The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are CHILDREN of God...Romans 8:16
How do you see your father?
There is nothing quite like a father and son/daughter relationship. We probably all were attached to our mother growing up because she is the main nurturer, but the father is the provider and the protector of the family. Any mother can have a child but the family unit is not complete if the father is not apart of it.
I was blessed to be raised by both a mother and a father who were equally apart of my life; however the same can not be said for everyone. Single parent homes where the father is not present usually are dysfunctional because the main support beam is missing from the structure. In homes where the father is present but not actively involved is the equivalent to a structure that has all its parts but is leaning from unbalance.
Before the cross under the old covenant, God called His people His servants because their right standing was based on their obedience to His laws and statures. Under Levitical law God's chosen people, the children of Israel (the Jewish), had to bring offerings to the priest to atone to God for their sin, guilt, diseases, etc. They were all under these laws and had to abide by them to receive reconciliation from God.
Think about your parents. You were made in their image and in their likeness. You look like them, you sound like them, you walk like them, and you have the same mannerisms as they do. When God made the first man, Adam, He made Him in His own image. He had a personal relationship with Adam and Eve; a father and son/daughter relationship. However, Adam's disobedience caused him and all man to lose that relationship with God making all people servants of God under the old covenant.
Promoted from servant to sonship.
Think about if someone has a slave or a servant working for them. That servant has to serve their master by obeying all of their rules and instructions, and only obtains favor over their fellow workers if they are the most obedient or if they work the hardest. In other words the favor shown to that servant is conditional. Now think about if that master has a child. They're going to love that child unconditionally and without measure, unlike a servant. Even when that child makes a mistake they will be quick to forgive, quick to correct, and continue to love that child no matter what. If that child wandered off they would do everything they could to bring that child back home, back into their loving arms. That's the intimate relationship God has with believers under the new covenant!
Despite Adam's disobedience God had a plan to restore us to Him! He was not going to let the devil keep His precious children from Him forever. Today, glory be to God, we are under a new covenant. "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second [covenant]," (Hebrews 8:7). God saw that the first covenant was impossible for man to keep so He made a second. But this time He made it with the only man who could keep it; His Son sent from heaven, Christ Jesus.
Jesus fulfilled God's law by walking in perfect obedience; and He was the only One that could do it. Because of Jesus' obedience God said, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins, and their lawless deeds I will remember no more," (Hebrews 8:12). God forgave and forgot all that we have done wrong towards Him and has accepted us back into His house as sons and daughters through Christ Jesus. We are now God's beloved child, made blameless just as Jesus was when He walked the earth many years ago.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."...Romans 8:15
God is not just our master anymore, He is our Father in heaven! Since we are children of God, that makes us His heirs and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). God has restored His intimate relationship with us, blessing us and showing favor towards us because of His goodness and mercy. His love towards us grows everyday and it's not anything that we did to deserved it, but Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf!
I don't know about you but that's the best Father I have ever known or had!
Written By: Ethan Adams
Hi I'm Ethan. Ever since I found out about the truth of God's grace, I have committed my life to share it with others. I believe that knowing how much God loves us, and showing His kindness and mercy will lead us to repentance to turn and begin to seek Him. Jesus is the only person that can give us complete satisfaction and when we see Him, our worries will melt away! So come and explore my blog!