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How God the Father Reveals Himself Through Jesus

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God wants us to know him. He doesn’t just want us to know about him. He wants us to know him in a very personal way . . . in a way that changes us. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Because he wants us to know him, we know that he wants to make himself known to us.

For more on this, see: The Goal God Wants Every Christian to Have.

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God makes himself known to us through nature. See this post for more: One Way God Makes Himself Real to Us

God the Father also makes himself known through his son, Jesus Christ

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being . . .” Hebrews 1:3

“He is the image of the invisible God . . .” Colossians 1:15

“For in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form . . .” Colossians 2:9

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:19-21

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.” Philippians 2:6

The entire Bible points to Jesus and life in him. The Old Testament anticipates the arrival of the Messiah God promised in Genesis 3:15. The gospels reveal the long-anticipated arrival of Jesus and showcase his ministry as God in the flesh. The book of Acts is the formation of the early church and the proclamation of Jesus to the world. The letters from Romans through Jude are explanations of the Christian life. The final book of Revelation is the culmination of human history as Christ returns to judge, claim his own, and rule as king. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to mankind. In Christ we see the glory of God on display. Through Jesus we gain direct access to life-giving fellowship with God.

Jesus (God the Son) shows us God the Father’s heart

  • Through the birth of Jesus, God himself came to earth.
  • He desired to come and live among messy, broken, damaged, imperfect, confused, hating, and sin-filled people.
  • We made the choice to be sinful, suffering, and separated from God through our rebellion. (Genesis 3) He made the loving choice to join us in our suffering and to walk with us through the consequences of our sin.
  • He came to rescue us from the eternal consequences/control of sin, evil, and rebellion.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17

“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14-15

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10″

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:6-8″

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”  1 John 4:9-11

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Jesus told his disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

In Jesus, the deepest reservoir of God’s love is made visible and unmistakable among us. He has clearly shown us God’s heart and his character.

Praise God for His incredible Gift!

Lisa ~


 

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