prayer time and just said “Hey, daddy it is me, just want to tell you that I love and appreciate you. Most of the people I have prayed with usually start with “Oh God, in heaven”, if you were thirsty and wanted a drink of water would you approach your earthly father with this kind of attitude, “Oh father of the house hold can I please have a sip of your water to quench my thirst, or would it be hey dad, just going to grab a drink of water. I want to impress upon you that He is a Father God with a father’s heart, so why do His people call Him – Mr. God – as thought they are speaking of a neighbour. Let us learn the secret of His Fathers heart.
John.10:25-30 (Amp) Jesus answered them, I have told you so, yet you do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father’s name bear witness concerning Me [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me]. But you do not believe and trust and rely on Me because you do not belong to My fold [you are no sheep of Mine]. The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.
Here we see Jesus has been magnifying the Father, He has been lifting the Father up before our hearts, now He reveals Himself and lets us see Him as He really is, “I and My Father are one”. This is our relationship to the Father now, we are in the Father and the Father is in us, He has imparted His life to us, His very nature has been given to us, we are as much sons of the Father as Jesus is.
John.17:20-23. (Amp) Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, that they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. I have given to them the glory and honour which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
Col.2:10. (Amp) And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead-Father, Son and Holy Spirit-and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
When our hearts can take this in, He will become more to us and we will realize something of what we are “In Him”.
That is all I have for now and it is time to say “till next time”, and in the meantime have a blessed week-end and share the Word and spread the fragrance of His love all around.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour then all you have to do is pray the following prayer from your heart and receive the free gift of salvation by faith:
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
For further “Words of Cheer” go to: http://theinvisablechurch.wordpress.com/