God The Father of Jesus
There is little argument among Christians about God being called “the Father” of Jesus; however, when people declare Jesus is God it then becomes hard to explain how Jesus is his own father. We must consider the questions that will be posed. How did God father a human child? Are these scriptures regarding Jesus and God literal or metaphoric?
As human beings, we can have biological children and we can have adopted children. The children we have are our children either biologically, (stemming from our human DNA), or legally when we complete the legal adoption process. Nevertheless, both biological and adopted children have the same rights and relationships with their parents according to the law. The Bible is clear we can call out Abba Father by the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15). We were reborn by the spirit of adoption. Where does this leave Jesus? The word says Jesus was the only begotten son (John 1:14, 1:18, 3;16, 3:18, Hebrews 11:17, 1 John 4:9). Even Adam the first man was not begotten, he was a created being and God breathed in him the breath of life (Genesis 2:7) and yet Adam is considered to be a “genuine human” and a “Son of God” (Luke 3:38). It is therefore imperative that we first have a “sound” understanding that defines what a Father is, what a Son is, and identify any manner in which they could possibly relate to each other. (See: Father and Son – The Relationship Between Jesus And God)
Many questions remain if we just stop here so let’s review what the Bible teaches us, especially paying close attention to what the apostles and Jesus himself tells us about who “the Father” is.
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ” [Jesus speaking] (Matt. 23:9-10).
Who is our Father? God! Who is our Master? Christ!
1. the Father is in Heaven – (Matthew 5:16, 48; 6:8-9, 14; 7:11; 23:9; 26:29)
2. the Father is God – (John 20:17; Romans 1:7; Galatians1:1)
3. The Father is who we pray to – (Matthew 6:6, 8-9, 26:42; Luke 6:12, 11:2; Heb 5:7)
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